hardscape_broward_landscapeWhile lawns and gardens are pretty, a low-maintenance backyard can be more appealing for some homeowners. Hardscapes, which refers to paths, patios and other hard surfaces, provides for a great place to relax outdoors. Many say that the goal of hardscaping is to make the outside of the house as livable as the inside.

Among the most popular elements of hardscaping are outdoor kitchens, patios, pergolas, and fire pits.

Budgeting for Hardscaping

Hardscaping a backyard can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 for a space that’s under two acres. Adding a swimming pool can cost $100,000 to $300,000. A small patio and fire pit can cost $50,000 to $60,000 depending on the size and market.

One way is to stay on budget by installing a project in phases over several years. Add things like a pergola or an outdoor kitchen later rather than choosing cheaper materials.

Prepare surfaces to minimize future issues and to use the right products for the weather in your area. Choosing different materials such as steppingstones instead of a full stone walkway or a raised deck instead of a terrace can lower costs.

Hardscaping Tips

Create an Outdoor Room: Physical walls or plants and hard surfaces underfoot can enhance this effect.

Don’t Skimp on Materials: Even though materials are expensive, it’s important that the project is well built.

Don’t Rush: These are expensive projects and you don’t want to spend the money and then have to make expensive changes.

Connect Your Interior and Exterior: The outdoor plan should flow from the interior of the house and relate to the interior design of the house. Check the view from inside the house to create a vista that draws people outside.

Consider Synthetic Turf: Realistic-looking fake grass is a popular option for homeowners who like the look of a lawn but don’t want to spend their time mowing and weeding.

Broward Landscape is the South Florida leaders in landscape design, outdoor living spaces, outdoor kitchens, bars, outdoor fire pits, exterior lighting, pavers, decking, walkways, tree care, sprinkler repair, pergolas and arbors. We can do for you and your family, everything discussed in this blog.

Our reputation and results speak for themselves. This includes large-scale corporate environments, city parks, shopping malls and apartment complexes, condominiums and homeowner associations. Our experienced landscaper designers set the standard each day in landscape design and hardscaping. We are the landscapers that light up your life!