Hard Landscaping Design Ideas for Front Gardens

20 January 2020

Hard landscaping is comprised of the hard components of the landscape. This includes the large pieces of hard material that make up the bulk of the “bones” of landscape materials namely rocks, stones and masonries. These landscape materials are essential in creating a sense of space that ties the garden and landscape to the rest of the outdoor area and the entire property. More often than not, hard landscaping is among the least prioritised details in front gardens because most homeowners remain unaware of its importance. Hard landscaping serves as the foundation of everything you build in your garden. Aside from that, it diverts water and drainage, and at the same time prevents erosion. Below are a few landscaping design ideas for front gardens.

Solar-Powered Water Features

Hard landscaping can be potentially expensive. A small garden full of hard landscaping, garden lighting and a bespoke water feature, for example, might well cost more than a typical suburban garden that can accommodate a large lawn and more planting, which significantly helps keep down costs. So, when you’re working out your garden design, consider what you could live without. While you might want water features, fencing, shades, garden furniture, an outdoor kitchen or outdoor dining area, decking, sheds and summerhouses, look at what you could do instead.

A water feature that works via solar power not electricity won’t just save on running costs but installation, too. Outdoor kitchens might be all the rage, but you can easily create your own without going to town – a table top barbecue atop a sturdy garden table gets you half way there.

Prioritise Patios, Walls and Paths

Remember that a large overall sum for a redesign doesn’t need to be spent all at once. Implementing a design proposal can be phased and when money is available. Initially, construct the hard landscape, for example, such as the patio, walls and paths. After that, you can proceed in building ponds, pergolas and water features unless they are already built-in in the succeeding months or years. You do not have to construct the entirety of your front garden at once, especially if you do not have the resources to do so.

Pick the Right Stone Style and Pattern

Though it can be a pricey option, bluestone has a dense composition that makes it incredibly durable. Despite its name, the versatile stone comes in a variety of colours such as blue, brown, gray, and orange. It is a natural stone and it feels great when you’re walking around barefoot, that gives your outdoor living space a more natural appeal. For a less expensive option, consider crushed stone such as pea stone or white stone.

Build a Strong Foundation

Establish a solid base for stone surfaces to avoid fix-ups later. If you are planning a stone patio, lay a six- to eight-inch layer of compacted pea stones first. It will prevent weeds and keep your patio level. If you have a good base, it ends up being low-maintenance for decades to come. You won’t have to be weeding things, pulling up stones, and re-levelling them.

Develop your front garden by improving your hard landscaping with the help of Mark Browning Landscape Design. We understand the needs and requirements of our customers and our workmanship is always designed to suit your lifestyle and give you the dream garden that is more than what you have imagined it would be.

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