What Is the Difference Between Hardscape and Softscape?

What Is the Difference Between Hardscape and Softscape?

When you think of decorating your home, most people immediately think of the interior. But the design of your lawn is just as important as the inside. The yard is the first thing people may notice — especially when driving by. Your landscaping creates an atmosphere for your entire home, making it brighter and more colorful or dark and dreary. Landscaping itself is the process of creating a beautiful piece of land by methodically placing plants, rocks, and other elements. Technically, every structure outside the house is part of the landscaping, but it is divided into separate parts: hardscape and softscape.   

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Beautiful Outdoor Patio Gives This Backyard a Wonderful Makeover

It’s funny how you think a project will go versus how it turns out. This goes for us as builders and for the homeowners as well. For this recent project, the client initially contacted us about building a deck. Their house had sliding glass doors out back, but they were too high up from the yard to just walk out. We understood why a deck naturally came to mind because of the drop distance. However, we ended up building this beautiful outdoor patio instead. Learn more about the why and this project.

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New Below Deck Patio And Fire Pit Bump Out

New Below Deck Patio And Fire Pit Bump Out

This homeowner understands the value of outdoor entertainment areas. With an upper side yard and second-story deck, they have great space. Unfortunately, the small concrete patio out the back door left a lot to be desired. That is why they decided on a new below deck patio, and fire put bump out. Interested to know what this project involved? Keep reading!

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Must-See Outdoor Entertainment Patio Area – Before & After

Must-See Outdoor Entertainment Patio Area - Before & After

When we initially met with this Maryland homeowner, we went to talk about their basement. That transitioned into discussing their backyard. They had considered doing a small patio but, upon further discussion, decided to go with a large outdoor entertainment patio area. Since they had plenty of real estate in their backyard, it really would take advantage of the space. And when you have a large area like this, why not make the most of it?

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Ultimate Deck and Paver Patio Backyard Remodel

Ultimate Deck and Paver Patio Backyard Remodel

When we say ultimate, we don’t use that word lightly. This was a considerably large project. All of which turned out stunning if we do say so (and we do). But this project is more than pretty pictures. This deck and paver patio has with multiple elements and areas. There was the deck, the stairs leading to the lower backyard, the fire pit area, a dedicated grill niche, a walkway, and more. Like working with all our homeowners, we sit down and really work to incorporate all the design elements you want to include. For this project, the list was just a bit longer than your average bear. Read on to learn and see more about the project.

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Deck to Screened-In Patio Transformation in Maryland Home

Deck to Screened-In Patio Transformation in Maryland Home

We need to discuss something we often see with new home builds. When homeowners pick out options, there are add-ons, like decks, that you can choose. Don’t. Many times those add-ons get overlooked. Often the add-ons are built with the cheapest materials and put together as quickly as possible. This is how we’ve come about this latest project: a deck to screened-in patio transformation.

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Move the Party Outside: 5 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to Your Home

Move the Party Outside: 5 Reasons to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to Your Home

Many people have heard that remodeling a kitchen is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. It stands to reason, then, that adding another kitchen–this time, outdoors–will increase that value even more. An outdoor kitchen is an attractive investment that comes with several benefits. Today’s outdoor kitchens are much more than just a built-in barbecue on a patio. People equip these kitchens with oversized grills, sinks, and granite countertops. They often feature gourmet appliances, electricity, and plumbing as well.

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