East Tennessee Hardscapes


Certainly! Hardscape landscaping refers to the inanimate elements contributing to an outdoor space’s overall design and function. Unlike the living components—like plants, trees, and flowers—that comprise the “softscape,” hardscape components are static and non-living. These include walkways, patios, driveways, walls, and other hard surfaces that define or border a garden or yard.

Key Elements of Hardscape

1. Patios and Decks

Patios and decks are foundational to any hardscape design. These flat surfaces serve as the stage for social gatherings, outdoor dining, or relaxation. Materials commonly used for these areas include concrete, wood, or various types of stone.

2. Driveways

A driveway is another prominent feature that serves a functional purpose. Materials like asphalt, concrete, or decorative stone pavers are typically used to create driveways.

3. Walkways and Paths

Connecting various areas of your outdoor space, walkways, and paths offers aesthetic and functional value. These can be constructed from various materials, including concrete, brick, or crushed stone.

4. Walls and Fences

These vertical elements provide privacy and can act as windbreakers. Materials for walls and fences vary greatly, from wooden panels to stone blocks or even metal.

5. Water Features

Although not completely “hard,” water features like fountains and ponds are often considered part of hardscaping due to their permanent and structural nature.

6. Outdoor Structures

Arbors, pergolas, and gazebos are additional structures that can be included in a hardscape. These structures add an architectural element and provide shaded areas.

Hardscape landscaping in East Tennessee
Hardscape landscaping in East Tennessee

Importance of Hardscapes

The hardscape is essential for a variety of reasons:

  1. Functionality: It provides the groundwork for various activities in your outdoor space.
  2. Visual Balance: Hardscaping elements contrast the softscape, creating a balanced, visually pleasing environment.
  3. Property Value: Well-designed hardscape features can increase the resale value of a property.

No need to plan. Let Etld do it for you.  With our 3D design technology, you will be able to see your new hardscape and make changes to it before it is ever installed

We can show you your patio as it sits next to your house, using multiple different materials and shapes until you get exactly what you want

Remember, a well-designed hardscape enhances your outdoor space’s usability and adds to your entire property’s aesthetic charm. Is now the time to consider Illuminating Landscape Lighting Solutions?


Bob Vila