by Greg Greg

Do you want to enhance your business’s curb appeal as well as your enjoyment of its outdoor space? You may want to consider hardscape design.

Hardscape landscaping is all about making practical and aesthetic design decisions that combine to create a pleasant and welcoming space. 

Read on to learn the top three ways you can improve your business’s landscape with hardscaping! 

What is Hardscape?

Hardscape landscaping refers to any aspect of a landscape design that is non-living. Since these elements take longer to install and are more permanent than plants and other features, they’re typically the first elements that are installed. Hardscaping is a big umbrella term that can refer to: 

  • Walkways
  • Steps
  • Fences
  • Patios
  • Gazebos
  • Decks
  • And more

Water features also count as hardscape features. This can be as small as a birdbath or as large as a stone fountain outside the front door of your business. 

Hardscape Ideas

Starting with pathways, then larger objects, and following up with smaller objects is the easiest way to begin your hardscape design. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

1. Practical Pathways

Stone or cement pathways and walkways are practical additions that help direct the flow of traffic to and from your business. Even better, their design can help set the tone for the rest of the aesthetics of your landscape.

Ensuring that your pathways are smooth and free of bumps and cracks that people can trip on can save you from costly litigation. It also helps ensure that your business is easily accessible to everyone. 

2. Soothing Shade

Not all businesses are lucky enough to have trees surrounding the property that provide ample shade in the summer. If this is the case for your location, you may want to prioritize patios and gazebos. These can be great places for both employees and customers to relax. 

These features can also help enhance your business’s curb appeal, as it makes a commercial property look more welcoming. Of course, patios, gazebos, or pergolas aren’t complete without seating.

Consider concrete or stone benches that will last the test of time. Plus, you won’t have to worry about chairs or tables being stolen or blowing away during a storm. 

3. Mass, Form, and Line

When you’re considering what else to add to your hardscape design, don’t forget the three design elements: mass, form, and line. Mass is all about how much space an object or group of objects takes up in your landscape. Form refers to the shape or negative space formed, while line is the flow throughout the outdoor space. 

How your pathways lead customers to the front door is a good description of line. Meanwhile, use a combination of large and small elements such as a large fountain and several plant pots, in order to create attractive mass and form. 

Improve Your Curb Appeal With Hardscaping

If you want your business to look more inviting and professional, hardscaping is a great place to start. Beautiful pathways make it easy to access your building. Meanwhile, shade formed by patios, pergolas, and more can create a pleasant space for customers and employees alike to relax. 

Lastly, consider employing the main three design elements in order to make decisions on other elements such as water features, statues, and more. 

Our team of designers is accomplished at turning complex design ideas into business landscapes that match your budget. Fill out our quick estimate form today to get started!