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Plan Ahead for Your Outdoor Living Space

Hardscapes are all about outdoor living, and in Iowa it’s important to plan ahead so you can start to enjoy your outdoor space as soon as the Midwest weather permits. Sometimes these seasons are short, so you need to be ready.



When it comes to outdoor spaces there is more to it than just a garden, so first, let’s consider what you and your family want to do in your new space and how you want to enjoy it. Do you want to have a lot of gatherings on the patio with Al Fresco dining? Or maybe cozy up to a firepit and roast marshmallows with the kiddos? Make a list of all your wants and needs for your outdoor space, and think big, don’t leave anything out! Then you and your designer can work on what to implement first by matter of importance. Most homeowners like to do their projects in phases or a 4-part plan.



Hardscapes are the materials used for patios, walkways and retaining walls. There are many different types of natural stone, concrete pavers and brick, so it’s easy to find one that complements the style of your home. These materials create a beautiful, functional space and connect the indoors to the outdoors.


A pathway made of natural Iowa flagstone directs your guests from the front of the house to the patio in back. A boulder retaining wall helps with erosion of your lawn and creates extra seating for friends and family. All of these hardscapes work together to unify your home's outdoor spaces.





Whether you dream of a stone or brick patio, a pool for those humid summer months or maybe a pickleball court for a little family fun, our talented and creative designers will guide you through the process from beginning to end. Whatever your ideas, big or small for your outdoor space, we can make those dreams come true.


Call now or message us and schedule an appointment with one of our five designers, and get ready to enjoy your outdoor living space.


P.S. Now that the hardscapes are in place, let's soften things up with some landscaping.


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