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The term "hardscape design" describes the practice of incorporating inanimate, or "hard," elements into a landscape plan. Whether you're starting from scratch or trying to improve upon an existing design, adding hardscapes can improve your property's efficiency, low maintenance, and overall beauty.
Hardscape is a term used in the industry to define solid materials used in outdoor design, such as concrete pavers, brick, asphalt, tile, and natural stone. Your backyard may become a stunning outdoor area ideal for entertaining or unwinding. There are numerous types, textures, and colors available when choosing hardscapes.
There is no one-size-fits-all estimate for the price of your hardscaping project because each one is unique. But during a free consultation, the staff at Arellano Landscaping will talk about your budget in order to provide solutions and ideas that you can afford without losing beauty and function.
There's hardscaping material for every budget. High end materials that require complicated processes are a splurge. Other maerials like concrete gravers, gravel, and asphalt are more budget-friendly. Popular materials include: Coated steel or iron, Asphalt, Wood, Natural Stones, Concrete, Brick, Gravel, Ceramic, and plastic or rubber.
Pave Patios, Walkways, and Driveways
Pavers are a great addition to any landscaping project; they add to your home's resale value and give you additional opportunities to enjoy the outdoors on your property. Your patios, walks, or driveways will be expertly tended to, and there are a number of available personalization options and applications.
Concrete pavers are your best bet as they’re cost-effective and come in many styles. Clay pavers are runner-up but limited to fewer colors and shapes. No matter which material you use have fun with borders or different textures.
We highly recommend if you're spending the money on pavers, don’t skimp on the sealer. Your installers will immediately seal it, and every three to four years, it will require a fresh coat.
- Prevents fading. Without sealer, the sun’s harsh rays will fade your paver driveway’s great color.
- Protects from weathering. You don’t want pounding rain to weather the surface of your driveway.
- Locks in the sand between each paver for a tight fit, keeping your pavers in place.
- Keeps dirt out. If dirt settles into those cracks between the pavers, weeds sprout.
- Deters pesky ants. They love building mounds in those spaces between pavers.
You bet! Pavers are great for driveways. Pavers flex and move when they shift, unlike solid slabs of concrete, which prevents them from cracking. So they won't break and chip with the weight of a car driving over them, keep in mind that driveway pavers should be smaller than the huge pavers you could select for a patio.
Outdoor Kitchens, Bars, Built-in Grills, and Rooms
The addition of a well-designed and built outdoor kitchen can transform even the most ordinary backyard into a stunning gathering place for hosting family and friends. Your creativity is limited only by how far you are willing to take it!
An outdoor kitchen is a great way to entertain and extend your living and entertainment spaces. It gives you a boost in your quality of life by allowing you to spend time peacefully in the outdoors. Having an outdoor kitchen, bar, grill, etc. can increase the resale value of your home, lower your energy cost, and saves you money on eating out!
You should consider how much space you'll need for cooking and entertaining when designing your outdoor kitchen. Consider how many guests you usually enjoy hosting and where or how they might be sitting in your kitchen. Consider how much room you'll need to travel between the kitchen and dining area, as well as to have your ingredients and supplies close at hand.
It's essential to bear in mind that to operate the grill securely; there must be sufficient space between it and the seating area. Another thing to think about is making sure the grill has enough room on the sides to fit all of your materials. You don't want to design your kitchen just to find that it is too small to move around and grill!
The size you create your outdoor kitchen, the materials you use, and the appliances you install will all affect how much it costs.
Your outdoor kitchen will probably cost between $2,000 and $10,000 if you stick to the fundamentals, with a less expensive grill, a compact footprint, and few to no bells and whistles.
You might spend anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000 if you go all out with a top-of-the-line barbecue, extra luxury appliances, and high-end finishes in a big space.
Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits
When the weather gets cooler in the evening, having a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can help you remain out longer and feel more connected to your friends, family, and the great outdoors. Let us help you choose the right option for your outdoor space!
Licensed plumbers or professional gas installers should be resources used for installing your fire pit. There are safety risks involved with installing gas products, as well as local codes that have to be taken into account.
No. The intense heat generated by a wood-burning fire could damage your fire pit. If you want to burn wood, look into a wood-burning fire pit.
Cooking on your gas fire pit is not recommended. The grease or drippings from your food will clog the burner and give your media a dirty appearance. Fire pits also burn a bright yellow flame for appearance, and yellow flames produce soot and smoke. They don’t soot up your media too much because the bottom, blue-er portion of the flame is what’s touching them. The tops of the flames, though, the parts that would be cooking your food, would produce a heavy sooty covering on what you’re cooking.
If you want to cook in a fire pit, we recommend looking into a fire pit grill that uses wood instead of gas. Only cook over your wood fire pit if you use hardwood, as other woods can be toxic.
Ponds, Pondless Waterfalls, and Fountains
Consider popular destinations for vacations. Most of the time, this location is near some body of water like the sea, a lake, or a river. Why do you think that is? In our opinion, it contributes to the relaxation and overall soothing effect of a trip. Why not bring the vacation home by adding something to your environment that will make it a location for you to unwind.
Ponds are nice for people who want a full ecosystem experience with fish, water plants, and waterfalls. Pondless waterfalls have everything a pond has, except you can't have the koi or goldfish in them because there is no visible pond; the water is stored underground. Finally, decorative water fountains can have the same thing as a pondless waterfall, but the design will look different because of the materials or decorations involved.
Positively! Your disappearing water features can be put on a time that turns your waterscapes on and off, just like your pool or nightscape lighting. Many people have this landscape water feature run early morning while preparations for the day are underway, depending on the waterfall's location.
You can also get a little remote control for your disappearing waterscapes that you can use from inside the house to turn your waterfall on and off! The bonus to this feature, as opposed to the timer, is on a Saturday morning when you ordinarily have a large breakfast, your waterfall won’t suddenly turn off just after 8am. Most timers won’t know you planned on sticking around longer in your kitchen on a Saturday morning.
If you want the fish to live, then the answer is no. Because there is no actual body of water, the fish would have an extremely difficult time being circulated through the pump and other equipment. However, pondless waterscapes are almost irresistible when it comes to attracting other types of wildlife, such as butterflies, dragonflies & a wide variety of feathered friends.
Pergolas and Gazebos
Pergolas and gazebos are by far the best option to expand your living space and enjoy the outdoors. Having a pergola or gazebo built to shield your new outdoor living room from the sun might make it your family's favorite room in the house. For every design and price range, we have a pergola or gazebo.
A pergola is any of several styles of open frame or lattice roofs supported by columns, either attached to another structure or free standing. Often used as a garden feature, the open roofs are sometimes used for climbing vines. A patio cover is very similar but employs a solid or covered roof as protection against the elements. Sometimes called arbors or trellises, pergolas can be small or large, used to cover walkways or even as extensions of homes.
No doubt. We can create a structure that will properly fit your space if you require one that is either smaller or larger than one of our normal sizes. You must be sure to provide us with precise measurements if there are any objects, such as buildings, trees, deck railings, or other structures, that could restrict the size of your pergola, either at the base or the overhanging beams and runners. The simplest way to achieve this is to provide us with a sketch that includes the sizes and available area. A picture could be useful as well. We can make almost any configuration if there are no barriers and you just need a different size.
The main difference between a pergola and a gazebo is the function of the roof. A gazebo provides full coverage from the sun, while a pergola allows sunlight to shine through its slatted roof. Typically, a pergola provides partial shelter and shade over a garden, pathway, or patio. The crisscrossed wooden roof is an optimal space for plants and vines to climb. Meanwhile, a gazebo is a covered, designated seating area in the yard that offers more protection from the elements.
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