Creating Balance

Hardscaping is an appealing feature and provides numerous attractive options, from a completely developed outside kitchen and living room to a rustic stacked wall.

Professional landscaping designs are about more than simply planting a few trees or flowers and walking away. For a totally captivating-looking yard and property that goes from average to outstanding, you need to create some balance.

The ideal landscape will combine a natural blend of both hardscape design and softscapes to create a professional, beautiful, and finished appearance.

Even more important, hardscaping helps bring genuine functionality to your hardscape lawn or commercial property.

What Is Hardscaping?

If you’re asking yourself, what is hardscaping, you’ve come to the right place. A hardscape contains various features that are man-made and use either constructed or natural components. Hardscape designs can include stunning features such as:

If you have a walkway constructed from bricks or rubber mulch, then this is considered hardscape landscaping that uses man-made materials. Some examples of hardscaping that you may wish to include in your hardscape yard include:

  • Outdoor kitchens
  • Gazebos
  • Decks
  • Driveways
  • Patios
  • Pergolas
  • Firepits
  • Stepping stones

Hardscaping and landscaping design also includes your landscape’s usual surfaces for driving, walking, and relaxing. Outdoor hardscape design is the architectural foundation of just about all outside living areas, such as outdoor living rooms, kitchens, and fire pit areas. Our professional hardscapes can be totally customized and are versatile, offering your guests or family things like backdoor patios that include low stone walls for additional seating to multi-level patio designs that include steps.

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Benefits of Hardscaping

Hardscaping provides a whole range of benefits for your home. You can add the component of height to a garden and beautify your yard with a trellis, but it likely won’t conserve water or increase the value of your property. But, a paving stone patio, on the other hand, is an example of an outdoor hardscape design that could increase the value of your property and reduce how much water you’re using, while also enhancing your outdoor living area’s visual appeal.

Benefits of hardscape landscaping include:

Conserves Water

Hardscaping and landscape design conserve water. By replacing living landscape features, like natural grass, with a hardscape lawn, you can substantially decrease how much water you use each month for irrigation.

Provides Visual Flow

An outdoor hardscape design works as a feature that drives progression between your home and yard. It offers a visual traffic flow, along with providing the additional space you require to entertain your family or group of friends or even just spend a little relaxing quiet time by yourself.

Low Maintenance

A hardscape yard doesn’t require a whole lot of maintenance. Once installed, most professional hardscapes require very minimal maintenance.

If you’re not the type of person who has a whole lot of time, or who likes to get your hands dirty in your yard, then it would probably make a lot of sense to replace a part of your yard with a hardscape yard item to help maximize your enjoyment. When you have less lawn, that means less yard work, and more time for you to relax and indulge in your new hardscape lawn and hardscaping and landscape design outdoor living area.

Increases Functionality

A hardscape design helps to increase your property’s functionality. For instance, if you were to add an outdoor grilling station or an outdoor kitchen, it would make your outside living space more functional because it allows you to prepare your meals outside in your backyard.

A hardscape additionally creates a more functional yard, particularly if it’s difficult to mow your grass because of slopes or you have an incline that keeps you from being able to use the space. We can excavate areas like these or install retaining walls to create flat terraces that will provide you with more outdoor space functionality.

Flat surfaces will provide you with the capability to install various features, like an outdoor living room or kitchen, with added patio. And, adding a well-designed outdoor living space through a hardscaping and landscape design, will help to increase your Minnesota home’s property value.

Defines Yard Areas

A hardscape lawn item helps to define different yard areas. One example would be if you had a patio. That would define part of your yard as being an outside living area. Hardscape yards expand your overall living area by helping you to create outdoor areas for daily activities and entertainment.

Promotes Privacy

A brick-like puzzle piece made out of concrete, interlocking pavers come in a variety of colors and textures. Whether you’re looking for a subtle look, or want to use multiple colors to make patterns or works of art, interlocking pavers are a simple way to make a statement with your hardscape.

Creates Shade

Certain hardscaping materials help to create shade, such as gazebos or pergolas. You’ll be able to relax in your yard in a cool and heat-reduced environment.

Increases Property Value and Curb Appeal

Hardscape landscaping can help increase the value of your property and its curb appeal. When adequately designed and installed properly, many hardscape landscaping ideas can enhance the curb appeal of your home, enhance your home’s perceived value, and increase the value of your property.


We Use Materials as Diverse as Our Hardscape Designs

We can use various types of hardscaping materials to create a flat hardscape design, depending on what you’re looking for in terms of the feel and style. Some of the popular hardscaping materials we use are:

Natural Stone Pavers

Are you dreaming of cobblestone Italian streets and pavements of old? We use a variety of sizes or cuts of natural stone to create a truly stunning hardscape design feature that is both functional and beautiful. Get the rustic style you deserve.


Brick is a common and durable hardscaping material for retaining walls, sitting walls, and a wide range of paving needs. Our expert masons have the experience and tools needed to quickly install brick hardscaping features of the highest quality.


It’s an old standard for a reason. Poured concrete is simple and can be used in virtually any sized or shaped space. In the case of retaining walls and stairs, ALD can also construct these features from stacked stone or boulders, or modular blocks. We love working with stone and boulders for their natural charm.

Interlocking pavers

Interlocking pavers can cover your driveway, decking, walkway, or patio. You can use interlocking pavers on just about any application you’d use concrete or bricks for. They’re a viable alternative and come in many textures, colors, and designs. Regardless of whether you’re wanting to use several colors to create works of art or patterns, or you’re looking for more of a subtle appearance, interlocking pavers are an easy way to let your hardscape stand out.


For a natural and elegant look, wood hardscaping features provide the perfect balance for your home. We can help you choose the right wood for your project and show you how to maintain your hardscaping design after installation. If you’re in the market for a versatile and timeless hardscaping material, wood is the way to go.

Outdoor Hardscape Design You Can Trust

There are a number of factors that go into choosing the best hardscaping materials for your property. The style of your house, the purpose of your hardscaping and landscape design, your personal taste, your overall landscape design, and your budget will also influence which materials we suggest for you to use for your project. Our professional design and installation team has an abundance of experience and skills working with these professional hardscapes and we’ll help you choose the right materials for your hardscape project. Contact us today for your free estimate.