One of the most challenging and rewarding parts of landscaping and hardscaping is creating harmony. Homes are a juxtaposition of nature and building. The house itself has a fixed look, and the yard likely has the basic design from the original build or a previous owner’s work.
So how does the natural yard synergize with the home itself? A well thought out design is the ideal way to start. Having an idea of the style, vision and final look will start to define what needs to stay, what needs to go, and what features can be added.
There are a lot of options here, and this is where the experienced eye can make a big difference.
Knowing what doesn’t need to be there is just as important, if not more so, than what goes in. Does natural stone work with an existing fence that has an industrial look? What about a modern house with a driveway that looks rustic? Does the design complement or contrast? Both can work, and it doesn’t have to be just one or the other. What it DOES need is harmony!
The overall features, retaining walls, pavers, and stone should all work in some thematic way to ensure a pleasing and welcoming final landscape project.