Lake in the Hills Hardscaping Services
For the highest-quality hardscape design and installation services in Lake in the Hills, turn to a team that has the experience and skill to transform your property and deliver the outcome you desire. For almost ten years, our team has helped design and create stonescapes, outdoor dining areas, pools, decks, and other hardscapes for residential and commercial properties across the area.
Many property owners are not aware of the terminology when it comes to landscaping, but the distinction between softscapes and hardscapes is relatively straightforward. Softscape refers to horticultural elements, such as plants and grass, while hardscape indicates hard elements, like driveways and sidewalks. Softscapes are living, but hardscapes are not.
A well-designed and installed hardscape can improve any outdoor space, giving it a sense of refinement and permanence. By installing a hardscape outdoors, you can effectively expand your usable living space, creating a warm and inviting extension from the indoors to the outdoors. When you hire the Lake in the Hills hardscaping experts of Daybreaker Landscapes, you can rest assured that you have a team of professionals who know how to help make your home the talk of the neighborhood, or improve your commercial property for tenants and visitors. Call us at (815) 596-0070 or contact us online to speak to one of our hardscape professionals about your project.
Common Hardscape Projects
Some of the most common kinds of hardscape projects include but are not limited to:
- Outdoor living rooms – Extend your inside living space to the outside with an outdoor living room. We can create a space that will let your family and friends enjoy the outdoors together.
- Arbors — Typically erected near the entrance to a path, walkway, or garden, these structures may be a single arch or made of wood posts. Arbors can also be shelters for benches or other seating areas and are often adorned with plants.
- Decks — Decks are one of the most common hardscape additions that people make to their yards, and they are often large projects intended to cover a sizable area. Wood is often the material of choice for deck construction. Decks are made to hold numerous people at one time, so safety issues are paramount. Homeowners will want to use professionals to construct a safe, quality deck.
- Driveways — Though concrete remains popular for its durability, gravel, asphalt, and cobblestone are also used for driveway construction. Some homeowners may want to incorporate circular, brick, or paver driveways.
- Fences — Often necessary for homes with pets or small children, fences also give most homeowners a greater sense of privacy and can be used to address security concerns. Wood and metal are among the most common materials used in the construction.
- Furniture — Outdoor furniture is gaining popularity because it is highly functional and well-enjoyed by most people. Wooden benches in garden areas are inviting and visually appealing.
- Fountains — The sound of running water from your beautiful outdoor fountain will relax you when you head outdoors. A fountain can be built out of stone, fiberglass, metal, or ceramic, in any size to fit your space and design aesthetic.
- Gazebos — A gazebo is a lovely freestanding structure that also creates value for your home. It may be used to house a hot tub or as a getaway spot. Gazebos can vary significantly in size and depend on personal preference and needs.
- Patios — Typically low maintenance, a patio can help extend your living area and for entertaining. Like gazebos, patios can also add value to your home and may be constructed from brick, concrete, or pavers.
- Pergolas — A pergola is similar to an arbor but is usually a bit larger. A pergola can be an independent structure or attached to a house. Most have four support beams with open sides. They are often made of wood, but fiberglass columns, stone, and metal framing are also used. Pergolas may be wired for electricity.
- Stairs — Stone staircases add visual appeal to hardscape elements in your yard. Stairs can also be smart solutions for sloping issues in your yard.
- Walkways — Pebbles, brick, stone, gravel, or pavers are common choices for walkway bases. The choice of material should reflect the theme of your home, and you will want a professional’s assistance to install a safe, quality walkway.
- Walls — Erected for various purposes, walls are excellent solutions for privacy or function and can be constructed from a variety of products. Retaining walls are specifically used to hold or retain soil.
- Fire pits/outdoor fireplaces – A fire pit or outdoor fireplace can completely change the look and feel of your garden or patio and provide the perfect setting for backyard enjoyment.
A beautiful and useful landscape will have the right balance of softscape and hardscape elements. Need help with designing a layout that fits your property? Call us for help.
Materials Used in Hardscape Projects
Hardscape projects can be installed using many different types of materials, depending on the architectural style of your home and your personal tastes and preferences. Some commonly-used materials in hardscape projects include:
- Brick — Brick is a favorite for pavements because of its color, appearance, and strength to support other materials. It is also slip-resistant, which is beneficial for surfaces in high-traffic areas. Brick appeals to environmentally conscious consumers because it is all natural. Another advantage to brick is its easy installation. The primary concern with brick concerns the impact of weather, as brick is less porous than stone or concrete, so it can erode much easier.
- Concrete — Concrete can be extremely versatile and may be used in a variety of hardscape projects. The low maintenance factor can make it the most economical choice in some cases. Like brick, concrete is also very strong, but it can come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Concrete can also be customized for more unique shapes. Unlike brick, the weather durability of concrete makes it better suited for hardscape. The downside is that concrete is not particularly attractive and is susceptible to cracks, and its stain may wear off quickly in higher traffic areas.
- Faux-Wood — Designed to look like the real thing, faux-wood is built to last. Also known as composite hardscape material, faux-wood doesn’t fade or warp like natural wood. The difference usually is found in the price point, as faux-wood is typically more expensive for these benefits. Faux-wood can be beneficial in certain types of environments, such as in places that are commonly used or exposed to colder weather.
- Loose Stone — Loose stone, such as pea gravel, is an attractive option because it is relatively cheap, easy to maintain, and easy to install. Buyers often feel as if they have gotten good value in using pea gravel to create a simple path or garden border. Pea gravel isn’t always ideal, though, as the loose stones can be easily dislodged. These can also be a hazard for people with children or pets who may put the stones in their mouths. Loose stones also do not work well in high-traffic areas.
- Natural Wood — Wood is generally the most common kind of hardscape material used in most project additions, such as decks, walls, furniture, and fences. Wood is an attractive choice, though upkeep can be a challenge, as it will wear over time and is particularly vulnerable to weather damage. Wooden elements can be successfully preserved and cared for, but effort is required to maintain wood’s visual appeal.
- Pavers — Pavers are stones made from concrete, natural stone, or clay brick. The pieces usually interlock to create a highly durable pavement surface. Installing pavers can be more complicated, as this hardscape requires removing dirt and grass from the installation area, leveling the exposed soil, adding gravel to the area, and installing bedding sand before the pavers can be put in. The last steps are filling the joints and sealing the space. Once installed, pavers are low maintenance, except for weed issues, but they are somewhat pricey.
- Solid Stone — Natural stone continues to be an increasingly popular option because it is low maintenance and extremely strong and weather durable. Stone is also easy to design and can add value to a home. For the environmentally conscious, natural stone also removes the concerns involved with manufacturing concrete. Natural stone can be more expensive because it is excavated from a quarry, and it also needs to be of a certain thickness to support foot traffic.
- Tile — People can choose from a wide assortment of tiles, each with advantages and disadvantages:
- Quarry tile is widely available and slip-resistant, but its quality can vary greatly depending on its origin.
- Stoneware is damage-resistant but more expensive.
- Glazed polychrome costs much less and is available in many different colors and patterns, but it is not slip-proof.
- Swimming pool tile withstands water but has limited colors and styles.
- Porcelain is large and lightweight but lacks visual appeal
- Glass is visually appealing but susceptible to cracks.
- Wood tiles can be used to rehabilitate old decks but are expensive.
- Saltillo pavers provide a more rustic look but are very porous and require sealing.
Our hardscape experts will discuss your project with you, and will design a hardscape using the materials that match or compliment your home’s architecture and design.
Why Hire Daybreaker Landscapes?
Hardscape projects require diligent planning and skilled execution, and it can be difficult for the average person to install a professional-looking hardscape on their own. When you hire Daybreaker Landscapes, you’ll have hardscape experts with years of experience installing professional hardscapes, ready to work for you. We are committed to designing and installing a hardscape that will impress your family and friends and will be enjoyable for everyone for years and decades to come.
If you want professional assistance with a residential or commercial hardscape project, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your project. United States Air Force veteran Jeff Rausch founded Daybreaker Landscapes in 2010, and he and his team remain committed to customer satisfaction, communication, and reliability.
We are a U.S. Veteran Owned Business and a member of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association. Areas served by Daybreaker Landscapes include Barrington, Elgin, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, and several other surrounding communities.
Ready to talk about your hardscape project for your home or commercial property? Contact us at (815) 596-0070 or reach out to us online and let our knowledgeable experts help make your dreams a reality.