Hardscapes are a primary component of landscape design for commercial and residential properties. This could include adding features like driveways, fencing, pathways, and structures to your outdoor space or non-plant, human-created elements. They improve the look and serve practical purposes, protecting against wear and erosion.

Choosing the right materials to use is essential for hardscaping, with options like wood, concrete, asphalt, metal, stone, and gravel each having their specific benefits. Using the right material and partnering with expert professionals like Premier Property Services can significantly boost your property’s overall value and functionality.

Common Materials Used for Hardscaping


Versatile interlocking pavers are ideal for crafting customized patios, functional walkways, sturdy retaining walls, cozy fireplaces, and elegant steps or staircases. With a large variety of styles, textures, patterns, and designs available you can design an outdoor space to perfectly match your taste, whether it leans towards a classic or modern touch. Pavers are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also offer functionality, like preventing soil erosion and seamlessly enabling access throughout your property, all while remaining fully customizable and adaptable to your needs.

Visit Canlok Stone to view a variety of pavers available to commercial and residential owners in Ottawa. 


Concrete has many benefits beyond its flexibility and affordability. It can be used for various surface applications such as driveways, patios, and fencing, providing a durable foundation for outdoor spaces. What sets concrete apart is its adaptability to creative designs. Concrete can accommodate many aesthetic preferences, whether you prefer intricate patterns, smooth finishes, or textured surfaces. This includes customizing and incorporating pigments or stains, allowing your outdoor area to blend colours or subtle hues that complement your overall design scheme.

Stone and Brick

Similarly, natural stone and bricks offer timeless qualities that give charm and durability to outdoor paving projects. These materials present a classic aesthetic with their natural textures and earthy tones. They can be used to create unique pathways, cozy patios, or elegant borders that blend seamlessly with the surrounding design work.


Regarding fencing, seating areas, and gazebos, wood is the most used option for its warmth and natural beauty. Wood materials bring a touch of rustic elegance to outdoor spaces. Whether you opt for the rich hardwood hues or the sustainable appeal, wooden structures create a sense of warmth and a relaxed atmosphere.

How is Soft Landscaping Different?

Soft landscaping does not have to do with the overall structure and framework of your property’s outdoor space. Instead, it functions as the added natural appeal of the area. Softscaping includes greenery, flowers, trees, and grass. 

Soft landscaping elements can change and add texture, colour, and aroma layers. They bring creativity and preference into the space, balancing the hardscaping features. 

Getting Started on Your Project

Achieving the perfect outdoor space through hardscaping requires careful planning and execution. From considering materials and equipment needs to understanding regulations and seeking expert advice, there are a lot of elements to consider.

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