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The Most Popular Hardscape Materials and How to Choose

When you decide which types of hardscape designs you want to install in your outdoor living space, whether it’s a walkway, an outdoor fireplace, or even an outdoor kitchen, some of the most important decisions you’ll make will be regarding the materials you use. There are many different types of materials of choose from. Among them, there are various colors, styles, and textures.

Each material has its own personality and adds certain elements of style to your outdoor living space. There are numerous angles to consider, such as how your materials look when compared to the building materials of your home and what sort of atmosphere you want your materials to create.

For example, natural stone is an excellent compliment to a garden, but if your home is of a modern or contemporary design, you may wish to use smooth concrete pavers to maintain that modern aesthetic. Likewise, brick may seem a bit utilitarian at first, but it can also evoke an entirely different feel when it’s uniquely patterned and placed in the context of a garden or outdoor seating area.

Here are a few of the most popular hardscape materials and how you can use them:

Clay Brick

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Brick is one of the most widely-used building materials in the world, and for good reason. It’s sturdy, attractive, easy to maintain, and affordable. You can mix and match different colors of brick to work well with your surroundings. For example, if red brick looks too formal, you can switch to white or yellow brick. The colors typically reflect mineral content within the brick itself and the temperature at which the clay is cooked. Brick can also be arranged into different patterns to reflect your style.

Brick is a versatile material. It can be used for patios, walls, walkways, stairs, and even other outdoor fixtures like fireplaces. You can also pair brick with other materials, like concrete pavers, to create contrast and class.

Concrete Pavers

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Unlike poured concrete, concrete pavers give the appearance of textured brickwork without much of the associated costs. You can create almost anything with concrete, including patios, retaining walls, and walkways. They’re perfect for creating a non-slip surface on a pool deck.

Of course, the key benefit of using concrete pavers is the variety and the opportunity to create your own style. They can be sectioned into numerous shapes and sizes to create beautiful, unique, eye-catching designs. You can also mix different colors to add style and contrast.


Fieldstone wall

Fieldstone and other natural stones may be made of granite, marble, limestone, or other natural materials. Stone can be laid in a variety of patterns to create natural-looking garden paths, or stacked to create attractive retaining walls and other structures. If available, you can often use locally-quarried stone to decrease costs.

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Fieldstone can come in various sizes. Depending on the way it’s quarried and assembled, you can create different types of walls and surfaces, such as stone veneer, thin stone, and garden stone surfaces.



Like other natural building materials, cobblestone comes in a variety shapes and colors, depending on the type of stone being used and the way the stone is masoned. It’s a natural building material that’s indicative of the style of old European cities and plazas — perfect for patios and even driveways.

If you want a more contemporary look, you can use cobble pavers instead of masoned stone. These also come in a variety of colors, including brick red.


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Wood is another versatile material that can be used for all manner of hardscaping projects. You can use it to build structures, simple outdoor seating installations, or even pool decks. Although wood is a classic material, finished wood can be placed alongside other materials to provide contrast and create a modern aesthetic.

There are many varieties and colors of wood available to make your hardscape design ideas come to life. Often, the best option is to work with your contractor to determine the ideal wood type for your project.

If you’d like to learn more about hardscape materials and what hardscape materials are available in Plymouth, Massachusetts and surrounding towns, contact us online or call us at (774) 413-5012. We can even give you an estimate for your project and schedule a site visit.

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