Hardscapes are a fundamental component of any landscape, and consist of things such as patios, fire pits, pools, stairs, retaining walls and practically any object which is constructed using stone, brick or concrete. Below are some tips for using illumination to highlight these structures in a breathtaking manner.
Ambient and Functional Lighting
Ambient lighting is best reserved for your social spaces, where you and guests will spend time after dark. In such environments, softer illumination is best as it prevents glare or overly harsh shadows. Functional lighting however is the best option for work areas, where you cook or perform routine maintenance, as the lighting must be adequate so that you can see what you’re doing.
Installing a hardscape can be a very challenging task. This is largely due to climate conditions, but even when they are optimal, the work can still be grueling. The best time to install a new hardscape is during fall, spring or summer when temperatures are moderate. Additionally, some hardscapes are so challenging to install that heavy equipment must be rented, which can be costly.
However, once the hardscape is installed it will provide a host of benefits to your property. They can define the manner in which spaces are used, like your driveway, or it can function as a guide which leads visitors to specific areas where they will encounter softscaping. An example of this would be a path made of gravel which winds its way along a grassy spot which leads to a garden which is secluded.
Flagstone patios are ideal for flooring outdoors, while a retaining wall can be used to establish a planting area. Wooden fences, although not as durable as iron or steel, are exceptionally versatile.
Using Traditional Light Fixtures For Your Lawn And Garden
Although traditional light fixtures work well for gardens and lawns, they are less effective when it comes to hardscapes such as patios. Therefore, the best approach for illuminating hardscapes is to establish a portrait which makes use of multiple hardscape fixtures that will fully integrate with the construction materials that are used in outdoor spaces.
Bear in mind that water features such as pools or backyard ponds could also be considered hardscapes. The reason is because such structures come in multiple forms, and are usually made with materials that are rigid and preformed. The best way to incorporate lighting in such features is to grow the plants near and around the water so that both the softscape and hardscape blend together seamlessly.
When you add customized structures to your property which you paid a high price for, it makes sense to highlight them, that way they will be appreciated and used during all hours of the day. Residential lighting is a process that requires the right tools and knowledge, so if you are knew to the process, it is best to hire an experienced contractor or consultant who can help you come up with an attractive and unique illumination.