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Vertical Hardscaping Design: Get The Most From Your Space

Vertical Hardscaping Design: Get The Most From Your Space

Hardscaping Kansas City

No matter the shape or size of your outdoor space, you can always benefit from adding a vertical element. Not only do they save room, they make stunning focal points and add value to your home. The right combination of vertical features can transform your patio into a true backyard getaway.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to vertical hardscaping. These elements are extremely versatile. You can keep them low, accenting your living area by situating them at the same height as your other features. Or, you can create a sky-high attraction that will capture the attention of anyone who enters your yard.

What Exactly Is A Vertical Element?

From seating walls and water features to fireplaces and pergolas, vertical elements are those that occupy walls instead of the ground. They free up space and make excellent attention-grabbers. Vertical hardscaping is especially useful in small yards where square footage is limited. In large spaces, these elements help to distinguish between different areas and create cozy environments.

Fire Pits And Seating Walls

If your goal is to maximize your outdoor living space, look no further than fire features and seating walls. These elements transform underused yards into year-round hotspots for entertaining family and friends. Seating walls are the perfect supplement to fireplaces and fire pits, both heightening their drama and providing additional seating. With built-in benches and room for temporary chairs, you can comfortably host as many guests as you’d like. These low maintenance additions will last a lifetime. Just imagine all of the memories waiting to be created by the firelight.

Water Features

If your backyard is lacking a certain wow factor, consider adding a water feature. These elements introduce movement and sound to otherwise stagnant spaces. They are crowd favorites and flow well with any style or design. Imagine relaxing to the tranquil trickling of water after a long day at work. You’re reclining in your favorite chair with a good book and a beverage. It doesn’t get much better than that.


What is a pergola exactly? Pergolas are those latticed, vine covered structures often found in gardens. They create natural shade and add architectural intrigue. Pergolas can be incorporated into any outdoor space. Their understated elegance compliments a variety of features, like stone fireplaces, firepits, and outdoor kitchens. Not only are they beautiful, they serve multiple functions. Pergolas protect from harsh sun, define boundaries within large spaces, and are perfect for hanging lights and plants.

Columns And Planters

Columns and planters are great accents for elements like seating walls. They help to define space and they incorporate color through plants and flowers. Embracing the outdoors is one of the easiest ways to elevate your living area. Small details like these may seem trivial, but they make all the difference in unifying your design, adding character, and increasing the value of your home.

If you’re interested to see how vertical hardscaping would transform your outdoor space, please give us a call at (816) 608-8870 or book an appointment on our website. We’ll be happy to show you why you can’t go wrong by going vertical!

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