5 Hardscape Ideas For Backyards With Real Project Pictures You’ll Love

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New patio in Colorado Springs

5 popular hardscape ideas for backyards are patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, retaining walls, and outdoor living rooms.

See pictures of them from projects we’ve done in the post below-

Bringing In A New Space

“We need to have a backyard like the Smith’s do,” Josh suddenly says.

Melissa looks up from her phone with a smile. “You think so too?! That’s perfect because I was just looking up some hardscape ideas for backyards.” Josh laughs at the coincidence.

Fire features are hot outdoor living space ideas

“That is too funny. Alright, you think we’ll hire someone for this, or should we look into how to plan a landscape?” asks Josh. “Whoa, let’s slow down a little,” Melissa smiles. “Love the enthusiasm, though maybe we should take it one step at a time, like looking up backyard landscaping ideas to go with a hardscape.”

Josh rubs the back of his head. “Yeah, you’re right. So, you found anything good yet?” Melissa hands him her phone. “This contractor has a few good ones and pictures of projects his clients have had him do. Check them out and tell me what you think.”

Here is what Josh sees:

Hardscape Ideas For Backyards

5 amazing hardscape ideas for backyards include outdoor living rooms, patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and retaining walls. You can use any of these ideas to make your backyard even more of a fun place to be.

Outdoor Living Rooms

You can have so much fun with these.

Outdoor living rooms are a great hardscape idea for backyards

Outdoor living rooms are like adding a full-on room to your home. There are so many different outdoor living space ideas to bring to life that it’s actually fun to create a design.

You can enjoy dinner with family and friends under a pergola with string lights running through it. Sit outside and enjoy some great weather and the view. Some people hook up a tv over an outdoor fireplace.


Patios are a great hardscape idea for any backyard.

Patio in Colorado Springs

They’re ideal for outdoor dining, relaxing with friends and family, or finding some time for yourself. If you have a backyard water feature patios provide a place to sit and relax near it. Patios are also easier to maintain than plants or a lawn.

Outdoor Kitchens

You can step your chef game up big time with this backyard hardscape idea.

Outdoor kitchens are the ideal backyard hardscape idea if you want to step up your cooking game

Outdoor kitchens are unique and fun, plus you won’t have to worry about setting off the smoke detector. They pair very well with patios and outdoor living rooms. It’s like having an open concept kitchen/living room in your backyard! You can see an outdoor kitchen a client in Ivywild had us do

Fire Pits

You can probably already see how amazing a fire pit would be in your backyard.

Fire pit with chairs around it

Humans have been gathering around a fire with others ever since fire was discovered. Nowadays we do it because fire pits allow us to roast marshmallows, stargaze, and enjoy the company of others. Fire pits are also a great backyard hardscape because you can use it to enjoy your outdoor area into the colder months.

Retaining Walls

This backyard hardscaping idea is helpful and beautiful.

Retaining walls are a great idea if you want to level out your backyard

Retaining walls can flatten out certain areas of your yard. It’s like discovering a new part of your yard. This means more room for plants, benches, a water feature, or anything else you’d like to put there. Plus the artfully stacked stone just looks great!

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“You had me at the outdoor living room,” Josh says excitedly. “I know right! This is perfect, especially right now because we’ll have a safer space than inside to be with friends and family,” Melissa points out. “Why don’t we see what else this contractor has on his blog?”