There’s a tremendous focus on landscapes in the Phoenix area, not to mention the nation in general. But while it’s easy to admire well-placed foliage, beautiful trees and nicely trimmed lawns, people tend to neglect the surrounding hardscape. That’s right! Walkways, patios, walls and fences often go neglected, leaving to a poorly balanced overall look and taking away from the beauty that is already there. So, why not give your hardscape some much-needed attention? Just imagine having a beautiful custom walkway, a functional yet stylish retaining wall, a full patio complete with an outdoor kitchen or even a water feature here or there. The truth is that these dreams don’t have to stay in your imagination. Our experts at Crystal Falls Pools can help make them a reality!

Now, those looking to achieve a hardscape that is truly impressive will want to stay on top of the most modern trends. Here are the hardscape trends you should be looking out for, as they are predicted to dominate 2019 and many years to come:

Outdoor Living Spaces

The best backyards of 2019 are not necessarily those that stick to the traditional definition and purpose of a “backyard”. Your backyard should be your own personal oasis of relaxation and fulfillment, and there’s no better way to do this than to add actual spaces to spend long periods of time in– outside. Your outdoor living space should be customized to fit your and your needs, and this may include (but may not be limited to) outdoor kitchens or small cooking areas, grilling areas, unique outdoor furniture setups and / or even an outdoor bar area! The point is that your outdoor living space should be most conducive to how you want to spend your spare time, and whether that’s cooking with friends and family, kicking back with a margarita or playing boardgames while the kids swim around the pool, we are here to help you find the perfect hardscape design to do this in.

Mosaic Patterns and Colors

Yes, 2019 is all about pops of color. Why go with the boring monotones that have dominated so many people’s backyards (pointlessly) for centuries now when you could be adding in colors that you love? Adding a fun mosaic pattern to a walkway makes it both eye-popping and inviting, and featuring your favorite colors around your patio and pool area ensure that the space makes you want to return again and again. Even adding touches of color or a mosaic pattern to your front walkway or other front hardscape features will add curb appeal to your home and up its value.

Natural Features

Who says that trends have to feel overly “trendy”? Natural elements have been in vogue for a while now, and they offer a classic look that fits both 2019 and long term designs. So instead of sticking to concrete, why not opt for natural stone? In addition to looking nicer and offering some texture, many types of stone are actually more durable than concrete and will last longer. You can even customize your hardscape look further by incorporating the use of different types of natural stone.

Other natural (or nature-inspired) features you might want to consider are small gardens to help outline your patio or even a waterfall flowing into your pool or even a mini pond or stream. We also offer a range of other water features that may help complement your overall hardscape design. Just imagine walking outdoors and hearing the soft sound of water flowing nearby. Instant paradise!

Fire Pits

Backyard fire pits first started being seen in the later 20th century, but they have exploded in more recent decades and show no signs of stopping. After all, why would they? A nice backyard fire pit is both aesthetically flattering and functional, and it adds value to any home (actually, all of the trends listed here in this post will up the value of your home). You can put one in to just sit around at night and relax, or one that also doubles as an outdoor stove or place for the whole family to make s’mores. There’s no need to have to make a big, exhausting trek into the wilderness for that campfire experience when you can have a great one right from the comfort of your own backyard!

Now, even though you may already have a set hardscape design, that doesn’t mean that your fire pit needs to feel out of place. Why not build it out of the same natural stone elements you have used elsewhere? Or extend part of your patio to include a designated fire pit area? The options here are tremendous, and we are more than happy to work with you to create the best design for your backyard.

Taking the Next Step

Ready to make your hardscape dreams a reality in 2019? We at Crystal Falls Pools are based in Scottsdale but proudly serve clients all across the Phoenix, Arizona area. We work individually with customers to design the perfect backyard escapes, and we offer a wide range of products and modern technology to do so. When you’re ready, give us a call!