Parry Sound’s scenic natural surroundings inspire homeowners to maximize outdoor living areas. Thoughtfully designed hardscaping enhances properties through integrated functionality and lasting aesthetics suited to the region’s climate and terrain. This article explores several innovative hardscaping concepts that beautify landscapes while promoting enjoyment for years.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living has become hugely popular in recent years as more and more homeowners seek to extend their usable living areas beyond the walls of their houses. Well-designed outdoor living spaces allow homeowners to fully enjoy their properties no matter the weather or season. These spaces are centred around hardscaping features which provide structure and functionality to

outdoor areas. When creatively designed and constructed, outdoor living spaces featuring varied hardscaping elements can become true works of landscape art.

Nothing elevates outdoor enjoyment like meticulously planned outdoor living spaces. Local limestone pavers laid in intricate patterns by skilled masons lend a bucolic yet elegant aesthetic. Stone columnar fireplaces erected professionally become focal points for entertaining. Built-in seating, lighting and amply-sized social areas maximize the scenic views. Colonnades define gracious outdoor room divisions seamlessly flowing between structures and nature. Hardscape Landscaping contractors advise optimal layouts considering usage, accessibility and aesthetics tailored to each home.

Walkways and Landscape Features

Nothing invites exploring a property like gracefully curving walkways. Integrated edging, benches, and sculpture punctuate the journey throughout expansive lots. Sensitively designed hardscape highlights scenery like bluffs, forests and intriguing microhabitats. Serpentine paths encourage mindfulness and draw the eye to changing vistas. Angled routes lead amblers on fascinating journeys, awakening all senses.

Skillful masonry transforms expanses of granite into tailored promenades. Geometric grids or free-flowing organic patterns emerge from well-chosen rock shapes. Random in size but carefully positioned, stones appear loosely scattered yet integrate perfectly. Special border elements like soldier course banding or inlaid patterns define the walk’s perimeter. Curving switchbacks take advantage of the terrain. Smaller accent stones fill in spaces to complete scenes. Limestone has long been a popular material for walkways and other hardscaping due to its natural beauty and durability. When designed with creativity and craftsmanship, limestone walkways can truly transform an outdoor space into an artistic oasis.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are essential hardscape features that transform otherwise unusable land into functional outdoor spaces. Beyond simply holding back earth, innovative retaining wall designs have become landscape works of art. Whether constructed of stone, timber, or other materials, retaining walls provide structure while accentuating outdoor environments through craftsmanship and creative form.

Modern interlocking concrete blocks arranged creatively allow formations to mimic natural ledges. Well-engineered swales and subdrains support structures amid soil saturation periods. Privacy and landscape definition emanate from thoughtfully positioned walls.

Outdoor Kitchens:

Modern outdoor kitchens have evolved into focal points for cooking and entertainment. With thoughtful hardscaping, an outdoor kitchen becomes much more than a place to cook—it offers a venue for entertainment, socializing, and ambiance. Like well-designed indoor kitchens, outdoor kitchens shine when every aspect comes together cohesively. Creative designs that marry function and aesthetics result in kitchen hardscaping works of art.

Custom builders craft designs tailored to specific properties, often seamlessly integrating large grills, refrigerators, sink bases, and ample cabinetry/counter surfaces made of durable stone, composite or stainless steel materials. High-end systems can rival indoor kitchens with built-in features like ice makers, cocktail centers, spacious work islands, dual fuel options, and even built-in television screens concealed in cabinet fronts. The central location of an outdoor kitchen enhances social events year-round, allowing guests to interact freely while food is being prepared. Outdoor refrigeration and ample food prep space mean fewer trips inside are needed.

Screened Porches:

Screened porches have become a beloved outdoor living feature in homes across North America. By enclosing an outdoor space but still allowing airflow and views of the surroundings, screened porches create an area that feels seamlessly integrated with indoor and outdoor living. When thoughtfully designed as part of the overall landscape, a screened porch can truly become a work of outdoor living art.

Three-season porches offer sheltered outdoor living space protected by removable screens. Custom-designed cedar or synthetic frame-and-panel enclosures thoroughly incorporate the area into home designs. Electricity brings fans, string lighting and audio while foundations stabilize surfaces such as traditional wood, tile or indoor-outdoor carpeting.

Fire Pits & Fireplaces:

The warmth and ambiance created by a flickering fire have long been a source of comfort and enjoyment for homeowners. In today’s outdoor living-focused landscape designs, fire features take center stage. Far beyond the simple utilitarian bonfire pit of the past, modern fire features have evolved into true works of artistic hardscaping. Whether a simple rustic firepit or an

elaborate stone fireplace, creative installations have become desirable focal points for entertaining and spending time outdoors.

Constructed masonry or modular fire elements become the heart of outdoor living spaces. Safety, preparation and surrounding enhancements heavily influence the total investment needed to establish captivating focal points. Surrounding seating groupings maximize warmth radiating from burning wood or accessible gas lines. Reflective stonework beautifully defines the assemblies and contrasts evening light against masonry corners and ledges.

Regardless of style, installing fire features safely and according to code preserves their enjoyment. Professional grading and reinforcement support massive masonry. Non-combustible surfacing ring pits. Proper ventilation and covered fuel sources tame flames. Annual maintenance prevents hazards. With planning, even trickier locations like near water incorporate risk mitigation. Supervising use by children and unattended guests prevents accidents. Ultimately, no other backyard upgrade immerses groups in scenic light and warmth like a skillfully incorporated, creatively designed fire feature. As transformational focal points, their hardscaping elevates landscapes far above average backyards into treasured outdoor living galleries.


Ingeniously planned hardscapes enhance livability around parry sound landscape plan with utility and visual splendour. Partnering with expert installers compliant with provincial regulations achieves quality construction, allowing years of enjoyment. With insight and well-executed designs, homeowners cultivate captivating outdoor areas embraced season after season.

Elevate your home with Schlager!

One of Parry Sound’s most impressive assets is the striking natural views that please the eye so it only makes sense that homeowners would want their homes to reflect the same. Here at Schlager Excavation & Landscaping, we have the reputation and skills to elevate your home to what it can be.

Call us today at (705) 732-1802 to get started!