Hardscaping: Patios, Pavers, and Walkways

With Maryland’s temperate climate, our outdoor space is our living space. Create your own private haven for relaxing, living, and entertaining. Talk to Cliff about how you’d like to be spending your time in your yard: cooking out with guests, quiet time at a firepit, reading and reflecting in a hammock on a deck, or a simple walkway from the door to a gazebo or driveway. Cliff has an eye for utilizing your existing features to your advantage, such as flat or shady areas, or natural slopes for terraces. He has ideas on how to stretch a budget, such as using gravel is some areas, or moving existing plants for new borders. He can advise where to splurge, and where to save, with hardscape materials such as pavers, stones, bricks, wood, or manufactured materials.

Brainstorm with Cliff and his team for a plethora of ideas, and an objective opinion on the pros and cons of various hardscaping design elements and materials.

Areas to Consider

Patios, Terraces, and Decks

Create a space to function as an additional living room outside. Choose from a variety of natural materials, such as stone pavers, brick, stamped concrete, travertine, or a wooden or composite deck. A sloped yard can be transformed into a multi-level terrace. The ground must be leveled with existing grass or vegetation removed. Pavers that are installed professionally will fit tightly together with a concreted border for longevity, and sealed. Consider including covered areas, kitchens, grills, fire pits, built in benches, a mix of natural stones or brick.


Adding a rock path or stone paver walkway is a small detail that enhances the entire look and usability of the yard. Do you have a well worn path in your yard already? Spruce it up with some pavers. Or add a space for grilling, or a walkway to your back gate. Cliff will share with you some ideas for adding some depth and detail to your landscape design.


A driveway does not have to be plain poured concrete or asphalt. Some attention to detail when installing your next driveway changes the entire look of your property, and doesn’t have to break the bank. Talk to Cliff about ideas for transforming your curb appeal with stamped concrete, bricks, or pavers.

Retaining Walls

Custom retaining walls may be practical or aesthetic. If you have a sloped yard, they may be recommended to prevent erosion and soil loss. Aesthetically, they are incorporated into hardscape designs to carve out additional areas, seating, or garden beds.

Materials are typically pavers, stamped concrete, river rocks or other natural stones, modular block, or occasionally wood or railroad ties.