Outdoor Hardscape Design to Transform Your Indiana Backyard


Landscape design allows homeowners to extend their time spent outside by creating functional, lifestyle-enhancing spaces. Hardscaping is an essential component of landscape design, as it complements the softscaping elements like plants, trees, and flowers to create a balanced and visually appealing outdoor environment. When considering outdoor hardscape design, it’s important to note that not all hardscape materials may suit your climate. Let’s explore some benefits of hardscaping and the top hardscaping design ideas that can withstand Indiana’s cold winters, hot summers, and everything in between.


Benefits of Outdoor Hardscaping


Adding hardscaping materials into an outdoor living space offers many benefits, helping homeowners make a valuable investment for functional and aesthetic purposes. 


  • Increased Property Value

Outdoor hardscaping can increase the resale value of your home. Potential buyers see quality hardscape features as desirable assets, making your property more appealing in the real estate market.

According to the National Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ 2023 Remodeling Impact Report, a new patio project recoups up to 95% of its value. A well-designed and maintained outdoor space can set your property apart from others in an often-crowded and competitive home market.


  • Enhanced Aesthetics

Hardscaping adds structure, texture, and eye-grabbing visual interest to your outdoor space. It can significantly boost the overall aesthetic appeal of your property. Well-designed hardscape elements can create a harmonious and balanced landscape, making your outdoor areas more inviting and attractive.


  • Low Maintenance

Many hardscape designs and materials require relatively minimal maintenance, especially with large grass patches or other plantings and natural elements. Maintaining hardscapes requires significantly less time and effort than softscapes’ watering, mowing, weeding, and other tasks, making any outdoor space much more manageable.


  • Extended Usability

Hardscape elements, such as decks, patios, and structures, create functional areas families can enjoy year-round. From entertaining guests to dining, relaxing, or even working from home outdoors, hardscaping helps maximize your outdoor space’s use.


  • Definition & Structure

Hardscaping provides structure and organization to an outdoor space. It helps delineate established areas for various activities, creating a clear separation between, for example, a yard’s outdoor living space, dining area, garden, and room for fun and games.


Natural Stone Elements


Natural stone is a hardscaping option that exudes a timeless and classic aesthetic. It’s ideal for paths, walkways, walls and steps, firepits, and water features. Granite and Flagstone are among the most popular natural stone hardscaping selections recommended by Aspen Outdoor Designs. Natural stone can withstand harsh weather conditions in Indiana, including freezing temperatures in winter and hot summers, without deteriorating or losing its structural integrity. It is generally low-maintenance, resists staining, and is easy to clean with mild soap and water. Natural stone is a sustainable material as it is sourced from the Earth and can be recycled or repurposed.

Unilock Paver Paths and Patios


Unilock patio pavers, paving stones, and slabs offer unmatched versatility through unique shapes, colors, patterns, and textures. Unilock pavers are manufactured to provide the highest strength and lowest water absorption levels, making them durable year-round. Unilock uses colorfast technology to decrease the likelihood of their products fading or discoloring over time, even with prolonged exposure to sunlight and weather elements. Unilock’s permeable pavers contribute to sustainable landscaping practices by allowing rainwater to permeate through the surface, reducing runoff, and promoting groundwater recharge.

Decks and Covered Structures


Custom decking and structures provide comfortable areas for relaxation and entertainment. Aspen’s recommended range of decking materials for Central Indiana homeowners includes cedar—a long-lasting, low-maintenance natural wood—as well as pressure-treated wood, composite materials, and porcelain tile. Each material offers unique advantages, and selecting the right one for you depends on your priorities and the specific requirements of your outdoor space.

LouveRoof Pergolas 


Pergolas have long been a popular option for homeowners seeking to maximize their time outdoors and get relief from the elements. LouveRoof pergolas are a modern take on pergolas, utilizing extruded aluminum for insulated louvers that open and close at the touch of a button. When the rotating louvers are fully open, 80% or more of the space’s natural sunlight flows through and into adjacent areas. When fully closed, the insulation and water-tight barrier can keep spaces up to 20 degrees cooler. Constructed with durable materials that can withstand various weather conditions, including heavy rain, wind, and snow, LouveRoof pergolas’ durability ensures a long lifespan for the structure.

Hardscape Design by Aspen Outdoor Designs


Investing in quality materials and working with experienced design and installation professionals is essential to ensure long-lasting and visually stunning hardscape elements in your home’s yard. Contact the Aspen Outdoor Designs team to schedule a consultation with our landscape architects and hardscape design experts today. The Aspen team can help you maximize your yard’s potential, using the best hardscaping solutions to transform any home’s outdoor living space. From elegant paver patios and timeless natural stone walls to modern metal pergolas, composite decking, or other wooden structures, our hardscaping solutions offer enhanced functionality, long-term durability, and breathtaking visual aesthetics.