Soggy Bog vs Foundation Function

In the beginning, there was a muddy bog . . .  (you can tell this blog is being written during winter, eh). All joking aside, muddy backyards are no picnic to walk around in and even worse for mom’s floors with kids outside playtime. So, what comes first, the chicken or the egg? The foundation of course, i.e. the Hardscape. Backyard Hardscapes prevent the absorption of water and protect the soil. They ensure that worrying about water after a heavy rain is not an issue or that soil movement is never a problem. They guarantee your yard stays a drier, enjoyable living space, rather than a wet soggy bog.

Put Up A Parking Lot

Hey, we live in a busy world. One where many of our backyards are becoming functional, easier to maintain Outdoor Living rooms. Hardscaping is the foundation of the design. Constructed with concrete pavers, brick, flagstone, bluestone, mortared slate . . . or a combination, they make backyards pleasant to hang out in. Backyard Hardscaping adds function and durability for patios, walkways, entrance ways, pool decks, and driveways. Bonus? Landscape pavers won’t crack, sag, shift, or separate (properly installed, of course). They  look magnificent for generations (Uh oh, I sound like a paver salesman). Sorry about that, however, once I had seen a few different paver installations, I began to notice them everywhere. I especially love walkways and enjoy all the different choices homeowners have made. Oddly, we never think about the pathways we are walking on and yet if it’s muddy & slippery, we look down at them hard! Here are just a few of my fav’s . . .

There are so many more in our portfolio if you want to check them out. Once you have chosen your own hardscape materials, you begin to appreciate them everywhere (like in your friends & neighbors landscapes). Below, this YouTube video from our channel is the best! You’ll learn so much about paver hardscapes. Thanks, Micah Dennis, Outdoor Living guy.

Want to be a Copycat?

Just Kidding! Of course you’ll want to see what others have used in their landscapes. They too researched for ideas and met with our team of talented  designers.  The experts who know what works in all styles, shapes and sizes of landscapes. Especially if there are drainage issues, slopes, or problem areas. They meet you in your property, suggest what would work best and build a design with your ideas. You decide which elements you like best in your landscape design. Hardscaping comes in many forms: patios, vertical walls, pools, spas, stone bencheswood structures and paved walkways . . . all hard materials that safely move water away from the property. And while these hardscapes are busy protecting your outdoor living space, they also add the vitality and pizzazz!

They can be made using natural stone, flagstone pavers, gravel with wood or brick components, concrete, boulders and many more landscape materials. They can change mid-stream from one material to another or you can mix it up in a landscape.

Many times when perusing our gallery of works, the hardscaping goes unnoticed when actually, it is a major contributor to the appeal of the entire project. Take an objective look at your property as if you have never been there before. Think, “What would I do to make this better?” These homeowners did just that  . . .

Certification is Important

Paradise Restored is ICPI Certified. For contractors involved in residential installation of interlocking concrete pavements, the ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer is THE industry recognized status for the professionals committed to industry guidelines.

We recognize pavers as the it-Factor – “essential for success” – in landscape design. Hardscapes are the foundation of our exterior design projects and the reason why we are affiliated with national standards and guide specifications.

Taking a backyard muddy bog and creating an exceptional outdoor living space is an incredible journey we take very seriously.

Backyard Living - Hardscape

On a Lighter Note

We are heading over & out! Go to our Youtube Channel, blogs, gallery of works, pinterest boards . . . for more design ideas.

It’s a Wrap!

Thanks for Dropping In

Until next time . . . Get Outside Portland!

Kim Thibodeau, Exterior Design Services

Landscape Blogger, Convinced in Hardscaping yet?



  1. August 7, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    Wow! You are who we have been searching for!

    But we are in South Carolina!

    Any way you can help us with our backyard?

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