Flexing your Design Star Muscles

Whoop! Whoop! We love Hardscapes & Walkways in Landscape Design! What’s all this excitement about? Easy. We’re going to help you flex your inner design-star muscles to create the foundation, yep, the core element of your Outdoor Living space.  And guys, hardscapes & walkways are beautiful.

Create Your Blank Slate

Perfect example is the Hildago Property before/during photos. First objective, a blank canvas to create your masterpiece. Imagine how muddy this backyard became every fall and winter. Important tip: 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 and muddy bog.

It’s Your Choice

Remember, this is your Blank Slate. You get to 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!


Can you see the pristine change to the landscape? Notice the hardscape, sport court, walkway, and stairways in the finished design. The homeowners and Paradise Restored design team worked well together, don’t you think?

Cut to the Chase

No more dilly-dallying – how ’bout seeing a few more finished designs? If you want to see the before/during photos of these properties, head to our Portfolio to see how each landscape design came about. Okay, put on your idea hat . . . here we go!


There are many paver options for your outdoor living spacepatios, and walkways. Pavers are made from a variety of materials: brick, clay, bluestone, concrete, flagstone, and cobblestone. (Wow, so many choices!) They can be interlocking or slab in nature. You can choose to mix them together to add definition and design, or use only one type of paver for a clean aesthetic.


Giving attention to ‘walkways’ and ‘stairways’ are important design elements adding distinction to the overall finish. And so many options make it hard to choose. 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. The reality is, they give flair while adding function.

Want to know what might work best for your landscape? Ask Team Paradise designers. They’re the experts and know what works in all styles, shapes and sizes of landscapes. Especially if there are drainage issues, slopes, or problem areas. They can come to your property, suggest what would work best and build a design around it.

Video time for even better ideas!

Whoops, did I forget to mention . . . It’s Important to have Credentials?

Okay, okay, certification is important for the homeowner. It is the number one reason Paradise Restored made the decision to become ICPI Certified. Certainly not for a certificate to hang on our wall. (Thanks though, Micah Dennis, CEO)

We wanted to make sure you know: We are committed to the interlocking concrete pavement industry. (mouthful) We absolutely love pavers – as you can see in our landscape designs. They’re the foundation of our exterior design projects so why not be affiliated with national standards and guide specifications?


That’s a Wrap!

Don’t forget, we want you to flex your inner design star! Have an Aha Moment and choose the hardscape pavers and walkways you know will enhance your Outdoor Living space.  Get Ideas from our YouTube Channel, Portfolio, and our Blogs.

Want to talk to a human? You got it . . .Call us @ 503-788-3117.

Thanks for Dropping In

Until next time . . . Get Outside Portland!

Kim Thibodeau, Exterior Design Services

Landscape Blogger, Hardscape Humour

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