Hardscaping features can significantly enhance the charm and beauty of your Denver yard. Are you looking to incorporate these elements into your landscape but need some inspiration? The landscaping experts at Westside Grounds are here to help. With 25 years of experience, our team specializes in designing and constructing stunning hardscapes that transform properties. Keep reading for a variety of creative hardscape ideas for your backyard.

What Is Hardscaping?

Landscaping consists of two aspects: softscaping and hardscaping. Softscaping refers to the biological aspects of your landscape, such as trees, flowers, hedges, and grass. 

Hardscaping, on the other hand, refers to the nonbiological aspects of your landscape, such as stones, fountains, patios, and water features. 

What Are Some Types of Backyard Hardscape Ideas?

Here are some great hardscaping ideas to consider when designing your landscape.


Driveways are often the first interaction you, your friends, and your guests have with your home. Make it a beautiful one. No one wants to drive on a boring dirt road. 

You can pave your driveway with asphalt or gravel. Or, for a more elegant and stylish look, you can use stones or bricks.


“Good fences make good neighbors.” Adding a fence around your property can provide a stylish barrier between your home and the rest of your neighborhood, offering privacy for you and your family. A fence can also protect children and pets from straying beyond the confines of your property.

Many materials, such as wood, metal, picket, and lattice, can be utilized to make your fence visually appealing.

Fire Pits

A fire pit is a circular or rectangular structure with a gas or wood-burning fire in the center. They are typically two or three feet high and made of various elements, such as concrete, brick, or stone. Fire pits provide a warm and inviting environment and provide a setting for romance, entertainment, or relaxation.

Outdoor Kitchen

At Westside Grounds, we can install the outdoor kitchen of your dreams in your backyard. Think of the long summer nights. Instead of dining inside your home, you can cook and eat under the stars with your family and friends. 

An outdoor kitchen also provides a space for having afternoon barbeques and other social gatherings.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can help your neighbors admire your landscape after the sun goes down. Some lights, such as deck or flood lights, promote safety by increasing visibility around potential hazards. Other lights, like garden or string lights, allow for the opportunity to do outdoor activities at night, such as dining and spending time with your family and friends.


Patios are the perfect place to relax under the sun during the day and stargaze at night. You can decorate patios with outdoor kitchens, sofas, hammocks, and fire pits.

Patios can be constructed with various elements, such as stone or cement. Talk to our hardscaping specialists to learn more about your patio options.


Pathways are perfect additions to your landscaping. Once a driveway brings people to your property, pathways lead them into your home or patio. Pathways are welcoming and comforting structures.

They also protect your grass and other greenery. People will step on the pathway and not trample over your yard.

Retaining Walls

A retaining wall usually surrounds a portion of your landscape to prevent water from flowing downhill, which deprives greenery at higher elevations of water and nutrients. 

Though they have a utilitarian purpose, retaining walls are also mighty, elegant structures that add character and sophistication to your landscape.


Large boulder-size rocks around your landscape serve as decorations that root your landscape in nature. They can also be sitting areas for reading and relaxing outdoors.


Statues add personality to your landscape. You may have several gardens, and you want to include gnomes. Or, your entire landscape may have a theme. For instance, you can have statues of wildlife or ancient gods and goddesses.

Whatever your preference, our landscaping professionals can help you select the right statue for your landscape design.

Water Structures

Water structures provide a natural element to your landscape. Rushing water adds serenity and peacefulness. The sound of the water can also help to drown out unwelcome noises such as traffic and neighborhood construction.

Water features can also attract natural wildlife, like birds, and give them drinkable water and a chance to cool off. 

Examples of water structures include fountains, birdbaths, ponds, and waterfalls.

Contact Westside Grounds to Help with Your Hardscaping Ideas

Westside Grounds is a leading landscaping company in the Denver and Lakewood areas. Since 1999, our mission has been to provide affordable and spectacular landscaping services. In addition to our hardscaping services, we also offer the following services:

Our landscaping specialists will return periodically to check your landscape and ensure everything functions properly.

Don’t let another day go by without having the most sensational and stunning landscape in your neighborhood. Contact us now and speak to a representative today.