Hardscapes & Outdoor Living Areas

What Are Hardscapes?
Hardscapes are permanent structures that enhance the exterior of your home while adding an implied or actual connection to your house.Our professional design team has the experience and the expertise to guide you through all the important facets necessary for your desired hardscape project. Whether you’re looking to install water features other permanent structures, together we will complete your project to your total satisfaction.

We will introduce you to a variety of appropriate building materials that are perfect for your project. Your project will be finished on time, within your established budget, and adhere to your long-term maintenance requirements.Typical hardscape features include:

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Creative Outdoor Lighting
With the addition of creative low voltage outdoor lighting, you have more hours in the day to enjoy your yard, patio, deck, pool, or garden.Some designs will showcase certain elements of your yard or home, creating a dynamic, dramatic effect.

Other outdoor lighting designs provide additional safety for your family, guests and visitors, and may help lower your home insurance rates. Other unique designs can provide a significant degree of security, effective deterrents to burglars and vandals.

Water is the most destructive force on our planet. If you have a drainage problem now, it is not going to go away on its own. When water enters the problem area, whether by rain, sprinkler system, a leaking pipe, runoff, etc., the problem is going to slowly compound over time into a very expensive fix.

We have seen it over the years where someone neglects a water drainage problem until it reaches the point of permanent damage to landscape or foundation. Fixing the problem now will save you headache and money in the future.

We design and install permanent drainage solutions. We work with homeowners, homebuilders, general contractors, architects, and engineers. With several years of experience in water drainage, we have seen it all. That is why people turn to us for a permanent solution to their water problems.

Our drainage services include: French drains, connecting to downspouts to downspouts, channel drains, drainage basins and access basins.

Retaining Walls

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Retaining walls are not only aesthetically pleasing, they also add structure and functionality to a hilly landscape. They can be built to hold back soil, create tiered plant beds, and control erosion.Retaining walls with poor drainage develop structural problems due to the pressure of water buildup.We construct retaining walls using GeoStone’ssegmental retaining wall system in a way that allows water to escape.

Drainage issues are easily detected by the presence of puddles collecting at the base of a hill or sloped area in your yard. By constructing a retaining wall in front of the sloped area and placing a drainage system behind the wall, we ensure water is diverted and properly redirected.

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Paver and Flagstone Walkways and Overlays
Flagstone adds an element of natural, rustic charm. Itis a dense stone, resisting damage from the freeze-thaw cycle while holding up well under heavy use. It is also naturally slip-resistant. We can also install flagstone overlays to cover existing concrete. A flagstone walk will provide years of enjoyment while enhancing your property.

Pavers can be used to create a simple, beautiful walkway in your garden, are more durable than solid concrete paths, and resist weeds. A sand-set paver path resists cracking and shifting, and damaged stones are easily replaced.

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Outdoor Living Areas
Extend your home’s living space to create an area perfect for family gatherings and entertaining. An outdoor fireplace and outdoor kitchen are popular design features we can incorporate to enhance the design and function of your outdoor living area.

An outdoor fireplace brings the warmth and comfort of a living room outdoors during cool evenings. You can choose to install a convenient gas burning outdoor fireplace, or we can construct a traditional wood burning masonry fireplace. Fire pits are also a popular addition to many outdoor seating areas.

Most people enjoy grilling outside on their deck or patio. For people who love to cook outside and dine alfresco, we can construct an entire kitchen outdoors incorporating all the functionality and convenience of an indoor kitchen.

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Think Privacy and Security
We can show you how to add the appearance of luxury with fencing or retaining walls that not only provide a striking look to your property, but also ensure privacy and security. With young children and pets, privacy and security are crucial. Whether you want a safe play area, privacy for your swimming pool, or simply a deterrent to prying eyes, our design team will help you select the most effective option to fit your goal and budget.

The addition of a deck or an arbor results in more practical usage of your space while providing elegant aesthetic benefits as well. We can show you a variety of handsome designs and options crafted from the finest, sturdiest wood materials featuring exquisite, natural grains.

Each, in their own way, adds aesthetic beauty, distinct function, or even additional, useable space. EliteScapes utilizes a myriad of durable, quality building materials including brick, stone, interlocking blocks, wood, pavers and stamped concrete to accomplish your goal.Our innovative, conceptual hardscape designs add form and function as well as chic aesthetics. The result is more room for outdoor entertaining or simply enjoying your home.

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EliteScapes, LLC | 205.807.3200 | Serving Vestavia Hills, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Hoover, and Birmingham, Alabama