Hardscapes refers to the paved areas or large business complexes and housing developments. Typical small-scale hardscaping examples include stone patios, brick walkways, fencing, and tile paths, to name a few examples.
Retaining walls are often used to create boundaries between hardscapes and earth landscaping features, or softscapes. Softscapes include flowers, plants, shrubs, trees, and flower beds. It is a very common style of hardscape, and is used to lend character to the landscaping. They work to create a specific ambience, and reflect the sensibilities of the inhabitants.
From an aesthetic perspective, retaining walls allows workers to erect landscaping features that would otherwise be impossible due to soil erosion, or that compensate for large amounts of human traffic that would cause wear on bare earth or grass.
For retaining walls, brick patios, pond design, and other examples of practical and decorative stone work, contact us at Avila Masonry. We are a reputable masonry contractor in Santa Rosa.