Hardscapes include stonework, outdoor kitchens, barbeques, fireplaces, retaining walls, fire pits and flagstone patios. Plus, wood arbors and decks. And water features such as fountains, ponds, dry river beds and waterfalls.
Softscapes typically refer to the installation of plants and other organic materials. For instance, annuals, perennials, shrubs, grass, trees and soil. Softscapes also includes landscape design, ornamental bed and tree installations.
These projects are permanent to semi-permanent installations. And they should be considered an investment in your home. Plus, they can be a complex orchestration of design concepts, HOA approvals, drainage, irrigation, plant selections and any number of other variables.