Hardscapes can be made of a variety of materials including concrete pavers, clay or brick pavers, and even natural stone. These can be used as walkways, driveways, and patio entertaining areas. Hardscapes can be combined with some great accent pieces including columns, sitting walls, pergolas, fireplaces, and firepits. Unlike some decks, hardscapes create an entertaining area without cutting off the yard with a railing. Think of it as an open-concept improvement for the outside of the house. Removing an old elevated deck with railings on it and replacing it with a ground level hardscape is a great way to make your yard look and feel much bigger.