Preferred Pools & Spas are experts in the construction & renovation of Commercial & Residential custom Hardscapes for your pool and yard.

Hardscape is an attractive feature for pool owners today. It offers many appealing options, such as a tumbled travertine border and patio, complete with a fully developed outdoor living room and outdoor kitchen. Once you decide to create a hardscape design for your pool, our company will help you plan your particular goals.

In producing your hardscape concept, it is essential to consider the overall landscaping of your property as related to your pool. For example, what natural elements most clearly define your property?


Below are some of the most general Frequently Asked Questions you may have related to building your pool. For FAQs related specifically to Residential Pools, Commercial Pools, Hardscape, or Architectural Fountains, please look at our pages on each of these services.

  • Start by mapping your yard. This will help you choose the correct scale for your plants and your hardscape materials.
  • Use the contours to your advantage.
  • Create focal points.
  • Match your hardscape/landscape to your home.
  • Think about your environment.

This can include paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, sleeper walls, stairs, walkways, and any other landscaping made of hard-wearing materials such as wood, stone, and concrete, as opposed to softscape, the horticultural elements of a landscape.

Hardscape and landscape, while related, are entirely different. Landscaping projects overarch hardscape and softscape projects. While softscape encompasses grass, shrubs, vegetable gardens, and other inclusions, hardscape includes ‘hard’ landscaping additions.

Hardscape is the foundation of the design. Constructed with concrete pavers, brick, flagstone, bluestone, mortared slate, or a combination, they make backyards pleasant to hang out in. Backyard Hardscape adds function and durability to patios, walkways, entranceways, pool decks, and driveways.

At the most basic level, it’s the difference between your lawn and the patio. Hardscape services cover landscaping elements that use heavy materials, like stone, rock, and flagstone. Softscaping would protect trees, flowerbeds, gardens, grass, and shrubs.

Plants that have adapted specially to arid climates are called xerophytes. In desert areas like Phoenix, Arizona, xeriscaping allows gardeners to plant native xerophytes such as ocotillo. Supporters of xeriscaping say it can reduce water use by 50 or 75 percent. Xeriscaping saves water and money.

#1 Concrete. Concrete is a simple, inexpensive material for building a patio.
#2 Pea Gravel. Popular in English gardens, pea gravel patios and pathways have a lovely, quaint look and are cheap and straightforward to install.
#3 Pavers.
#4 Brick
#5 Stone

Fortunately, you can put pavers directly over existing concrete. It’s a common practice and a great way to upgrade your concrete surfaces. While mortar is preferable when installing pavers, it’s possible to put them in without mortar (although it puts you at risk of drainage issues and cracking).