Hardscapes

Tie Your Home and

Landscaping Together with Patios, Gardens, Special Features, and More

A good landscape design incorporates both softscapes and hardscapes according to your lifestyle to create an outdoor space that's an extension of your home, a place that's conducive to quiet reflection and friendly gatherings. While softscaping refers to living landscape elements, hardscaping is all the "hard" or non-living features of your space: pathways and patios, walls and fences, lighting, decorative rock, living areas, and more. Softscapes might invite you outside, but hardscapes are what keep you there comfortably. Splashing in the pool, flipping burgers on a grill, or lounging in your seating area gives you ample opportunity to enjoy your flowers, shrubs, trees, and all the wildlife they attract.

There are a lot of options when it comes to hardscapes, so we take a look at your space, ask you about the features you want to include, then narrow down your options for materials based on your preferences and budget. Contact us and tell us about your wishes for an outdoor fireplace, pool pavilion, walkway, deck or patio, and other hardscape elements.

Hear From Our Happy Clients

With over 120 combined years of experience in Frankfort and the surrounding area, we've built lasting relationships with our clients. Nothing makes us happier than knowing they're enjoying their outdoor spaces. Here's what a few of the hundreds of clients we have worked with have to say about working with Inside Out Landscape Design:

Deciding

On Your Hardscapes

At Inside Out Landscape Design, we make it simple and enjoyable to bring your backyard dreams to life. As we get to know you, we'll be asking a few questions to determine how to design and install your hardscapes:

  • How big is your space?
  • Does it pose any special landscaping dilemmas that have to be solved before installation?
  • How do you use your outdoor space—or how do you want to use it?
  • What's your existing architecture like?
  • What's your plan for maintenance and upkeep?
  • What's your budget?

Your hardscapes are all about you, and we're committed to ensuring you're completely happy with your outdoor space. As Kentucky's only APLD Certified Landscape Designer goes to work on your design, she'll be doing so with the answers to all those questions (and more) in mind, and you'll be invited to a presentation meeting where you'll have the opportunity to approve the detailed plans for construction.

Over the years, we've built all types of hardscapes, giving us experience in everything from pools and outdoor kitchens to creative fire pits, living areas, pergolas, and so much more. Contact us to learn more about our hardscape experience and to get started on your project.

Create Your Hardscaping Vision Board

We treat our clients—and each outdoor space—like the individuals you are. The result is a unique landscaping design that enhances your existing architecture and takes your lifestyle into consideration. Take a look at some of our landscape transformations, each completed with different challenges and under different budgets:

A Proven Process for Successful Design and Installation

Working with us is simple. We follow a transparent process so you know exactly what to expect each step of the way, and we stay in communication with you as we go. Don't hesitate to reach out with your questions at any time:

Complete the inside out questionnaire

In less than 10 minutes, you can answer a few questions (and even upload a few photos!) to help us get to know your landscaping challenges, aspirations, and preferences.

Schedule an Inside Out Consultation Over Zoom or FaceTime

It's time for a walk-through of your outdoor space, so we can see it and get more information about what you'd like! We can do this virtually or in person. The virtual sessions are free; the in-person consultations range from $100-150, and that amount is fully rebated on your design or install cost.

Sign the Design Agreement and Put Down Your Deposit

Within 24 hours of your consultation, Kristin will send you the agreement with the price of the design plan. These are priced at a flat rate based on your existing site and the complexity of the design, with simple designs starting around $600, full site plans for large properties ranging $3-8,000, and an average design rate of about $1,500-3,000. The Design Phase will begin as soon as we receive your signed agreement and deposit, both of which can be done online.

If your project doesn't need a design, you'll get an estimate within one week of your consultation.

Enter the Design Phase

Becky will need to measure and evaluate the site, and she will reach out to you to arrange the best time to do this. She passes that information on to Andrea, who gets to work on your design. For especially large projects, Andrea may be in touch throughout the process to see what you think of the concepts. You'll receive the final concept for review before Kristin estimates the cost of the project.

Attend the Inside Out Presentation Meeting

It's so exciting to see your ideas come to life! You'll have the information you need to envision the completed project, including all the details, plant photos, Construction Agreement, and more. This Construction Agreement is customized for your property, and we aim to be as detailed as possible, which allows us to offer an accurate estimate (no surprises at the end!).

Sign the Construction Agreement and Make the Initial Payment

After we've finalized the scope of the work, you can electronically sign an agreement to the terms of payment. For small projects, this is typically 40% initial payment and 60% upon completion. Larger projects may be divided into 10% upon signing, 40% when we begin the work, 40% when the hardscaping is complete, and the final 10% percent when the entire project is done.

You'll hear from Kristin to schedule an approximate start date, and she'll send you a detailed production email with the next steps in the installation process along with care and maintenance sheets for your reference.

We'll Get Started!

We'll touch base with you the week before your start date, and the crew will call you when they're on the way to the site on the first day of work. We'll coordinate everything—you can simply sit back, relax, and eagerly await the completion of your revamped outdoor space!

Final Walk-Through

Your satisfaction is our priority, so a foreman or manager will walk through the project with you (if you’re available) before we leave the site. If there are any issues, please give us an opportunity to fix them. We would love you to leave us an online review with your feedback!

Landscaping From Design to Maintenance

Large or small, your project receives the full attention and commitment of our highly-skilled design, installation, and maintenance teams. We believe in building relationships, so we're always here for you as you get to know your new landscaping. Here's what we have to offer:

  • Design: We take your ideas and put them on paper, giving our installation crew a detailed plan to follow.
  • Installation: Our crew takes those designs and brings them to life—on time and on budget.
  • Maintenance: For spring cleaning or monthly maintenance, we can get you on a schedule that keeps your space looking its best.
  • Pools: We can design and install your pool to create a resort-like vibe in your own backyard.

Designing & Installing Hardscapes in Frankfort, Lexington, and Beyond

Frankfort is our home, but we're proud to serve the Central Kentucky region. You'll find our sustainable landscapes throughout these nearby areas:

Start a Career That Makes Central Kentucky Even More Beautiful

If you're passionate about horticulture, sustainable practices, and helping people enjoy life outdoors, we'd love to hear from you. We offer year-round employment (rare for landscaping companies!), 100% health insurance, bonuses, company outings, reasonable hours that promote work-life balance, a family-like and community-driven atmosphere, and more. Visit our careers page to see our current openings and apply today.

Contact Us Today

Questions about hardscapes? Ideas for your own outdoor space? We'd love to hear from you. We can design that outdoor living space, install your new patio, and solve your most perplexing landscaping dilemmas. Contact us and get started.