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Hardscaping Inspiration: Step Units

Whether it takes 5 or 50 steps to get up to your front door or back patio, adding steps can be an expensive project. The Borgert step unit is a more affordable alternative to some of the costlier step materials like natural stone or granite. And because our step unit is attractive, durable and easy to install, you’ll save time and money without sacrificing the overall appearance of your steps.

Here are some of our favorite step unit designs. Visit our product gallery to for more inspiration!

Lush Landscaping

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We love how the combination of softscape materials and low lighting play off the natural appearance of the concrete step unit, in our Minnesota River color blend.


Clean and Simple

Our Limestone color blend creates a look that is both minimalist and sophisticated.


Unique Combinations

Our color blends allow you to customize the exact look of your steps, as demonstrated here in this unique layout of our Minnesota River blend.


Staggered Steps

Incorporating landings in to the step design allows for visual breaks in the steps (as shown here in our North Shore color blend), as well as physical breaks for those who climb them regularly!


Contrasting Colors

Use surrounding materials, such as rocks, mulch and wall units, to create contrast with steps. Here, our Buff color blend was installed with lighter-colored rocks and darker mulch to create gorgeous contrast.


Make your yard memorable! Calculate your project needs with our paver calculator, then contact us to learn more about how our high-quality step units can fit into your outdoor design.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in premium concrete pavers and slabs, patios, driveways, fire rings and fire pits, outdoor fireplaces and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality hardscaping products that help our customers’ dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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Hardscaping vs. Softscaping: What’s the Difference?

When embarking on a landscaping project, it’s important to understand the different design elements that go into outdoor living spaces, and how they interplay with one another. These elements generally fit into one of two categories: hardscaping and softscaping.

While these may seem like obscure industry terms, it can be useful to understand the difference between the two. This will help homeowners and designers create an appropriate design for the space, using hardscaping and softscaping elements appropriately and in concert with one another to create a fully functional landscape.

We’ll begin with basic definitions.



The Spruce defines hardscaping as the “non-living elements” of landscaping. This includes paver patios, retaining walls, driveways, fences, benches and the like. Generally, hardscape elements are more practical (patios, fences) but can also be decorative (benches, pergolas). In addition, features such as outdoor fireplaces or water fountains are included under the definition of hardscaping.


In comparison, softscaping refers to the living, horticultural elements of landscape. Ultimately, softscape means plants – from grass and shrubs, to annual and perennial flowers, and even vegetables in a garden.

The challenge of creating an effective landscape design is figuring out how to mix hardscape and softscape elements together to create a cohesive, functional outdoor space. The two complement each other well – for example, softening the appearance of a fence with tall spring bulb plants, or covering a wall or pergola with vines for a lush, earthy effect. One easy way to mix hardscaping and softscaping is by placing container plants on the edges of a patio. The possibilities are truly endless!

To find out how Borgert Products can help make your hardscaping vision come to life, visit our product galleries or contact us for more information.

Borgert is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company specializing in pavers, patios, driveways and retaining walls. Since 1923, we have been committed to providing high quality products that help our customers dream landscapes become a reality. Get a quote today on your Borgert products.

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