Learn how to hardscape like a pro!

It’s time to take that backyard of yours and turn it into the oasis you’ve always wanted! You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to create an outdoor space that brings you peace, joy, and provides the WOW factor when entertaining.

With our 6 week online course,

“Hardscape Like a Pro”,

you will learn the 6 elements that will help you transform your yard from “ooooooh…” to OOOOOOH-ASIS.

CSD Hardscapes owner, Mark Dudek, shares his 13 years of experience in the construction industry and his passion for hardscaping to teach you how to bring these amazing elements to life in your own yard.

Mark Dudek sitting on a stamped and sculpted concrete fire pit with seating and a concrete path leading up to the firepit.
Poured concrete walkway with sculpted concrete firepit and seating area.

Week 1 - Walkways

You’re going to get a list of ways you can improve your home by adding walkways with a brief overview of what you’d need for each method. Then I go a little more in depth with step by step instructions on how to make an amazing walkway using pavers.

Poured and sculpted concrete patio backyard seating area.

Week 2 - Patios

The walkways lesson is just a quick little project to help you ease into backyard hardscaping. In the lesson on patios, it’s time to really roll those sleeves up as we go in depth on all the different ways you can make a patio for your home. The DIY project is a 16’x16′ gravel patio.

Sculpted concrete retaining wall made to look like a stacked stone wall.

Week 3 - Retaining Walls

In the retaining wall lesson, we look at the history and uses of retaining walls as well as the variety of options you have. For our DIY project, we’re going to build a timber (wood) retaining wall.

 

Custom concrete patio with sculpted firepit and seating area.

Week 4 - Firepits

One of the favorite lessons is week 4 – building your own firepit! In this class, we look at an array of options for your backyard smore making station (aka the firepit). The DIY project will be a gravel and paver firepit. We are combining the skills and material we’ve learned and acquired thus far. This is a great way to use up some of that leftover gravel from the patio build, or the pavers from the walkway.

 

Sculpted concrete pizza oven and fireplace; a wooden tree lined fence in the background.

Week 5 - Outdoor Kitchens

ANOTHER favorite class is how to create that envy inducing backyard BBQ station. We look at the history of outdoor cooking, the variety options for your backyard culinary sanctuary, and then dive right in to the DIY project. The DIY project is building a stone veneer outdoor kitchen (project assumes that you have a suitable patio space to build your outdoor kitchen on).

 

Sculpted concrete waterfall flowing into a man-made concrete pond; a field and residential area are in the background.

Week 6 - Water Features

And last, but certainly not least is the infamous water feature. the backyard fountain or coi pond and river, the pool with the waterfall. After looking at the different options available for water features, we dive into building a stacked stone outdoor fountain. So all those stacking projects that we’ve covered lend their hand once again to this fun class.

 

Outdoor garden area featurring concrete retaining wall with text overlay at the top that says "do you have an outdoor space you're not in love with?"

Hardscape Like a Pro - Course Only

You’ll receive weekly emails every MONDAY for six weeks with detailed instructions on how to create some simple DIY Hardscape elements to upgrade your backyard.

$47

 

Outdoor kitchen with a stone looking bar and counter on a concrete patio with a text overlay that says, "what are you cooking on this summer?".

Hardscape Like a Pro - Ebook

You’ll receive weekly emails every MONDAY for six weeks with detailed instructions on how to create some simple DIY Hardscape elements to upgrade your backyard.

You’re also going to get a 30 page ebook, “Guide to Hardscaping” – a $30 value.

$67

 

Outdoor water feature, a small pond with waterfall surrounded b a gravel walkway with a text overlay that says, "are you ready to cool off AND increase your home value?".

Hardscape Like a Pro - Ebook - Consult

In addition to receivingy weekly emails on every MONDAY for six weeks with detailed instructions – inluding pictures – on how to create some simple DIY Hardscape elements to upgrade your backyard, you’re also going to get a 30 page ebook, “Guide to Hardscaping” – a $30 value, AND a 1:1 consult with the one and only Mark Dudek.

$157

 

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS

When you purchase the 2 options that contain the eBook, you will be asked to download the after the purchase is complete. If not, you can access your download by going to the “My Account” section of this site. You can download the book up to 5 times.