Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2016

Backyard Transformation—Before & After Video

We are often asked if we have before and after pictures of our projects. Prospective clients can relate to the before pictures—as they often look like their own backyards—and love to see the "transformation" from the before to the after. It helps them see the possibilities for their outdoor spaces. ..

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Posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Choose the right landscape designer and anything's possible

When you choose the right landscape designer, one who asks you the right questions, anything is possible.  ..

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Posted on Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Hot Tub Oasis

Hot TubWe are really proud of this job and fortunately the client is also delighted.  ..

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Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Enhance your outdoor space with the Trex Rain Escape Drainage System

When a lot's elevation drops from the front yard to the backyard it allows for a walk-out from your basement – often from the recreation room. If you have a deck off of the main floor you will have a space below the deck that is often unfinished. Our suggestion? Finish it! ..

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Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Composite Decks—Another Option for Our Clients

Every year we exhibit at or visit the various local Building and Home Shows that occur in and around Toronto—one of the bigger ones being, of course, the National Home Show, held at Exhibition Place. ..

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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Landscape Design for odd spaces

We wrote about this project in our post Landscape design—save money by using the best of what you already have on Monday, July 28, 2014. Recall that in this project our client wanted to take their yard to the next level and optimize the use of their space  ..

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Posted on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

A little deck maintainance will keep your deck looking great for years

Outdoor spaces evolve. Plants grow. Gardens fill in. Interlocking paths and patios, and decks and fences get a wonderful aged patina that, for the most part, improve the look of your outdoor space. ..

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Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer in Toronto is deck and patio weather

Summers in Toronto are precious. After thawing out from our annual deep freeze we love to get outdoors. If it's March 3 and the mercury shows 13° we head out in our shorts and tees—restaurants and cafes dust off their patio chairs and we join the annual migration back out into the fresh air. Yes, we are a little nuts about summer in this part of the world. We cherish the return of the sun in a way few might understand who hail from warmer climes. ..

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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012

Planning for your barbecue in your landscaping design can enhance your outdoor living experience

One of the great joys of spring is getting back out doors to enjoy our yards, and, of course, a family barbecue. 

With a little planning you can make your barbecuing experience even more enjoyable. Don't design your deck and back garden and then plop the barbecue in the best place it seems to fit. Consider planning your barbecue space right into your overall backyard design from the get-go. It will look better, be more accessible and convenient and make your barbecueing experience even more enjoyable. 

But, this doesn't mean it has to be built-in, although that is often a great option. In this award winning landscaping design and installation project we created a space for our client's existing barbecue on the deck close to the house for convenience to inside yet off to the side to assure easy traffic flow into the yard and patio. It's relatively protected from the wind and is abutted by a counter space which is ideal for placing your food both before and after cooking—and of course, for your bottle of wine or pint of fine ale.  ..

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