Custom Dry Stack Wall

It was such a pleasure to put together this custom designed dry stack wall - texture natural elements and a completely unique look. It came together beautifully and has created a unique, eye catching element to the front of the house.

 
BEFORE: out of date cinder blocks created an eye sore.

BEFORE: out of date cinder blocks created an eye sore.

Consider this look as a unique alternative for your landscape project!

Leslieville Backyard Transformation

This is another great "before and after" landscaping project. This Leslieville backyard was originally sloped up to the back fence, and wasn't the most functional space.  A large tree in the corner of the property made it difficult for sod to thrive, resulting in a rather mucky mess. For this project we excavated out the slope of the yard, and levelled an area for a natural stone patio. We cleaned up and edged in the gardens, and installed a retaining wall with steps leading up to the back laneway. 

We installed up lights in all three garden beds to illuminate the tree and larger shrubs, which gives the project more depth and a lovely atmosphere when viewed at night from the kitchen window. We also installed drip irrigation to the garden beds, and step lights on the deck, although you can't see them in the photos below.

THE COMPLETED PROJECT - READY TO ENJOY

THE COMPLETED PROJECT - READY TO ENJOY

 
BEFORE PHOTO

BEFORE PHOTO

THE 3D CONCEPT PLAN - CREATED BY TREVOR LITTLE

THE 3D CONCEPT PLAN - CREATED BY TREVOR LITTLE

PRODUCTS UTILIZED:
Patio
- Banas square cut 'Kota Black' flagstone
Retaining wall and steps - Unilock Rivercrest 'Coastal Slate' with Banas 'Kota Black' coping
Lighting - In-Lite
Irrigation - Hunter controller with rain-bird drip lines

CHALLENGES:
While it was a fairly straight forward project, our main challenge was the limited access we had to the back yard. The project required the removal of almost 40 cu. yards of excavation to get the yard to the grade we needed for our base. As is typical with many Leslieville properties our access down the side of the house was very narrow (31"), considering the amount of fill we had to remove we knew this would be a big challenge. To assist us and keep things moving swiftly on site, we brought in a Cormidi Mini Track Dumper which we used to fill a bin in the front yard (photos in slideshow below).

VIEW THE WHOLE PROCESS BELOW:

Function, meet natural elements

This was another radical transformation which we finished earlier this spring. The objective of the project was to replace the boring grass lawn with some visually appealing raised planter beds that could double as functional walkways.

The solution?

We pulled in some large natural bolders to frame the design - not only did it create a lovely focal point in the space, but they matched nicely with the natural stone coping and Unilock Rivercrest wall units.  

This project really shines with the planting our clients did after we left, so I will have to go back for some photos once the gardens are in full bloom this summer. But here's the final look as we left the job site, and scroll down to see more in the slideshow below.

COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION - READY TO PLANT!

COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION - READY TO PLANT!

 
THE BEFORE PHOTO

THE BEFORE PHOTO

 
CONCEPT DRAWING BY TREVOR LITTLE The product selection changed a little during the process, but here is the origional concept we decided on.

CONCEPT DRAWING BY TREVOR LITTLE
The product selection changed a little during the process, but here is the origional concept we decided on.

PRODUCTS UTILIZED:
Walls - Unilock Rivercrest 'Coastal Slate' with Banas 'Slate Grey' coping.
Rocks - Armour Stone
Walkway - Unilock Brussels Block 'Sierra'

PROJECT GOAL:
Create a visually stunning walkway with ample space for planting, and a unique look & feel.

SEE THE WHOLE PROCESS BELOW:

The final result really complimented the house perfectly and is high in function as well as style. We're quite thrilled with how it tuned out! A perfect example of how thinking outside the box can pay off.