MODERN Backyard makeover: CEDAR & UMBRIANO

Alright, winter is here, so we finally have time to share some of the projects we worked on over the 2015 season. Starting from the beginning: we kicked off our 2015 season with this very fun little project!  This design involved an interlocking stone patio, two custom cedar privacy screens, and the recovering of the existing deck & steps. We also built a new fence along the south side of the property which is shared with the neighbour, along with a couple matching gates to tie it all together.

We also ran electricity to the back of the property, and added gas lines around the perimeter of the project for future upgrades to lanterns and a fire table.  We installed a simple drip irrigation system in each of the planter beds. We also installed low voltage lighting under the trees, on the privacy screen and embedded in the steps for ambient light and a perfect ambience in the evenings. For an added upgrade, the shed was painted and re-shingled to match the modern look of the project.
(Scroll down to see the slideshow of the full completed project)

FINISHED BACKYARD, LOOKING OUT FROM THE BACK DOORS

FINISHED BACKYARD, LOOKING OUT FROM THE BACK DOORS

 
THE 'BEFORE PHOTO'

THE 'BEFORE PHOTO'

3D CONCEPT BY TREVOR LITTLE

PRODUCTS UTILIZED:
Patio: Unilock Umbriano EnduraColor in 'Winter Marvel'  24"x24"
Border / Accent: Unilock Umbriano EnduraColor 'Winter Marvel' 12"x24" with Unilock Copthorne 'Basalt'
Carpentry Materials: Western Red Cedar
Lighting: In-Lite
Natural Gas lines: Mike the Gas Man

PROJECT GOAL:
To create a more functional and visual backyard space with a surface that the kids could play on, that can grow with the family and function as an adult living space in the coming years. 

SEE THE WHOLE PROCESS BELOW:

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Enjoy your new backyard guys!

Leslieville Semi - A complete property makeover

This was a really enjoyable project we completed last August, and a great example of how with a little planning you can create an entirely new space for the whole family to enjoy.  Its a small property, but one with lots of potential; the homeowners were looking to make their outdoor space more functional and welcoming.  They wanted to create a space that their kids could enjoy which also required minimal maintainance.  

Enter the LITTLE Landscapes crew!

With a stunning design that was created by Sylvie De Brabandere, and a modern grey colour scheme created using Unilock Umbriano stones in Midnight Sky and Winter Marvel we were able to create an inviting, eye catching space that makes you excited to be outdoors with family & friends.

MODERN COLOURS & ACCENT TEXTURES
We kept the palette clean and sleek with tones ranging from dark slate to light grey, and tied it all together with easy-to-maintain hostas from the client's previous gardens.  The seat walls are made out of Unilock's new Rivercreast wall system, and are topped with Banas Kota Black coping stones.  This feature offers extra seating when entertaining or relaxing with the kids in the summer, and separates the two areas beautifully. To take you up to the back patio area, we tied it all together with a stunning Banas Kota natural stone step which compliments the colours of the design and keeps the overall look clean & modern.


SYNTHETIC TURF - THE MINI LAWN ALTERNATIVE
One of the elements this couple was excited about was the addition of a section of synthetic turf.  This is a high quality, very natural looking product that offers comfort for tiny feet as well as the added bonus of a zero maintenance lawn.  No more worrying about watering the grass-patch or having to cut the lawn. Since this is the only "grass" on the property it was a perfect way to cut down on maintenance while leaving all the added function of a green space. 


LIGHT UP YOUR SPACE - THE FINISHING TOUCH
Another stunning feature of this job was the addition of carefully placed lighting fixtures.  Outdoor lighting is a detail that not only adds safety and visablity to your space but also an element of elegance.  Here we inserted lights from InLite into the new deck steps, and on the edges of the Natural Stone Step in the backyard. You'll notice that we've also added accent lighting in the front yard and in the garden areas as well.  The extra hint of light in the evenings offers both functionality and beauty.  

Design by Sylvie De Brabandere

Photography by Larissa Issler