drainage systems

A big renovation… in my own backyard!

October 11th, 2010
It was a project long overdue. My own backyard had been horribly neglected since we purchased the house 2 years earlier. The only existing features were a wood deck (slightly rotten) but only large enough for a BBQ and 4 chairs, but no table.  A small aluminium shed filled the side yard but was so low that water drains into it every time it rains.  A dead sour cherry tree is a horrible eyesore and detracts from the existing pear tree and large Serbian spruce.  The lawn was a mess, with more weeds than grass, likely due to the poor quality of the topsoil.  Although not as noticeable to the untrained eye, there are also major drainage problems in the yard causing water to pool near the foundation and the sump pump to run frequently.

Up in the Trees

October 26th, 2009

A stunning transformation of form and function that finally allowed the house to fit in with its surroundings. The materials echo the surrounding environment and the mix of both native and ornamental plants provide beauty and interest while requiring less maintenance.

Project Type: front yard, swale

Design Style: informal, curvilinear, cottage

Landscape Elements: interlock walkway, precast steps, staircase, driveway banding , tiered gardens, armour stone boulder work, garden beds with perennials and shrubs, tree planting, landscape lighting, drainage systems.

Hardscape Materials: Silex Grey Paleo Paver from Permacon, Sheffield Beige & Black Celtik Wall from Permacon, Orillia buff armour stone, Scott Liter by Nightscaping, Magnaliter by Nightscaping, Hadco Bullet light

Plant selections: Corkscrew Hazel (Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’), Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’), Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier Canadensis), Sunburst Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos), Green Gem Boxwood (Boxus ‘Green Gem’, Moonlight Climbing Hydrangea (Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’)