Date: June 2012
Cat: Landscape Construction

Backyard Retreat

Cottage life in the city

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Project Detail

These Ancaster clients have a beautiful bungalow in a mature area of town. Their spacious backyard opens up to a ravine, allowing their backyard to extend into the forest. They bought the house a number of years ago with an plan to change the house to suit their lifestyle.

When they bought the house, there was a pool installed in the backyard. This pool was rehabilitated and became the focal point of their backyard. When they felt the need to further the development of their backyard retreat, they turned to Envision Landscapes to see what could be done.

Their vision was to see their backyard as an entertaining area for their friends and family. As it was put to us at Envision, “This is our cottage in the city”, and so it became.

A slab paver from Techobloc was used to create the exact color in the patio they were looking for. Along the edges of the pool, black granite in 4′ lengths was used to create the stone distinction the clients specified. The combination of colors and stone types creates a unique look suited to their property.

With a small edge around the existing pool, there was no room for pool chairs. To remedy this, a row of lounge chairs was set down along the back side of the pool. This allows numerous people able to relax at the same time. This patio extends to allow a large area for a patio set up for entertaining.

When the request for a diving board was brought up, a Wier Waterfall system was set up with a pump. This created a lit waterfall that flows into the pool. The top of the platform is granite, and doubles as a diving platform for the pool. The accents built into this pool area make it a true backyard retreat.

A pool house was also added to make their outdoor entertaining area complete.