Bringing The Indoors Outside

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to add expansions and additional rooms on to their houses. It’s a popular and significant investment for adding living space to the home. And increased living space is what a lot of people are after.

What many people overlook is the abundance of opportunities for increasing living space using smart, effective landscaping. With a bit of planning and some hard work, you can bring the indoors to your back yard and gain some beautiful new living spaces without building expensive new expansions to your home.

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Courtesy of Unilock

There are some great new building materials out there that will allow you to convert your outdoor yard space into cozy, livable areas for the enjoyment of you, your family, and your guests. Take Unilock, for example. Unilock – the original interlock manufacturers who first brought the industry to North America in the early 70s – offers pavers and wall materials that make it easy to build outdoor sitting and walking areas that are beautiful, accessible, and easily customizable to suit your individual preferences.

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Courtesy of Unilock

Unilock Has also built a massive display centre at their Georgetown location 287 Armstrong Ave, Halton Hills. This is a great place to go and get inspired, with all kinds of displays that will blow your mind. The addition of further outdoor features such as such as fireplaces and built in outdoor BBQ grills allows for even more versatility with the space and gives you maximum enjoyment. A pleasantly sculpted outdoor area with walls, windows, and a cheery gas fireplace could offer year-round enjoyment for you and your family.

Other concrete and block manufacturers such as Techo-Bloc, Permacon, Navascape and Oaks Concrete Products give you a wealth of options to choose from when deciding on the precise look and feel of your outdoor spaces. (Just a word of warning here. If you look at too many manufacturers you are likely to get overwhelmed and have a very difficult time choosing.)

There’s a lot more to landscaping than simply changing the arrangement of your plants or greening your lawn. While it’s great to have a beautiful lawn, what people are really in the market for is useful space that they can take advantage of in their own way. That’s why we make a point of keeping up with the latest in material and design. We make sure we know how to install and build the kinds of spaces that homeowners can cherish for years to come.

Ready to create an outdoor living space for yourself? Contact us and give us a call at (647) 955-8382..

Hello everyone,

This is Rick from Hofstetter Landscaping. As we reach the 2/3rd mark of February of 2015, I am happy to say that spring is on its way at last and will be here in just a few more weeks. I know most of us will be happy to see the end of this winter. Certainly Ashleigh and I will be glad to see it over.

We had enough good weather in the fall of 2014 for the crew to work right up into mid-December, before it became too cold to work outdoors. Our last project for the year was an 80’ by 3’ retaining wall, a set of 4 steps, 6’6” wide and 700 sq. ft. of patio, with 80’ of sienna pressure-treated fence. Sienna is a new colour of [Read more…]

Often when people think of landscaping, they think of big green lawns dotted with trees, shrubs, and exotic plants in mulch beds, and that certainly is part of what’s available. However, it would be a shame to overlook the beauty and utility of potted plants when making your landscaping plans.

Potted plants excel in their versatility of placement. If you’ve got an air conditioner you’d like to block from view, or perhaps your washroom window is just a bit too visible to the outdoors, then a potted plant is a quick, simple way to add vegetation to the area without having to go through a full installation or revamping the entire plan.

You can also use hanging pots to spruce up sheds, fences, and other outdoor structures that may be a bit bland on their own yet don’t always lend themselves well to installed plants. Potted plants also add colour to outdoor steps and patios.

Potted plants are easily rearranged when you need more space; you can use them to close off or open up sections of the yard so that people feel comfortable when you’re holding gatherings, no matter what size.

Potted plants should at least be on the radar when you’re considering modifications to your landscape. For more ideas on the use and procurement of potted plants for your yard and how to best incorporate them into your landscape design, feel free to give us a call at (647) 955-8382 or request a quote by clicking here.


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A plot of land full of beautiful blooming flowers is one of life’s great pleasures. But there’s more to it than just the look. To get the full flower experience, you need to capture that unique floral scent. But not all flowers have a strong scent, nor do they all release them at the same time. To have a freshly scented garden throughout the growing seasons, you’ll need to plan ahead. [Read more…]

Whether it’s just your lawn or an entire garden, a hot and dry summer means you’re going to need to water your plants regularly to keep them in good condition. But there’s more to watering your plants than simply tossing water at them or turning on the sprinkler. [Read more…]

 Maintain Your Fountain For Years Of Enjoyment

A water fountain is a lovely touch that really adds to any pond or water piece in your yard. Unfortunately, fountains do require a bit of care and feeding, but with just a few simple steps you’ll be able to keep your fountain flowing freely and smoothly for years to come. [Read more…]

Spruce Up Your Patio With These Improvements

Summer may be on the way out, but that doesn’t mean you should be ignoring the outdoors! A patio is the centerpiece of any yard within which one can be found, and for good reason. There’s virtually no limit to the customizable ideas you can apply to your patio. Today, let’s talk about some of the ideas available to aspiring patio owners, or those who are looking to spruce up what they’ve already got. [Read more…]

The cost of Toronto landscaping can be exorbitant if you don’t know what you’re doing. The big thing to remember is not to assume that companies are trying to take advantage of you – the cost can be associated with the fact that things you want are significantly increasing the cost.

That being said we thought we would share with you ten things that will increase the cost of your project. [Read more…]

Keeping up with patio maintenance can reduce problems later on, so it is important to know what needs to be done in order to keep your patio beautiful.

Many people will toss plants and other items onto their patio, and then forget about them until a problem sets in. Since your patio is an extension of your backyard is it important to do patio maintenance in order to avoid everyday problems. [Read more…]

If you are someone that practices Feng Shui in your home – you have probably considered whether or not you can apply the same science to your garden. In fact the art of using Feng Shui in garden and landscape design isn’t difficult, it just requires an understanding of the methods used and results that can be achieved.

The term ‘Feng Shui’ comes from the expression ‘Shan Shui’, which means mountain water. This is an essential part of practicing Feng Shui – which you can achieve throughout your outdoor living area by adding vertical elements, which allows for a proper flow of energy. [Read more…]