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..

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…]

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…]

There are few things more peaceful than a well-maintained garden. A garden can add a great deal of character and joy to your landscape, and when done right, can be an oasis right in your front yard. City dwellers, fear not – even a much smaller yard can be transformed with a garden. Here, let’s brainstorm some small garden ideas together. [Read more…]

Landscaping is as much art as science, and like any other art, it is subject to changing trends. While many of the broader staples remain popular – gardens, lighting, and water features, to name a few – there are new trends at work shaping how those features are implemented. [Read more…]

As you know, you need a killer patio for successful backyard entertaining. What’s the next thing you need? Attractive décor is your answer. Use the following décor tips to wow your backyard guests:

  1. Find weatherproof, lightweight chairs, tables and sofas. Here’s a money-saving tip from Chatelaine magazine: “Spend more money on the classic pieces you want to last, and accessorize with trendy items that you can easily change from season to season.”
  2. Remember how we talked about dividing your patio for dining purposes? (Read part 1 here if you missed it.) Now use décor to differentiate the areas. For example, bamboo serving baskets or unique food tents will make food/buffet areas appealing.
  3. Talk to your landscaper about installing a waterfall, which will add a new dimension to your landscape. (Bonus: It boosts the value of your property more than any other home improvement – call us and we’ll tell you more details.)
  4. Create centerpieces with flowers from your own garden; Queen Anne’s lace, zinnias and hydrangeas make a beautiful combination.
  5. Update your deck with some fresh paint. Just remember to sand your deck first to maintain a smooth surface.

What’s must-have #3 for entertaining backyard guests? Find out in our blog next week – we’re ending the series with a bang!

Meanwhile, call Hofstetter Landscaping to set up your summer patio and landscape. Book your consultation now by calling 647-955-8382 or by sending a message here.


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If you’re living on a budget, you don’t need to settle for damaged patios and walkways. You can renew old concrete, enhance your curb appeal and save money. So how is this all possible? Your affordable solution to refreshing old concrete surfaces is jewel stone.

Jewel stone is an acrylic-modified, cement-based coating that resembles a stunning stone finish. What you’re doing here is applying jewel stone over existing concrete; this allows you to beautify surfaces without spending time and money on removing and/or replacing concrete surfaces.

When you enhance your landscape with jewel stone, you gain these advantages:

  • Jewel stone is resistant to UV exposure, scratches and freeze-thaw conditions, and it’s longer lasting than the concrete it’s installed on.

  • Jewel stone is a non-slippery surface, which is why it’s suitable for pool areas and porch landings.

  • Jewel stone is a multi-talented decorative concrete overlay – there’s always room for creativity. You can generate countless colour arrangements, including decorative or textured features.

Quick Tip: Is your concrete heaving or severely cracked? In this case, your concrete surface may need to be replaced. Talk to your professional landscaper for more details.

Don’t forget, summer barbecue season is just around the corner – get your jewel stone landscape ready before you invite your guests over for your patio parties. Call Hofstetter Landscaping now for your free quote at 647-955-8382. Or click here to send a message to the team.

Did you know that the colours in your backyard can influence people to feel happy, calm and creative? This is the power of colour psychology.

Colour psychology looks at how colours affect your mood. If you apply this to your gardens, you can bring new meaning to your landscape. So consider these colours as you renew your backyard landscape:

  • Blue: Signifies peace, creativity, spirituality; use morning glories, forget-me-nots or hydrangeas to reap blue benefits.

  • Yellow: Happiness, fun, optimism, warmth; try yellow flowers like sunflowers, daisies or daffodils.

  • White: Pure, fresh, elegant; also symbolizes healing; white flowers include lily of the valley, gardenias or lilies.

  • Purple: Dignity, royalty; also represents mystery; use violets, lilacs, pansies or orchids to convey purple meanings.

  • Red: Love, passion and strength; however, red is used in many cases to express anger; if you want to highlight red in your garden, consider red roses or tulips.

  • Green: Nature, growth, safety, reassurance; use eucalyptus, ferns or rhododendrons to convey green meanings.

Take note: the meanings behind colours are based on culture and your own experiences. Don’t worry about breaking any colour psychology rules in your backyard! Choose colours that are meaningful to you and then consult a professional landscaper to ensure your backyard plans are on the right track. Contact Hofstetter Landscaping to solidify your landscaping ideas – call 647-955-8382 or send a message through the contact form.

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Thinking about how far your landscape renovations can go on your strict budget? We have good news! It is possible to have your dream garden without stretching your finances too thin. All it needs is some smart planning and the services of an experienced Toronto landscaping professional. Here are some pointers to help.

Tips for landscaping on a budget:

  • Make a proper plan: Draw out a blueprint for your new landscaping design. See how many of the original features can be incorporated. Tearing out a good lawn or healthy plants is a waste of time, effort and resources.

  • Be realistic: It’s important to acknowledge what is possible as well as not to go overboard with too many design features. Match your lifestyle and your financial comfort.

  • Think in phases: Not everything has to be done all at once. If you budget for one or two renovations every year, you may find that the overall landscape makeover is more affordable.

  • Consult a landscaping professional: It will work out far cheaper than having to remove and redo a badly done job. Besides, the landscaping designer will be able to advise you about how best you can phase in the installation.

Hofstetter Landscaping Toronto offers design and installation expertise. We will determine the full  scope of your project (keeping your needs and budget in mind) and present you with concept drawings to make sure we have understood what you want. Then we can discuss exactly how you want to have it done.


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