5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Patio

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…]

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…]

Hosting an outdoor event this summer? Whether it’s a birthday party, reunion, wedding or barbecue, you must make this an affair to remember.

But don’t panic – this three-part series on backyard entertaining will make planning a little smoother. We’ll be covering the three things you really need to transform your backyard into party central, while creating a space your family will love all summer long.

First, you need a killer patio – get one started with these tips:

  1. Consider space, lighting, seating and flow of traffic in your new patio and landscape design.
  2. Surface your patio with durable, textured paving stones. Have your landscaper install paving stones in warm neutral tones, which will create a welcoming atmosphere in your backyard.
  3. Create shading with pergolas, a gazebo, umbrellas, canopies or awnings.
  4. For dining purposes, divide your patio into three stations: the dining area/table, the food/buffet station and dessert area.
  5. Remember, your guests need to know where they walk at night. Low-voltage lighting is suitable for a mellow atmosphere. But, “if you already have strong standard-voltage lighting, consider installing dimmer switches so that you can soften the effect when you want,” advises MyHomeIdeas.com.

Along with a killer patio, what are two other things you need for awesome backyard entertaining? Visit our blog in the next few weeks, where we’ll uncover must-haves #2 and #3.

In the meantime, contact Hofstetter Landscaping to get your patio up and running. Get your free quote by phoning 647-955-8382 or send a message through the contact form now.


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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.

Notice how more homeowners are replacing their concrete driveways, patios and walkways with interlocking stone pavers? Here’s why: They’re saving money. Concrete paving is cheaper, but the slabs will have to be replaced due to cracking. This means you’re always dishing out cash to upkeep your concrete paving.

This isn’t the case with interlocking stone pavers, though, they’re full of benefits: they don’t crack, so you save money on maintenance; salt won’t harm the stone pavers, which means you can avoid icy winter slips; and they come in a variety of patterns and colours, so interlocking stone pavers add sophistication to your home. The result? They boost your curb appeal and property value.

Here’s your guide to shopping for interlocking stone pavers.

  • What’s your style? Determine what you want in your colours, designs and patterns. Also, consider the stone paving shapes and sizes, and how you want the angles positioned.
  • Settle on a surface. Do your research on how porous, sturdy, and hard the stones are, which can affect your driveway, patio or walkway appearance.
  • Look around you. Don’t forget the rest of your landscape – keep permanent fixtures in mind; this also includes benches and gazebos.

The sooner you plan for interlocking stone pavers, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits of a home upgrade. Get a free quote from Hofstetter Landscaping – call 647-955-8382 or get your free quote here.



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Want to go on a cottage getaway without spending extra cash? Well, you can do this – in your Toronto home.

Having an attractive, functional backyard patio saves you time from driving up north and saves money on fuel. As you plan your perfect patio landscape, follow these 10 pointers:

  1. How will you use your patio? Knowing this will steer your plans in the right direction.
  2. Determine your patio size.
  3. Decide on a square, round or free form patio.
  4. Consider a deck, which is perfect for a quiet retreat.
  5. Ample shade is necessary, otherwise, guests will feel overheated. Check out patio covers, awnings and umbrellas.
  6. If there’s room on your landscape, a gazebo is ideal for shade and entertaining guests.
  7. Research outdoor furniture materials; they should be UV-, heat- and cold- resistant.
  8. Which patio flooring do you prefer? Some homeowners prefer stone, others like brick.
  9. Warm your patio with a heater or outdoor fireplace.
  10. Make sure your patio lights, décor and accessories are waterproof and made for the outdoors.

For foolproof results in your patio-landscaping plans, consult a landscaping expert. That way, you won’t need to worry about fixing mistakes.

Serving residents across Scarborough, North York, Toronto and the GTA, Hofstetter Landscaping Toronto can help you attain your most beautiful backyard patio. Get your free quote from Hofstetter Landscaping Toronto by filling in the detailed form or by calling 647-955-8382.


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Adding a patio to your Toronto property landscape? With the right planning it can be a beautiful extension of your living space.

Keep the following points in mind when planning your patio design:

  • Have a good point of reference. Whether it’s magazine pictures, photographs or Internet images. It makes it easier to explain what you want to your Toronto landscaper.
  • Make sure the shape is in proportion to your house as well as the garden. It’s not something you’re going to redo in a while. Going too big or too small with a patio can ruin the look of your landscape.
  • Choose a material that complements your lifestyle. This means considering how you are going to use it as well as how much maintenance it requires.
  • Keep the design simple. Complex shapes, too much colour or intricate patterning can be an eyesore.
  • Draw it out on paper. Better still get a computerized representation. This will give you some idea of how it’s going to look.
  • Pay attention to your budget. Many landscaping designers allow you make renovations in phases and according to your financial comfort.

Hofstetter Landscaping Toronto offers patio design expertise. We work with a wide variety of materials including natural stone, concrete and brick pavers. We can transform your outdoors into a natural extension of your living space to relax and entertain in.

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