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…]

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…]

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…]

Most plants are more resilient than we give them credit for – they tolerate normal temperature fluctuations readily, and don’t react to more drastic weather elements like heavy rain. However – there are some changes that can cause problems such as; very severe temperature fluctuations, and increased wind speeds. The most important thing to keep in mind is that these problems can affect both outdoor and indoor plants. [Read more…]

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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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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A water feature is often the central or focal part of your landscaping design. Your choice can not only accentuate or mar the design but it also impacts your overall satisfaction and maintenance efforts.

Here are 5 important points to keep in mind while selecting a water feature for your Toronto landscape.

  1. Size: Plan exactly where it will be installed and consider how it fits into your overall landscape design. Scale is important so don’t pick anything that is too small or big.

  2. Material: Are you looking for something heavy (like stone) or would you prefer it to be light (like aluminum or acrylic)? Budget is also an important consideration as is wear and tear.

  3. Style: It must blend with the overall landscaping design as well as complement your home. If you don’t like what’s available in stores, have one custom made. It will be one-of-a-kind.

  4. Maintenance: Water features require regular attention. However, there are some that require more care than others. Choose one that meets your lifestyle and time availability.

  5. Professional installation: There is no substitute for professional installation especially when there’s wiring involved. Don’t compromise your safety.

Hofstetter Landscaping Toronto specializes in designing and constructing aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and low maintenance ponds and water features that are customized to fit your particular style and taste. Tell us what you would like to see.

 

 

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