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…]

Rick Hofstetter and Ashleigh MacDonald have come a long way since 1989. Through both on-the-job education and an extensive array of coursework offered by paving stone manufacturers and Landscape Ontario as well as other providers in the industry, the pair have worked to give themselves the skills needed to build a successful landscaping business. Rick is quick to point out that his brother Ron Hofstetter, Crew Supervisor, has now taken over the reins of running the day to day operations with regards to installations and along with our dedicated crew of long term employees has things running very smoothly and continues to get rave reviews from all of our customers.

That dedication has paid off, and this month Hofstetter Landscaping will celebrate twenty-five years as respected participants in a hard-working industry. “It’s easy to compare quotes and default to the cheaper option,” Rick said, “but we’ve made it this long by ensuring that we provide a level of quality and service that is worth the money.”

Hofstetter Landscaping services the Toronto and surrounding areas in which they are well-known for their passion for the industry. The company is a “Unilock Authorized Contractor” and through their association with Unilock, (who is “The Premier Supplier” of landscaping products in North America) use only the highest quality products, installed with passion and expertise. They have also recently launched a permanent display booth at the new Home & Design Expo Center at 155 Consumers Road Toronto.

 

Image credit: Hofstetter Landscaping

An interlocking driveway offers is an attractive alternative to more common asphalt driveways. Created using interlocking blocks of concrete, an interlocking driveway does require some maintenance; fortunately, the maintenance is relatively easy. There are three primary steps you should keep in mind:

  1. Power Wash – (safety glasses and rubber boots are required) Power washing can scrub out unwanted plant growth, caked in dirt, and automobile marks. (there are specific chemicals you can buy to help with problem marks and stains on the surface) High pressure water is best, use extra care on the joints so as not to remove too much sand from the joints, you may need to spray the joints extra hard in some cases to remove the weeds, if you do remove too much sand, don’t worry you can fix that later. (If you are inclined you might consider doing the cleaning on a rainy day as this may help to soften the soil build up on the surface of the stones making it a little easier to clean)
  2. Apply Polymeric Sand – (the surface must be completely dry before you apply polymeric sand) Sweep off your driveway to clear out any debris, and then apply a layer of polymeric sand to fill in any gaps that may have developed between bricks. This will ensure that the bricks remain stationary and secure. Once the sand has been applied, spread it around with a broom for complete coverage (remove all excess sand from the surface) then gently spray with water from your garden hose.
  3. Strip and Seal – Even a carefully maintained driveway will take a beating from the elements. If your driveway has become faded and lackluster, it may be time to strip off the old sealant and apply a fresh coat. You’re often better served hiring a professional for a task like this, to save you time and ensure the job is done right the first time (which also saves you money).

Be aware of the weather before your start your maintenance, particularly stripping and sealing. This part requires 24 hrs of previous dry weather and 24 hrs of dry weather after the work is done and it should be above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If your driveway has been sealed in the past you are advised to use the same type of sealer which was used previously (EI water based on water based and solvent based on solvent based) pay close attention to the joints to make sure they are dry, a wet joint with solvent base may turn white and requires a lot of extra work to fix it.

Keeping these steps in mind will help ensure your interlocking driveway continues to serve as a safe and attractive portal to your home for years to come. If you’ve got more questions or need help with yours, give us a call at 647-955-8382 or send us a message with your questions and comments. We’d love to hear from you!

Image credit: Unilock (Hofstetter Landscaping is a Unilock Authorized Contractor.)