Landscape Structures (www.LandscapeStructures.ca), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading custom design, build, and landscape maintenance provider, is weighing in on the growing popularity of outdoor living spaces as warmer spring weather finally hits the GTA.
“Torontonians love the outdoors and want to enjoy it for as long as possible. To take advantage of the spring, summer, and autumn months, more and more homeowners are extending their indoor living space outdoors,” says Sue Shorey, Operations Manager. “On top of that, homeowners know that a professionally designed outdoor living space can add value to not just their lives, but also their property values.”
Shorey explains that an increasing number of property owners in the GTA are discovering the joys of eating, relaxing, and entertaining in backyard spaces designed specifically for their purposes. Some of the outdoor living space features that are most in demand from Landscape Structures include patios, custom barbecue islands, outdoor kitchens, bars, fireplaces, fire pits, and installed seating areas (e.g. benches, seat walls, ledges, steps, boulders).
Unfortunately, says Shorey, building a backyard oasis, whether it’s a patio or fireplace, is a lot of work and can require moving lots of dirt, which takes heavy equipment, such as a backhoe or truck. Depending on the design, property owners may also need gravel, sand, and other materials.
“When it comes to extending one’s indoor living space outdoors, it really is best to hire a professional contractor. Some projects may look easy, but there are a number of logistics that can make it quite complex; especially if it involves water, electricity, carpentry, or masonry. On top of that, certain custom structures, like arbours, studios, custom pool cabanas, pergolas, and outdoor bars and kitchens, may require a building permit,” Shorey adds.
Custom outdoor projects, including kitchens, barbecue islands, fireplaces, seating areas, and cabanas, are a great way to extend a home’s living space. With a warm fireplace, a homeowner can extend the amount of time they spend enjoying their backyard; sitting on the patio from early spring into late fall.
“There are many different ways to maximize the enjoyment and comfort of a backyard. One of the best ways is to bring the convenience of the indoors outdoors. And, like any addition, the homeowner needs to make sure the design, materials, and finished project of their outdoor living space fits in seamlessly with the rest of their home. The homeowner also needs to hire a team of professionals with a proven track record of creating outdoor living spaces that match not just their budget, but also their vision,” Shorey concludes.
As the top landscape contractor & designer in the GTA, Landscape Structures has over 20+ years of experience designing innovative, enjoyable landscapes that work harmoniously with the natural environment. As one of Ontario’s premier full-service design, build, and maintenance landscaping firms, Landscape Structures offers a wide range of services designed to exceed their clients’ needs using the most efficient and cost-effective methods. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured, the Landscape Structures award-winning landscape design/service team’s range of services includes landscape design, native plantings, sod, tree and shrub landscape construction, decks, fences, pergolas, tree houses, lawn care, horticultural assessment, stone walkway paving, stone garden bed retainers, waterfall landscaping, storm water ponds, seasonal clean-up, and snow and ice removal.