Natural Stone Features for Outdoor Living

Natural Stone can be a beautiful feature for your property, and can be used in a wide variety of applications.  It adds texture, colour, elevation and functionality to any space.  Whether you are looking to upgrade your curb appeal or add some life to your backyard landscaping, consider some of these suggestions to achieve a great impact and create useful spaces for you and your guests to enjoy.

Water Features

Water features are a great accent in any yard, and can be designed to fit perfectly with your existing landscaping.  Whether you are looking for a stunning water fall or a babbling brook, natural stone can help to create an impressive feature that will provide visual appeal, incorporate the soothing sounds of water and contribute to the overall ambience in your outdoor space.

Fire Pits

Fire pits have become incredibly popular in landscape design in recent years.  This is because they add to the feeling of an outdoor living area and help to designate different focal points within the yard.  Natural stone is a perfect choice for a custom fire pit, and the possibilities are endless.  Consider a fire pit complete with stone seating for a truly unique entertaining idea.

Stone Stairways

There’s nothing quite as elegant as natural stone steps to accentuate your home or garden.  These can be installed in almost any application – from narrow front steps accented by beautiful garden beds, to wide, sweeping patio staircases that add warmth and charm to your elevated entertaining area, gazebo or walkways.  Natural stone steps are a striking feature that will always stand out from the rest.

Stone Pathways

To create flow in your yard, and pathways to define distinct entertaining spaces, stone walkways are a perfect choice.  There is a wide variety of colours and textures to choose from to make sure your stone work blends with the rest of your property.  Installed properly, stone pathways can add elegance and style to your outdoor living areas for many years to come.

Patios

Stone patios are an excellent option for both aesthetic appeal and durability.  Custom patio areas for dining, reading and entertaining help to improve the function of your property and create a unique space to call your own.

If you are looking for custom stone work, trust the experts at Okanagan Yard Works to get the job done right.  Call us for a free consultation to see how we can turn your vision into reality.

Tips for Spring Deck Building

Spring is almost here and it’s time to shake off the cobwebs of winter and look forward to using our outdoor space again!  If your deck was looking shabby in the fall, or you were thinking of a new build, now’s the time to plan so that your yard is ready for entertaining as soon as you are!

Here are just a few questions we get asked about spring deck building:

  1. Should I wait until summer to build my deck? As landscapers, summer is our busiest time of year, so we may not have the availability you want to get your new deck built for the outdoor season. In early spring, we are ramping up for the season and will have plenty of time to get your project complete for you to enjoy with your family and friends.  Plus, since homeowners are less likely to need access to their yard or back door at this time of year, we can often work with limited interruption and hassle for our clients.
  2. Can my deck be rebuilt? If the frame of your deck is less than 10 years old, we can often re-deck it.  This means fixing any small issues with the frame and installing new boards and rails for a deck that is sturdy and secure, while still adding visual appeal to your yard.  Of course, older decks, or framing that is in disrepair, should be demolished and rebuilt from scratch to ensure its safety and longevity for years to come.
  3. What design features should I consider for my deck? The sky is the limit for your deck design.  Consider varying heights, built-in seating, wooden deck boxes and even curved decking to make sure that your outdoor space stands out from the rest.  Make sure you incorporate all of the ways you will want to use your deck – backyard grilling, dining al fresco or entertaining under the stars – to make sure you have enough space for all of the activities you like to enjoy.
  4. How long will it take to build my deck? We recognize that it’s important for homeowners to get their outdoor projects completed and reclaim their space as soon as possible.  We will provide you with an estimated timeline at your consultation appointment, and will be sure to give you an amazing finished project with a minimal amount of disruption to your home life.