Are you ready to take the plunge?

This is the time of year when many homeowners finally jump in with both feet and decide to install a pool or hot tub in their yard.  Visions of family barbecues, umbrella drinks and casual pool side parties are very exciting for the entire family.

There’s a lot more to consider, however, than just the pool itself!  That’s because the pool is just the beginning of your backyard transformation.  Finishing it off with stonework, landscaping and fencing are important for both safety and aesthetics, and should be key components in planning and budgeting for your new addition.

Stonework

There are countless options for finishing your pool deck.  Natural stone, pavers or even poured concrete can be good solutions for creating a safe, non-slip area to enter and exit in ground pools and hot tubs.  Choose finishes with texture for grip and stability and avoid shiny or slick surfaces that could pose a hazard.  Ensure stonework is professionally installed so that the entire surround comes out level and there are no tripping concerns around your pool.

Decking

If you are installing an above-ground pool or hot tub, it’s a good idea to build decking around it both for visual appeal and comfort for entry and exit.  It also allows for a social area for those who may want to sit by the pool without actually getting in.

Lighting

Custom lighting in your landscape design is a great addition to allow for night time use of your property, and also adds interest and charm showing off not just your pool, but also any gardens or unique features in your yard as well.  Not only that, but it provides a safety function so that the pool area is clearly defined when it is dark outside.

Fencing

Fencing around your yard – and even around your pool if you have small children – is an absolute must.  Options are limitless – from wood privacy fences to wrought iron security gates, the sky is the limit.

Landscaping

Finishing off your yard with professional landscaping is the perfect way to complete your makeover.  Features such as shrubs, trees, waterfalls and stone retaining walls can help to add privacy, while planting flower gardens and installing grass provide colour and interest to your newly renovated space.

At Okanagan Yard Works, we provide custom landscaping solutions to create unique spaces for our clients.  If you’ve decided to install a pool or hot tub this year, give us a call for all of your stonework, decking, fencing, lighting and landscaping needs.

Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space This Year!

If your yard feels uninspired, and doesn’t provide the welcoming retreat you’ve always hoped for, make 2019 the year you take your backyard from drab to fab!  Spring is just around the corner, so now is the time to plan some great upgrades to make your property more enjoyable for you and your guests.  The pros at Okanagan Yard Works have a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Install a Pergola. Pergolas provide a great deal of shade for hot summer days and they provide shelter as well.  Add some flowy curtains for colour and privacy, and complete your newly defined space with some comfortable seating or an outdoor dining set.  Creating a brand new entertainment area is as simple as that!
  2. Build a Deck. A new deck can invigorate your yard by providing entertaining areas and making good use of your space.  Multi-level decks can add functionality for hot tubs or above-ground pools – or even just to add interest to your property.  Decks can be built in all shapes and sizes to suit your needs and preferences, and there are many options for types of wood and stain to create the perfect look for your home.  Many homeowners choose to go with pine, but redwood, oak and even composite decking are all excellent choices as well.
  3. Create an Outdoor Kitchen. Outdoor kitchens are becoming really popular as homeowners realize the value of being able to prep and serve an entire meal al fresco without ever needing to leave their backyard oasis.  These features can be built with brick or stone, and can encompass both work space and entertaining.  Imagine a fully functioning barbecue area complete with counter space, a bar fridge and seating for simple and relaxed entertaining in style.

If want to get your family outside this summer to enjoy the full benefit of your property, give us a call for ideas and suggestions that can enhance your outdoor living space and beautify your home.  Our professional landscape team can help you transform your boring backyard into a decadent retreat.

Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Plan your Backyard Makeover!

It’s hard to imagine that summer is over.  The leaves are falling and the air is colder, meaning it will be months before we get out to enjoy our backyards again.  If bidding adieu to your outdoor space until next spring doesn’t make you just a little bit sad, perhaps it’s time to consider a landscape makeover to turn your property into your own summer oasis by next year.

Fall is the perfect time to plan and execute a backyard makeover:

  1. You are using your outdoor space less, so landscapers won’t be in the way of your day to day life.
  2. Landscape professionals are generally less busy in the fall and early winter, so you may have more success with availability than you would in the summer months.
  3. Many bulbs and plants require planting in fall in order to flower in spring – allowing you to have colour and vitality in your gardens from the very beginning of the season.
  4. Complete stonework, retaining walls and structures with plenty of time to allow grass and greenery to grow.

How do I plan my revitalized yard space?

In order to design the perfect outdoor entertainment area, it’s important to think about how you would like to use your yard.  Do you like to have friends over in the afternoons for barbeques, or for late-night cocktails on the patio?  Do you have small children who need space to play, or pets who may damage grass and foliage?  Are you looking for a water feature for ambience or a fire table for sipping hot cocoa on a cool evening?  All of these are important considerations that help to shape the look and feel you are after for your yard.

Armed with your ideas and our expertise, we can help you to design the ideal space to entertain, relax in and enjoy.  We will advise you on feature placement and materials, plant choices and irrigation systems to ensure that your final product is everything you wanted- and more.

Get ready for spring by planning your backyard getaway this fall!  Give us a call to book your free consultation.

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.