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Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space with Professional Landscape Design

You’ve finally decided to go ahead and make over your property, turning it into the resort-style space you’ve always dreamed of for the ultimate in stay-cation appeal.  That’s great news! So, how do you make sure you end up with a living space that hits all of your high points that is functional AND on budget?  Make sure you start with professional landscape design for results that won’t disappoint.

How Can Professional Landscape Design Improve Your Project?

  • Taking your plan from idea to reality includes many steps in between. A landscape designer will work from your initial consultation to provide drawings and realistic timelines for your backyard renovation.  Experienced project management ensures your ultimate satisfaction with your finished space.
  • You have lots of ideas on how to make your yard great, but we can help you look at your remodel from a practical standpoint. Knowing what materials will work best in your space and understanding techniques that will give you the results you are looking for are key to a professional look and feel when your project is complete.
  • Landscape designers can offer suggestions on special features such as a pergola or a waterfall that can make your home stand out. Unique details such as these can become focal points in your yard that might otherwise have been overlooked.
  • Managing budget is another consideration. Landscape designers are familiar with costs for hard and soft scape materials and labour, and can help keep your project on budget and on time.
  • Setting realistic goals can also fall to the landscape designer. If your vision and budget don’t necessarily align, they can help to plan and budget your project in stages to be completed over several years, without having your yard appear unfinished in between.

What To Expect At Your Initial Consultation

To get your project started, you simply need to set up a meeting with a member of our landscape team who will be happy to get the ball rolling.  Come prepared with your ideas, and expect to hear some new ones that you may not have considered.  Key points of discussion at the beginning of any project include:

  • How you intend to use your space
  • Colour schemes or palettes that you want to incorporate
  • Any must-have features such as a fire pit or a pond
  • Potential material selections
  • Proposed layout of your remodeled space
  • Budget and timeline

Ensure that your landscaping dollars are well spent with landscape design services from Okanagan Yard Works.  Give us a call today to see how we can turn your dream property into a reality!

Creating Privacy in your Backyard Oasis

Most of us like our neighbours well enough, but sometimes, you just want to be alone.  Whether it’s a private dinner for two al fresco, or a family barbecue for 20,  there’s no need to feel like you’re in a fish bowl.  If you’ve got privacy issues in your yard, Okanagan Yard Works is here to help with suggestions and ideas to create a more secluded space for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Build a Privacy Fence

Chain link fences do the trick when it comes to separating property lines, but don’t help much in terms of privacy.  Consider building a solid wood fence that will keep prying eyes at bay.  Choose from an unlimited selection of materials and colours to match your style and vibe.

Construct a Gazebo

A gazebo is a great way to create a separate space within your yard, and can be draped with curtains or adorned with plants in order to add even more privacy while also adding interest and colour.  Add some built in furniture or a water feature for a perfect escape.

Hedges and Shrubs

Hedges and shrubs can help to block the view of nosey neighbours and also add a great touch of green in your yard.  Be sure to choose varieties that will not grow too big for your space, and leave enough room in between them for them to spread out over the years.

Plant Trees

Planting full sized trees can be costly, but if you have a little patience, plant a row of fast-growing trees and give them a couple of years to thrive.  You’ll find there’s nothing better for a privacy screen than a beautiful birch or evergreen swaying in the wind.

Construct a Vertical Garden

Vertical gardens can grow literally anywhere, and can feature whatever type of greenery and plant life you’d like.  Add beauty and interest in your space while also blocking out your neighbour’s view of your yard.

Build a Lattice Wall

Much like the vertical garden, a lattice wall can be installed anywhere that you feel could use a little extra privacy – perhaps behind your hot tub or by your favourite reading nook.  A simple solution with instant results.

If you’re looking for smart ideas for added privacy on your property, call the pros at Okanagan Yard Works for a consultation.  We can help with everything from design to installation, making your backyard the secluded oasis you always wanted.

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.

4 Reasons You Should Hire A Professional Landscape Company

If you’ve made the decision to invest in your property by improving your landscaping, don’t make the mistake of trying to do it yourself.  Take advantage of the skills and experience of a professional landscape company in order to get the most out of your budget.  You can actually save time and money by counting on the experts.  Here’s how:

  1. Thoughtful design. Having a well thought out design for your space will ensure that you will get adequate sunlight and drainage for your plants, as well as properly integrated seating and entertainment areas for your family and friends.  Experience plays an important role in making sure all of your features work well together, and that you end up with an outdoor area that is both beautiful and functional.
  2. Choosing the right materials. Our experts know what plants and materials will work in your climate and environment.  Not only will this help your yard to look its best, but it will also save you the replacement costs for stonework or greenery that simply doesn’t work in your yard.  Add to that the fact that professional landscapers often have access to volume discounts and a wider variety of inventory, and you’ll find that you’re likely coming out ahead on costs.
  3. Count on proper installation. Many outdoor renovations can seem like a relatively simple DIY project for homeowners, but unless you have experience or happen to be exceptionally handy, it’s best to leave the landscaping to the pros.  We have the knowledge and expertise to install your plants, stonework and features to exacting standards that will look great and last a lifetime.  The cost of materials is a definite investment, so don’t leave the results to chance.  Trust our team to make sure your yard project turns out just the way you want.
  4. Benefit from a set timeline. Many homeowners begin a home improvement project, but simply don’t have the time to devote to completing it.  In many cases, these landscape renos end up dragging on for weeks and months on end, to the frustration of all involved.  Using a professional means you will have a set timeline for completion, and you will get to keep your free time for things you actually want to do – like enjoying your newly revitalized outdoor space.

Get the job done right, on time and on budget with the friendly and talented team at Okanagan Yard Works.  Contact us for a free consultation today!

Landscaping for Urban (Read: Smaller) Properties

Most discussions on landscaping invoke visions of a sprawling estate with rolling hills, a thicket of trees and winding pathways leading to a perfect oasis.  Not every space is created equal, however, so what about people living in urban or city areas who have considerably less real estate to work with?  Even though your property is smaller in size, it can still pack a big punch with a few landscaping ideas from Okanagan Yard Works.

Consider scale.  When designing your layout, think about how the size of your materials will compare to the size of your house and yard.  If, for example, you put a giant pond in your 20 x 50 backyard, it just isn’t going to look right.  You could, however, build in a beautiful water feature like a fountain or waterfall that would fit perfectly into your yard.  Choose trees and shrubbery that won’t crowd your yard, and make sure your patio furniture is scaled to size as well.

Use hardscapes or gardens instead of grass.  If your front lawn is on the petite side, think about using hardscapes like interlock or natural stone, complemented by colourful gardens to replace your lawn.  It can reduce maintenance while also giving the front of your home more curb appeal.

Use colour.  Colour in small spaces really stands out and draws the eye towards your features.  Invest in perennials that add some pop to your yard, as well as trees and shrubbery that have some veining and colour variations to create a little more interest.  Cushions, carpets and even outdoor tiling can tie in with your garden theme for a really polished finish.

Hire a professional.  If you are planning to revamp your outdoor space this year, but need a little help and inspiration get it just right, hire the professionals at Okanagan Yard Works.  We have the skills and experience to help you create the look you are after, and to complete your outdoor remodel exactly the way you want.Call us for a free consultation and see how we can make your small space feel like your own fabulous 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.

Excavation Services for Home Owners

Many of our clients are surprised to hear that we offer excavations services for many different home improvement projects.  This is because excavation is more commonly associated with large scale projects and commercial construction.  There are, however, many applications for residential use that will help to make your job more cost effective and efficient, and which will deliver much more consistent results than excavating by hand.

Landscape Clearing

Excavation is a great way to begin your landscaping project.  It allows us to work with a clean slate and to give you the finished look you want for your home.  Through the use of excavation you are no longer limited to the current layout of your yard, but instead can customize your space to suit your personal taste.

  • Shaping earth to accommodate your landscape design
  • Removing debris
  • Clearing any unwanted plants and structures

Driveway Excavation

If you are considering a new driveway or stone pathways in your yard, hiring an excavation expert will help you to get the perfect finish every time.  Whether a gravel drive, a flagstone walkway or a paved parking pad, it’s important to start with a smooth level surface to prevent buckling and heaving that can shorten the lifespan of your investment.

Repairing Foundations

If you live in an older house, chances are you’ll have to have repairs to your foundation at some point or another.  While this is never great news to hear, it’s good to know that you can improve safety and efficiency by hiring an excavation team to get to the root of the problem.

Prepping for Construction

The first step in starting a home renovation or construction project is clearing the land and getting the area ready for the build.  Our expert team is familiar with construction code requirements and will work with your contractor to ensure that your reno moves forward without delay.

  • Digging basements
  • Clearing trees
  • Removing existing structures
  • Demolishing sheds and out buildings
  • Prepping for Pools or Hot Tubs

If you are planning home improvements that require excavation, trust the experienced team at Okanagan Yard Works to deliver quality service and impeccable results.