To add tangible value to your home, landscaping improvements need to fit in with the aesthetics of the surrounding neighbourhood. This stunning Lora Bay backyard makeover by Owen Landscape Architect is a classic example of the added value of an inspirational outdoor living space that can be enjoyed year-round. The design vision came from an astute interpretation of the site’s nuances: topography, light, and a spatial understanding of how to best execute the client’s requests within a relatively small backyard.

The existing landscaping was completely transformed, capitalizing on the elevation change to create multilevel “rooms”: an intimate lounge facing an outdoor fireplace; an outdoor kitchen; a spa embedded in a raised garden bed; all woven together into a harmonious outdoor living space framed with hearty, easy to maintain perennials such as black eyed susans, ferns and hostas.

The imposing douglas fir timber pergola makes a strong statement bisecting the space as it spans across the pool, terminating at a “fire and water” focal point. Low maintenance ipe wood was chosen for the decks along with durable wet-laid dimensional Eramosa stone. The unique pattern of the stone compliments the Wiarton veneer stone walls and spectacular fireplace. A unique feature is the alfresco shower back- splash – a monolithic sheet of polished faux black granite offering a contrast with the surrounding stone cladding.

The homeowners are beyond thrilled with their new outdoor living space by Owen Landscape Architect, which they appreciate year-round.

In the fall and winter, they enjoy the soft glow of the fireplace while soaking in the hot tub and during the warmer months, their time is spent almost exclusively out of doors, from their morning coffee ritual to cooling off on a hot day to celebrations and entertaining.

This investment, which has increased the value of their home, will certainly be enjoyed for years to come. |E|