Before & After
See what good design and execution can do.
A Cabbage town upgrade We rearranged the existing shrubs and added some large Chameacyparis obtusa Flowering shrubs like small leafed rhododendrons were added
In the back, poorly laid pavers and dead European hornbeam A new pergola with cedar decking, pyramidal oak replace the dead hornbeams The pergola gets attached to the garage to eliminate 2 posts We built a pergola for a wisteria and added lilacs This lilac was dug out from the owner’s mother’s garden
The paving and garden areas were poorly thought out The pavers were re-used to make a space in the shade for a table Hydrangeas flourish when the watering is right The garden was featured in a glossy spread!
Rosedale Ravine, good ideas bad execution Pretty sure this is what they had in mind Magnolia planting down the ravine
Unimaginative lawn with an impenetrable wall of green Changing the shape of the lawn An oval lawn and the re-built arbour brought forward The trees were selectively pruned to feature a massive storm ravaged American Basswood at the bottom of the ravine
Poorly laid stone work going down the ravine Slippery, sloping flag stone First things first, prepare a proper base The guys who made it! Gus (right) and his assistant Jordan New stone work carved into the hill Slope replaced by steps Precarious path becomes stunning The afternoon sun peaks into a secluded, woodsy nook Fall colour minutes from Yonge and Bloor
Trouble in the Junction Rotten wood and sloping, pitching concrete everywhere Welcome to Dogpatch Victor Comas making everything solid and beautiful A clean, economical make over that will last a generation or longer New deck and raised beds New steps and railings add style and safety A red leaved Ensete, part of the banana family How to deal with an awkward corner Ready for entertaining or re-sale
This garage was rebuilt with a green roof in mind 3 years later a healthy carpet of sedums with only 3” of soil some grasses have found their way up here