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16 Jan 2017
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Decorative Fence Ideas

A fence can add so much value to your home. Not only does it create physical boundaries between the pathway and your property, or between certain sections of your yard, it can also really compliment the exterior of your home and look aesthetically pleasing. Fences can sometimes look boring if you don’t choose the right one or look after it properly, but there are plenty of things you can do to decorate your fence and many stylish designs to choose from. Here are a few decorative fence ideas to give you inspiration.

Add a welcome gate

If you want a decorative fence around your property or around a certain section of your yard, a gate is a really cute idea that will welcome guests into that area and add something special to the design. White picket fences are simple yet striking, especially teamed with colourful pots and ornaments and a nice bed of flowers. Consider adding an arbour along with a gate, and wrapping fairy lights or an ivy plant around the arch to create a secret garden-like entrance.

 

Combine brick with wood

Depending on where you live and the type of privacy you’re looking for, you may want a decorative fence that’s a bit sturdier. Consider a brick and wooden fence for something that will stand the test of time and match the rest of your home. Brick pillars combined with wooden fence rails in between look very striking and can help to create a natural flow from the home into the garden. Use natural-coloured brick and wood too so that it blends nicely with the overall setting.

 

Create privacy with bamboo

Fences are also great for adding an element of privacy to your home. If you live on a main road, on a road where people can see into your home, or if you simply want to add a barrier around your property, bamboo is a great material to use that creates a screen between you and the outside world, or the home and certain areas of the garden. Bamboo is a renewable resource too and it’s becoming much more popular since it grows back very quickly, is relatively sturdy, and can easily be used as a building material without the need to consume a lot of energy or fossil fuels.

If you’re looking for more decorative fence ideas, get in touch with us today to talk more about your property and the type of fence you’re looking to install.

09 Jan 2017
front yard

How To Revamp Your Front Yard

There are many ways that you can revamp your front yard and create an inviting and warm entry to your home. A visually appealing front yard can completely transform the look, feel, and appeal of the exterior of your home, and especially if you’re selling your home either now or in the future, your front yard is very important as it sets the first impression of the house. Improve your home’s entry by updating your yard with a driveway, porch area, flower bed, water feature or walkway, and give visitors the ultimate welcome to your property. Here are a few creative landscaping designs to revamp your yard and boost your home’s curb appeal.

 

Lead guests into your home

One of the nicest ways to revamp your front yard is to add a driveway. Lead your visitors into your home with a driveway and walkway to give the exterior of your home structure an inviting charm. Invest in a paved, concrete, or asphalt driveway and opt for a design that matches the theme and style of your home. Certain materials such as brick and pavers are permeable, which means that they allow water to run back into the ground, whereas concrete driveways need to be created in a way that allows water to be directed away from the home to prevent any damage to the foundations.

Revamp your stairs

If your existing yard has stairs leading up to the home or around the property, one great way to update your front yard is to revamp your stairs. Garden stairs can completely change the feel of your property, and there are many materials to choose from such as wood, stone, brick, and concrete. Well-manicured stairs can create the most warming welcome, and it’s always nice to line the stairs with stones, plants, or outdoor lighting.

 

Hire the right landscaper

Although the design of your front yard is very important, it’s equally as important to hire the right landscaper to complete the job. Your chosen landscaper should offer you ideas on how to create easy movement around your front yard, and design ideas that will complement the existing design and add a certain appeal. Whether you’re adding a driveway, staircase, flowers and greenery, landscape lighting, a fence, or any other feature, the right landscaper will give your property the visual statement it needs.

If you’re looking for a landscaper in Vancouver, get in touch with us today to talk more about revamping your front yard.

02 Jan 2017
build a deck

When is the best time to build a deck?

If you’re dreaming about installing a deck in your yard, you’ll no doubt have a number of questions about logistics and practicalities, design, season, and how to choose the best landscaper for the job. Decking is a wonderful addition to the home, as it can extend your living space significantly, or even create a brand new space altogether. It’s always a good idea to start planning your landscaping work early, as this allows you enough time to budget properly, finalize the design, and choose the best time for you and your schedule. If you’re planning a yard revamp, here are a few pointers regarding the best time to build a deck and things to consider.

Avoid bad weather

One of the biggest variables when it comes to building a deck is weather. Generally, the weather is less predictable in the winter months, so spring and summer offers better conditions and there is less rainfall and bad weather to delay the work. If you want to build but also enjoy your decking in the summer, spring is a great time to complete the work to build a deck so you can complete it in time for the warmer months.

Budget properly and realistically

Budgeting plays a huge role when it comes to planning your activities to build a deck. It’s very important to budget properly and realistically, and think about all variables and costs that you may incur during the work. Get a detailed quote from your landscaper incorporating the cost of things like materials and labour, and make sure you allocate enough time to save for the project as you don’t want to run out of funds half way through.

Choose a time that suits you

Ultimately, it’s difficult to say when is the “best” time to build a deck, because it also depends on the individual’s preference and situation. There are certain times of year when the landscaping work is a little easier, due to weather and landscaper availability, but it’s also important to factor in when is the best time for the individual. Think about vacations you have planned, school holidays, and any other factors that may affect the project.

Find the right landscaper to build a deck

It’s also very important to find the right landscaper to complete the job and build a deck. Your landscaper should understand your vision for the project, and be able to offer tips and advice to help with the planning process. Your landscaper will be able to advise on the best time to complete the project and answer any questions you have so you fully understand the decking process.

Looking for decking specialists in Vancouver? Get in touch with us today!

26 Dec 2016
front yard

Planning Front Yard Landscaping

Your front yard is the first thing people see when they visit your home. Flowering shrubs, a perfectly laid driveway, and walkways and lighting all set the right tone and provide a warm welcome for your visitors. A well-designed front yard will undoubtedly improve the curb appeal of your home, and if you’re looking to sell your property anytime soon, it’s a great way to give buyers the best first impression and give your home that “wow” factor. Here are a few tips and ideas if you’re planning front yard landscaping this year.

Find the right landscaper

The first step in planning front yard landscaping is finding the right landscaper. It’s important to look for a professional who can bring ideas to the table, who shares your vision, and who feels equally as passionate about the project as you do. Ask to look at your landscaper’s previous projects too for ideas and to see their standard of work.

Outline your budget

Before you begin the work on your front yard, it’s important that you have a good idea of your budget. Consult your landscaper and ask them to outline all material and labour costs, as well as any additional work that may be required such as levelling. Don’t forget to take into account extra costs such as hiring a gardener to complete the greenery work, as shrubbery, flowers, and trees are always lovely additions to your front yard.

Look for inspiration for Planning Front Yard Landscaping

There are plenty of creative ways that when planning front yard landscaping you can create a dramatic entrance to your home. Consider adding a raised porch area, pillars outside your front door, steps leading up to your home, or a walkway that guides visitors to the front door. A symmetrical design will also create a dramatic effect and can be achieved with structures and features, walls, and shrubbery. Look for inspiration in magazines, or walk around your neighbourhood to get ideas from other homes in the area.

Invest in the driveway

One of the key features in your front yard is your driveway, and this makes a huge difference to the overall look of your home. When planning front yard landscaping, consider the different driveway materials out there, taking into account the cost, durability, and aesthetic. Consider materials such as concrete, gravel, asphalt, and pavers, as well as accent features and decorative borders.

If you’re looking for landscaping experts in Vancouver, get in touch with us today!

19 Dec 2016
outdoor lighting ideas

Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Outdoor lighting is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to brighten up your yard. In winter, lights can give your home’s exterior a beautiful festive feel and illuminate the way when daylight hours are much shorter. In summer, outdoor lighting is a lovely addition to your set-up especially when you’re having BBQ dinners and entertaining outside. There are a number of great outdoor lighting ideas to choose from that will create a distinctive mood and brighten up your walkways.

Parameter lighting

If you have a walkway running through your garden, parameter outdoor lighting is great as it naturally leads you and your guests down the path to different areas of your yard. Parameter lighting usually sits at the side of the walkway on the garden beds or on the path, and it’s designed to help you navigate through your yard with ease.

Illuminate features

Outdoor lighting can be used to highlight the beautiful areas of your garden. If your landscape design consists of water features, statues, or pretty flower beds, lights will highlight and draw attention to your yard’s best features.

Hardscape lighting

Add ambiance to your yard with hardscape lighting. Hardscape lighting is usually attached to the walls and helps to add subtle and classy lighting to your garden. The light usually comes from LED tape which is water-resistant and suitable for the outdoors, but it’s recommended that a professional completes the outdoor lighting installation to make sure it’s wired up properly.

Driveway spotlights

Spotlights are a great addition to your driveway to make entry much safer and to add a wow factor to the front of your home. Lighting helps to guide drivers into the driveway to avoid any collisions with obstacles or plant areas. Electrical lighting is much brighter, whereas solar lights are more durable and eco-friendly but deliver a slightly dimmer form of light. Popular driveway lighting includes lampposts, lanterns, and path lights.

Looking for more outdoor lighting ideas? Get in touch with Centuria today!

For more inspiration have a look at our suppliers:
northwest landscape

05 Dec 2016
pool deck deep cove

4 Reasons To Plan Landscaping in Winter

4 Reasons To Plan Landscaping In Winter

 

If you’re starting to think about landscaping work for next year, it’s never too early to begin the planning. In fact, it’s always a good idea to speak to your landscaper a few months before you start work on a project, as this gives you a good amount of time to plan, budget, and finalize the design. Whatever you’re looking to achieve, here are a few reasons to plan landscaping in winter and things you can think about in advance.

Proper budgeting

Planning your landscaping work a few months in advance means that you can organize your finances and budget properly for the work. There’s nothing worse than under budgeting and realizing half-way through a project that you don’t have adequate funds to get the job done properly. Landscaping in winter lets you factor in other costs , such as buying new plants and accessories that will complement the new landscaping work and bring everything together.

Design

The design process isn’t something you want to rush, and it’s important that the style matches the aesthetics of your home. If you’re planning driveway work, speak to your landscaper about the options available to you and what kind of materials will fit the look of your home. If you’re stuck for ideas, visit your neighbours for inspiration or ask your landscaper if they have any recommendations that may suit your home.

Time of year

A little forward planning such as landscaping in winter means that you can schedule your landscaping work at a time of year that suits you. By booking the work in advance, you will have more dates available to you and you can work around prior arrangements such as school holidays or vacations.

Find the right landscaper

Another great reason to plan landscaping in winter is so that you can find the right landscaper for the job. It’s important that you work with a company who understand your needs, your property, and your values. You should also look at their previous work and standard, to make sure that you share the same vision of the final product.

If you’re looking for a landscaping company in Vancouver, get in touch today. We’ll help you create that “wow” factor for your home, and make your idea come to life.

02 Dec 2016
paving stone driveway

How To Choose The Right Driveway

How To Choose The Right Driveway

The driveway provides the entry to your home, and it’s usually the first thing that people see when they enter your property. Choosing the right driveway can feel like a daunting decision, especially when there are so many types of materials and stones out there, so it helps to have a little guidance so you can find something that’s right for you. If you’re toying with the idea of giving your exterior a revamp, here’s how to choose the right driveway and things to help with your decision.

Materials

The first thing to look at is the type of driveway for your home. Generally, there are four main materials: concrete, paving stones, gravel, and asphalt. These are all suitable for a range of budgets and require different levels of maintenance and investment.

Concrete is the easiest to manage and it’s long-lasting, not to mention it’s a nice and clean design. Gravel driveways are relatively inexpensive, and it’s suitable for places that receive a lot of rainfall as it’s a permeable material which means it soaks up some of the water and prevents huge run offs. Asphalt is another popular material, which can be installed fairly quickly and it deals well with freezing temperatures and thaw cycles. Paving stone driveways are also very desirable and are the most visually appealing. The cost for paving stone driveways is typically comparable to concrete. When done properly they can last just as long with minimal maintenance. An added bonus is the ease in which they are repaired if anything unfortunate does happen.

Maintenance

A key thing to look at is how much maintenance is required. Driveways do require a certain level of maintenance to keep everything in good condition, but some require more regular work than others.

Paving stone driveways are quite durable, and even though they take a bit longer than other materials to install, they offer impressive longevity and individual stones can easily be replaced. Gravel driveways, on the other hand, are inexpensive but do involve maintenance as weeds and grass can easily begin to grow over time. Concrete is quite easy to maintain and can last for decades, and asphalt is relatively hard wearing too but does need resealing every few years.

Another thing to consider is aesthetics, as it’s important to choose the right driveway to match the exterior of your home. If you’re looking for a driveway specialist in Vancouver, get in touch today!

For ideas on your driveway have a look at some possible material choices:

Abbotsford Concrete

Burnco

Norhwest Landscape Supply