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2017 Pools, Spas & Patios Magazine

2017 Pools, Spas & Patios Magazine

On news-stands now is the 2017 edition of Pools, Spas & Patios magazine.  This is a Canadian publication with the focus on home pools, spas & patios, which includes landscaping.  I have been privileged to write for them again this year.  Look for my article on page 83 “Trends in backyard landscaping -  The benefits of hiring a pro to achieve the ideal outdoor living space.”   We all work in a digital age now, but there is still something very satisfying in picking up a print publication and going out onto the deck or patio to read.  Thankfully most aspects of landscaping remain analog and magazines don't go 'ding' ! 

 

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

Functional Landscaping Tip #8 A green with envy

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

In terms of ‘bang for your buck’ a putting green is an outstanding investment. All ages can play and a professionally designed and installed green provides a very realistic putting experience. From a design standpoint the green acts in a similar manner to natural lawn areas in that it provides ‘negative space’ for the eye to rest on.

 Functional Landscaping Tip #7 All fired up

Functional Landscaping Tip #7 All fired up

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

Often, we are drawn to things deeply rooted within our psyche. One of these things happens to be fire. Who does not enjoy an evening gathered around an open campfire with the warm glow reflecting off everyone’s faces? It is a place where you and your family can tell stories, share food and drink all while relaxing and unwinding by the fire.

 Functional Landscaping Tip #6 Three-dimensional structures

Functional Landscaping Tip #6 Three-dimensional structures

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

A big part of making your property more usable is creating spaces that draw people out into your backyard. One way to do this is by adding a structure (e.g. pergola) to the space to create a third dimension. Pergolas have an open beam structure, so they do not have a solid roof, but still give a sense of enclosure and provide a measure of shade depending on the design.

Calgary Home & Garden Show 2017

H&G Show 2017 Tips

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VISIT

The Calgary Home & Garden Show 2017 is the premier event for all thing home and garden related. Starting Thursday Mar 2, 2017 and running thru Sunday March 5, 2017.  We’ve been exhibiting at this event since its inception and it’s a great kick off to the season.  Here’s how to maximize your visit:

Functional Landscaping Tip #5 A garden variety

Functional Landscaping Tip #5 A garden variety

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

While on the subject of outdoor kitchens, why not grow some of food in your own backyard garden? This is a perfect family activity, especially for young children who can use a home vegetable garden to learn where food comes from and how much better it can be when you produce it yourself.

Functional Landscaping Tip #2 Who does not love the beach?

Functional Landscaping Tip #2 Who does not love the beach?

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

Although this landscaping feature is more commonly incorporated into a waterfront property, there is no reason to be restricted if you are landlocked. Sand beach areas can be created adjacent to patios or other hardscape areas and can increase the play appeal of these spaces. Your kids will love the fact they can create sandcastles, while other family members may enjoy using the sand as an area to sunbathe. Visually, a beach setting can also serve to remind you of your favourite vacation spot.

Functional Landscaping Tip #1 The backyard pool

Functional Landscaping Tip #1 The backyard pool

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

In today’s busy world, more and more homeowners are looking to get additional value out of their properties and there is no larger investment you can make than in your home. Lately, there has also been a conscious push by families to increase the amount of free time they have together, while also improving their quality of life beyond the reaches of the ubiquitous electronic devices that have become such a big part of our lives.

When it comes to landscaping, one of the most common questions from homeowners during a design consultation, beyond solving the logistical requirements of the site, is “I want some ideas of what I can do with my property to make it more functional for my family.” In response to this popular inquiry, keeping practicality in mind, here are 10 items to consider when planning your backyard landscape.

Functional Landscaping Tip #9 Pull up a chair

Functional Landscaping Tip #9 Pull up a chair

One of ten tips to turn your backyard into a unique space

Furnishing your space can be a very satisfying way to improve the function of your landscape and get your family outside. Wood is still a popular choice with sustainably harvested teak pieces being the best material with respect to low maintenance, while composite wood furniture--in classic designs such as Adirondack chairs--provide the look of bright coloured painted wood without the upkeep.