The existing landscaping was aesthetically unappealing. Besides the aesthetic problems, the landscape also had many functional issues as well.
The lack of drainage was a major concern, with a sizable pond forming after every heavy rainfall. Along the fence line on the north side of the backyard, there was an area designated as an easement and drainage area, however, the drainage line had been mostly removed.
A formal scale landscape concept/planting plan was generated highlighting the client’s specified features and the top three design objectives.
The plan was designed with a strong Northwest theme and Japanese influences.
In this phase, construction began after approval of the finalized plans. Demolition of the existing patio began, as well as relocation, or deletion of overgrown, and unsightly plant material. Hardscape features were installed followed by softscape and lighting components.
In the eyes of the client, as well as the 2005 British Columbia and Landscape Nursery Association (BCLNA) award judges, our goal of creating an overall distinctive impression, and cohesive theme, with a balance of simplicity and elegance had been successfully accomplished.
This project was awarded the 2005 BCLNA Landscape Award of Excellence. A uniquely shaped hand carved stamped concrete patio, with curved pathway was installed. To create a sense of enclosure for the outdoor living space, mortared Brohm planters were constructed, wrapping around the contours of the patio space. Low cascading grasses, and boxwood hedging were added to the planters, to further aid in providing enclosure, but not block the views of the surrounding landscaping.
Also a curved red cedar arbour was added to further define the space. This project was featured in the “BC’s Best Landscapes” article by Steve Whysall in the Vancouver Sun Newspaper on November 25, 2005, and in the Winter 2005 issue of HomeMakeover Magazine, entitled “Award Winning Gardens and Landscape Makeover” in a two page article. Landscape Designers Surrey.