Urban Retreat

Landscape Ontario Award of Excellence 2016

It is common to encounter clients who have chosen to forego a cottage, and look towards creating a backyard space that lets them pass on the weekend traffic and maximize their time at home. In a rather tight urban yard, this project included a wish list of special features as well as a number of challenges, surrounding noise from and views of neighbouring properties.

10-foot cedars were brought in to border the backyard and help with the sight lines. An elegant water feature provides soothing sounds to block out any unwanted noise. The property also hosts a large four season gunite hot tub, a dining area, an alternate sitting area with a fire pit and an outdoor television screen, a sound system, landscape lighting, irrigation and gardens. Why bother leaving the city?