You’ve finally decided it’s time to revamp your back yard, front yard or maybe even both. Maybe you’re thinking of adding a pool or you have an old pool that is in need of an upgrade? Whether you are interested in completely redesigning your landscape or simply making a few changes there are some important factors to consider before you start your project. Meeting with a professional landscape designer, pool designer or landscape architect is the best place to start. Here are 5 things that you should know before you go into that meeting that will help the designers design your dream environment!
Who Will Be Using It
Start by thinking about who might be using the space that you’re designing. Do you have young children or is it primarily an adult retreat/oasis? Are there pets to consider when planting/designing? Creating a list of all family members, their ages, and the outdoor hobbies they may have can be extremely helpful to your designer when planning your new landscape.
What They’ll Be Doing
What activities will the space be designed for? Will you be using the space for cooking, relaxing, reading, or gardening? Perhaps you plan to entertain large groups of friends and family or are you more focused on recreational experiences such as swimming, basketball or games of touch football? How you plan to use the space outside your home is an important factor to consider.
When our clients have young children, we always look to conserve some of the grass area for play space. As fencing around a pool is a provincial requirement, we try to ensure kids have access to the play area of the yard without having to first access the pool area. As well, when designing a pool, creating a “beach” is often a fun upgrade with younger children!
Mother nature may have just graced us with a huge helping of winter weather, but spring IS just around the corner – we promise! With renewed enthusiasm for the outdoors, Montreal’s homeowners are embracing thoughtful design, stylish plantings and smart technology to enhance their landscapes as extensions of their homes. As you start planning your landscaping projects for the warmer days ahead, take a peek at some of the top trends in landscape design for 2017 and get inspired!
Bringing Hygge Outside
Homeowners have become more interested in holistic landscapes that promote well-being. The Danish concept of coziness (Hygge) has recently become very popular in interior design and this year, you’ll be seeing more and more of it incorporated into backyard landscape designs. Spaces accentuated with outdoor fireplaces, quaint patios, and cozy gathering places are all going to be sought-after this year pictured above.
Design it Green!
“Greenery” was selected by Pantone, a leading provider of color systems, as its Color of the Year for 2017. Instead of going the conventional route of colourful flowers, using different textures and shades of greenery, such as a formal hedge of green velvet boxwood, a border of green lilyturf and dense ivy-covered trellises, can create quite the impact.
Mixing of Materials
More landscapes in 2017 will feature an integration of several forms of materials. From pebble paths leading to paving stone patios, to wooden decks adorned with iron gates, stylish pairings of different hardscapes can create an elegant approach to landscaping. Some of the most popular exotic woods are Ipe, Teak and Red Cedar. Take a look at this Ipe designed pool area (pictured above)! This is a wood that can be oiled for a rich array of brown shades or it can be left to grey out, which requires almost no maintenance and has a more organic aesthetic/texture.
Full Outdoor kitchens
Hosting a summer party is so much easier when you simply bring the kitchen outside! It can be be cumbersome to carry food from the house to the patio, especially when entertaining a larger group of guests. For this reason, more homeowners are loving the latest high-tech outdoor kitchens and the conveniences they provide. Grills, ovens, sinks, fridges and more! Well beyond the basic BBQ stations and dining sets, they can also be equipped with the latest technology, such as next generation outdoor sound systems with in ground sub-woofers, mobile app-controlled LED lighting and ovens integrated with Wi-Fi.
Pollinator Attracting Plants
Did you know that bees pollinate up to a 5km radius of their hive and that consuming honey from the bees that pollinate in your neighbourhood can provide you with a resistance to seasonal pollen allergies? Without bees, global fruit, vegetable, and nut crops would yield about half of their current amounts while some food species (such as almonds) would not exist at all. There couldn’t be a more perfect time to do your part for the ecosystem and incorporate plantings into your landscape design that will attract pollinators! Bees are most attracted to purple, yellow and blue flowers. Lavender is a lovely choice, both for pollinators and property owners, alike. At Groupe Paramount, we are taking it a step further by adding a bee hive to the mix. The lovely people at Alveole have supplied us with our hive and are teaching us the ins and outs of maintaining it. We’ll soon be adding 10,000 new employees to our team!
With the summer in full swing, everyone’s minds have wandered to their upcoming vacations. There are lots of reasons that you might not be able to get away this summer; because of time conflicts, the whole family not being off at the same time, and a ton more. However, a Staycation is something to be celebrated! It’s a chance to enjoy our beautiful city and a chance to enjoy what’s literally in your own backyard.
First impressions are important, and as far as your house goes, your driveway and the entrance to your house are the first things your guests see upon arrival. A beautiful, modern and well-crafted driveway not only raises the exterior look of your house, but it creates the warmest welcome. When selling a house, the value you can get greatly relies on curb appeal. Everything from the curb to the front door is of utmost importance in setting the tone of what is inside.
Whether it be to feel at peace every time you drive home, to impress your guests, or to raise the value of your property, your driveway and walkway are the first things you see. Your neighbours will thank you; as increasing the exterior beauty of your house raises the value of the entire street and neighbourhood. There are tons of options to choose from: a trim made of pavers, a fresh asphalt driveway, a paver clad driveway, a stone walkway…. And so much more. Make a good impression!
Groupe Paramount will help you update your driveway and walkway to fit your needs and budget.
Spring is a time of transformations, and at Groupe Paramount, we want to make all of your backyard dreams come true. Whether you have just bought a new house, or want to take your current outdoor areas to the next level of design, let us help youTRANSFORM your home to be the home of your dreams. The right landscaping can totally change the look and feel of your home. It not only adds an amazing amount of curb appeal, but it can turn your backyard into your very own oasis.
These before and after pictures of a backyard transformation demonstrate what a life changing difference our experienced designers and skilled workmanship can have on your most prized possession: your house.
Our project managers will work with you to find out what your needs are and will work within your budget to get you the backyard you want. Our designers are experts in their field, and will provide you with detailed plans and 3D designs, so that you will see exactly what your space will look like before the work even starts. Then our unparalleled staff will turn your plans into reality. Before you know it, you will be living in your very own new paradise. Call Groupe Paramount today, and let the spring transformation begin!
April weather can be fickle in Montreal but as summer approaches, one thing is for sure, Montrealers can’t wait to start eating outdoors again. Year after year, as soon as the weather gets nice, Montrealers flock to outdoor terraces to enjoy drinks, lunches and dinner. There is nothing better than eating outside after a long winter of being indoors. But you don’t have to travel far to get to these outdoor escapes, you can create your very own beautiful outdoor dining area right at home. This beautiful low maintenance backyard dining area was designed by one of our landscape architects and masterfully executed by one of our project managers. Artificial grass was used to inlay the Techo Bloc paver stones, adding a beautiful contrast of soft and hard materials. The highly stylized and geometric design will not only give your guests an unbelievable backdrop to their time outside, but will become the centerpiece to your very own outdoor retreat.
This Cartierville, QC client contacted Groupe Paramount to realize their backyard dream! Lee Gregory, one of our project managers oversaw this turnkey project. The clients’ vision, along with Lee’s expertise, allowed a backyard dream to become a backyard reality! Lee took care of acquiring a city permit, choosing the stone and materials, and made sure the clients were well informed throughout the process.
This vinyl pool was capped with a Giga Slab from Transpavé, the capping stones were symetrically lined up with the rest of the pavers on the terrace to give it a seamless look. The oversized planter is impressive with the beautiful plantings and cascading curtain waterfall. It was built using Citi Walls from Transpave.
Now that this client’s vision has come full circle, they are free to enjoy some poolside drinks in their modern designed backyard!
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This charming backyard in Dollard-des-Ormeaux boasts an elevated patio where friends, family and Lola can get a great view of the pool area while enjoying dinner and sipping a glass of wine. The fire pit area is a few steps down from the raised patio, this area is used to cozy up on a brisk night by the fire.
The clients chose the Rock Garden Brown colour Aberdeen Slab from Techo-Bloc. The pool was beautifully capped with St-Marc limestone, and the planters and bench were built using Prague Walls from Transpave.
This project is just one example of how Paramount can transform a small space to get the most effective use out of it. We do all the work ourselves, we have many crews of skilled employees to be able to take on ANY turnkey project.
So whether you like to dip in the pool, lay in the sun or curl up by the fire, Lola’s backyard can inspire a great design for your outdoor project!