5 Ways to ‘Shed’ Winter Blues

Though the garden isn’t quite thawed and we’ve yet to see much greenery, the Plantenance team is gearing up for a busy season, and that means starting with a good cleaning of our ‘shed’! If you’re raring to do something about your outdoor escape, why not start with planning something great for your shed or garage?

1. 90% preparation, 10% perspiration

Using the right tool for the job can spare you a lot of frustration when it comes to yard work… That is, unless it’s dull, rusted, or worse, buried under a pile of junk. Treat yourself with a spring cleaning of your storage spaces and save yourself trouble down the line (unless you’re using Plantenance’s landscaping maintenance services, at which point, we’ve got you covered and you can transform your garage into the Batcave of your dreams).

2. Actually, A Batcave

Well, maybe not, but if you’re not using your garage as a storage or parking space, you might want to consider remodelling your shed or garage into a Man Cave or a She Shed. Good insulation for the cold season and that you’ve got a great view through the door will definitely make this the relaxation haven of your dreams.

 

3. Granny Flat or Guest Room

Alternatively, if your garage isn’t in use, but is detached from the house, you can turn it into a granny flat (useful to house everyone, from actual grandmothers to noisy teenagers and out of town guests, or even to rent out short term on AirBnB).

 

4. Curbed Appeal

Chances are, your driveway is in rough shape after the winter time, unless you had it redone recently. If you’re considering adding value to your home, giving it’s curb appeal a facelift, or getting a smoother ride into your home, begin planning your driveway remodel before the snow goes.

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5. Lighten Up!

‘Shed’ some light (last pun, promise) onto your garage or shed with some low-energy consumption LED’s. Not only will lighting really raise up your landscaping game. but it will ensure a secure and well-lit entrance to your home.

 

If you’re looking to enjoy your outdoor escape year-round, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do discuss your garden remodelling plans!

October Gardening Checklist – Chill down the line

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Autumn is now in full swing; the air is crisp, the leaves are showing off their best colours and your yard is getting ready for the first sprinkling of frost.

We’ve compiled your October Gardening Checklist to make sure you have everything you need to get everything ready for Halloween and football season.

October Yard Care Checklist

For a printable PDF, click here!

If you’re looking for someone to remodel or maintain your outdoor space, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do the hard work for you!

Houzz’s To-Dos: Your October Home Checklist

OctoberHere’s Houzz’s complete home maintenance list for these last few weeks of October; if you haven’t started on these yet, make sure you finish them before Halloween!

5 Garden Must-Haves To Transition From Summer To Fall

5 Summer To Fall Garden Must-Haves

Canadians don’t scoff at colder weather; we embrace it! What’s better than the smell of a wood fire with the autumn leaves, or relaxing in an outdoor spa with a glass of mulled wine?

Here are five items to help you enjoy your outdoor escape for longer this year.

1. A Glass-Ceiling Pagoda
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2. Outdoor Movie Night

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3. Custom Outdoor Lights

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4. At-Home Spa Night

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5. S’mores Gallore by the FirePit

summer to autumn 4 (2)We recommend the use of a professionally installed fire pit to ensure your safety and to meet city by-laws.

If you’re looking to enjoy your outdoor escape year-round, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do discuss your garden remodeling plans!

Small Front Yard, Big Curb Appeal

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Homeowners, neighbours and homebuyers… We all judge a book by its cover.  It’s no wonder curb appeal has been ranked among the top rewarding investments in home remodels. If you have a small front yard, all the reason to make the most of it!

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Dry stone walls. A low drystone wall is a durable way to showcase your home, adding substance to the front of your home without hiding it from sight. Plant some high shrubs behind it for privacy, and you won’t have to worry too much about flower beds.

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Source: House@Heart

Let it shine. Don’t forget the outdoor lighting; while this one is often overlooked, your home can still catch potential buyers’ eye after dusk. It’s also a great added security measure for your family.

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Source: Plantenance

Lead the way. A quality path is the cornerstone when it comes to creating curb appeal. Don’t skimp on the pros for this one; a warped stone path can create a tripping hazard, and many headaches down the line.

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Source: Houzz

Add a focal point. Whether it’s a small seating area, a water feature, or a patch of cheery blooms, drawing passersby to your yard with a point of interest will invite them to give the rest of the home an inquisitive look.

It’s not always greener… Grass isn’t always the best way to go, unless you plan  on manicuring your lawn often. A lawn-free front yard can be a good alternative, with tall grasses, shrubs and stonework features giving it low-maintenance visual impact.

If you’re looking for someone to remodel your front yard, check us out at plantenance.com or give us a call at (514) 684-8235 or 1-888-9PLANTE. We’d love to do the hard work for you!

Landscaping – A 150% Return On Investment

A newly released Houzz Survey indicates that up to 50% of U.S. homeowners plan to remodel within the next two years to add value to their homes – and this time, they’re thinking outside the box.

A press release article from  EP Henry cites a study by RealEstate.com, which underlines the fact that landscaping and hardscaping can deliver a return on investment as impressive as 150 percent, making landscaping projects a top priority on the Home Reno To-Do list.

“When I bring a buyer to a home that features state-of-the-art landscaping and elements like a fire pit and high-end pavers, there’s an immediate assumption that the inside of the house will be as spectacular as the outside,” said John Duffy of Duffy Real Estate. “Now we have research that shows that homebuyers will pay a premium for a nicely landscaped property, particularly one that features elements like an outdoor fireplace and finishes in stone or brick.

“The new mantra in home buying is location, location, landscape.”

RealEstate.com goes on to provide some impressive data: for every dollar spent remodelling a yard or outdoor space, homeowners can expect to get back 60 cents to two dollars… A pretty great return, considering they’re not accounting for the hours of relaxation spent outdoors (think of it as saving on spa dates!). On a $500,000 home, that’s up to 14% of the home’s resale value, or close to $75,000.

The most in-demand items when it comes to your backyard oasis?

  • Outdoor fireplaces or fire pits
  • Covered outdoor dining areas and outdoor kitchens
  • Stone veneer sitting walls
  • Patio pavers

Basically, the trend seems to lean heavily towards making the yard an extension to the house; an addition without fewer walls, and no roof. And homeowners are turning towards experts in the field for answers; the Houzz survey indicated that 70% of homeowners hire a landscaper or a landscaper architect – a huge turnaround from the DIY mind-set of the earlier 2000’s.

Contact us today at 1.999.9PLANTE or 1.888.975.2683 to book your project consultation at our Client Centre and discover how the Plantenance team of landscape designers and craftsmen can create your perfect outdoor living space.

28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know About

 

If you see your yard not only as an extension of your home, but also as an escape from the daily grind, here are a few ideas to make the most out of your urban oasis.

Looking forward to the spring? We know you are! At Plantenance, we’ve been planning for it all Winter long, and we’re getting calls requesting information on upcoming projects. Here’s some inspiration and information on how your yard can be better this spring, via Houzz.

Click here for 28 Outdoor Projects Everyone Should Know About >