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Are you an owner, summer has just passed and you realize that you haven’t fully taken advantage of your outdoor spaces ?

It’s time to think about your landscaping for next summer!

In addition to being a vector for the immediate improvement  of your quality of life, landscaping is an investment that will add value to your property in the long term.

We offer complete landscape architect services, from planning to execution. Contact our specialists, who will support you in your projects.

Meet a landscape architect

Where to start ? Undertake the landscaping work yourself or call in the professionals? What are the different elements and steps to take into account?

1. Define your objectives in relation to your layout

Depending on your lifestyle and your family situation, your layout needs will be unique.

Think about the practical side of your layout and your lifestyle

During the development phases of a landscaping plan, we often focus on the aesthetic side, forgetting that it is also a living space that must be designed in a practical way .

Ask yourself the right questions :

Do I need a space to cook?

What elements should be close to the house?Do I want to be able to enjoy evenings by the fireplace?

Backyard landscaping with pool and spa

You also have to think about the upkeep of the grounds . Will you maintain it yourself or delegate this task to a professional?

If you decide to take over the maintenance of the grounds, are you equipped for it? Do you have the necessary time and resources  ? These are questions you need to ask yourself before embarking on any landscaping project.

2. Find inspiration to design your ideal backyard

We all have, in our imagination, a Garden of Eden. Whether we saw it during a trip, in a magazine or at a neighbour’s, there is no shortage of sources of inspiration!

. Sites such as Pinterest are very popular when it comes to decoration, interior or exterior design… There are also specialized magazines that provide examples adapted to the country’s climate.

Photo source: Deavita.fr

Even if you have to take into account the budget and the constraints of the land, as we will see later, do not bully yourself from the start! Think big! Imagine a space of your own synonymous with relaxation and beauty.

Make yourself a mood board that brings together all your ideas and inspirations. This table will help you choose your materials and plants or will allow the landscape architect to have a precise idea of ​​the atmosphere you want to create.

The continuity between the inside and the outside should not be overlooked when drawing up the layout plan.

If your house is very contemporary, but you want an English garden with old country fences, there is going to be a concern for visual dissonance.

Landscaping of a courtyard with swimming pool and dining area

In the same way, if the imagined garden is too exotic, it will not be adapted to the architecture or the climatic conditions of Quebec.

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