Some of us know from day one what we are meant to be; others take time finding out. David Kelavey didn’t pursue his passion until he was in his thirties. But since then, the Beaconsfield artist has made up for lost time with a prodigious output.
Everything about this property suggests that the home and garden have occupied their place in the landscape for a long time. And yet … “This is a new house, a guesthouse,” says Mario Arteaga, a landscape architect with Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture in Vancouver.
Brutal. It’s not a word one often associates with a backyard, but landscape architect Myke Hodgins had hit upon the mot juste in this case. At the rear of a neo-Georgian house in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, the yard is in a little urban canyon, surrounded on three sides by multi-storey apartment buildings.
As a managing partner of outdoor furnishings purveyor Casualife, Jill Schwartzentruber has to keep many people’s tastes in mind when selecting stock and advising clients. But for her own recently refurbished backyard in The Beach, Jill got to choose exactly what she wanted.
This home was meant to be. It all began when the homeowner and her husband were looking to build a new house. They had some idea of the spirit they wanted in their new home – openness, warmth, connection with nature – but had to find an architect who could realize their vision.
A common complaint about contemporary domestic design is that it’s too minimalist. This contemporary dwelling of Antonio Tadrissi, principal of Prototype Design Lab, is a lively rebuttal to that perception.
t’s time to think about landscaping. The snow is disappearing, and soon your garden will be revealed in all its . . . dullness?
One way to add interest is through hardscaping. Nowadays, this can be achieved with preformed pavers or slabs that provide form and function, texture and practicality, colour and durability. They’re ideal for just about any outdoor application: large terrace or secluded patio, substantial driveway or winding path, dividing wall or poolside edging.