Cedar Springs Landscape Group:
The Home Resort Specialists
Get Away, Every Day
Plan Your Backyard Resort
Landscapes that make home your favourite destination. No packing, no lineups, no boarding passes, no traffic… just step outside your door! For over 30 years, we have been the home resort specialists for Oakville, Burlington, Mississauga, Ancaster, Hamilton, Aurora, King City, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and the surrounding areas. Our passion is to create outdoor living spaces for you and your loved ones to enjoy for years to come!
The weather is warming up, the birds are singing, and the flowers are beginning to bloom all around us… summer is coming! As we navigate completely new territory heading into the summer months while practicing social distancing, we are all naturally spending more time at home. So, if you have been looking out the window wondering how to transform your outdoor space into a functional, stylish, and beautiful retreat, look no further! Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning your landscape project:
1. Create a ‘Wish List’
A clients’ dream backyard differs based on their priorities, hobbies, interests, and entertainment styles. There are endless opportunities of what a resort-style backyard looks like from person to person, and we want to do our best to ensure that the ‘must-haves’ on your list are met. So, take some time to evaluate whether you would want a pool, a hot tub, or maybe both? Would your teenage kids use a sport court? Do you love to have campfires outside? How big will your typical gatherings be? All of these things should be considered when creating this list. As outlined in the ‘Process’ section of our website, one of the very first meetings we have with our clients is called a ‘Wish List Meeting’, where you will have a chance to speak with a design consultant to discuss your ideas and develop a wish list that works with your property. Due to the variable nature of by-laws, zoning, lot coverage, offsets, conservation, and other city-specific guidelines, we encourage you to be open to additional ideas that may suit your property better from a legal standpoint.
2. Know Your Budget
We want to create a space that includes everything on your wish list, but it is essential that our design consultant know up front what you are comfortable spending on the project. Based on this number, we can recommend and alter our design to ensure you are comfortable with the price. The budget will also assist us when selecting materials, accessories, fixtures, and other essentials for your project. The ‘Pricing’ option available on our website is an excellent tool if you are new to the world of landscaping and are looking to get an idea of what a project could cost.
3. Find Inspiration
If you see a project featured on our website that you love, let us know! The sooner we can understand what you are visualizing for your space, the better we can design an outdoor oasis you will love. In one of your first meetings with our sales team, we utilize our past project photos to help you envision the different options you may have for things like an outdoor kitchen or covered structure. These photos will help us narrow down which styles, finishes, and designs you like best. Alternatively, if you want to trust our extremely talented designers to come up with a concept based on the style of your home, some key elements, and very little instruction… We love to do that too!
During the design stage, our team presents a 2D concept plan along with an estimated build cost for you to review. Once we have heard your thoughts, we want to ensure that you are satisfied with every last detail of the project before construction begins. Some of our clients have a hard time visualizing their project from the 2D concept plan (it can be difficult), so we have the ability to create 3D renderings of your house and the proposed landscape down to the very last detail. We use the 2D detailed concept plan to build an immersive digital 3D model. The 3D renders paint a clear picture of what your landscape will look like once it is completed, and we can take you on a virtual tour of your new resort! Additional design fees apply for this service, but if you are serious about creating your dream backyard and struggle with seeing the outcome of your project… it truly is worth it.
5. Trust us!
We have been in this business a long time and have many years of experience designing and building landscapes. During the planning stage, our designers and sales consultants may suggest different options and we want you to be open-minded to the endless possibilities, and what might work best for your unique property. Once you decide to give us the green light for your project, we want you to sit back and relax. We will introduce you to the project manager in charge of your job and take care of all the details during development and construction. We will keep you informed throughout the duration of the project and are always open to any questions and concerns you may have throughout the process.
Here at Cedar Springs Landscapes, we are so excited to help you create your very own 5-star landscape. Feel free to give us a call at 905-333-6789 or fill out the contact form available on our website and we will get back to you right away!