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September 24, 2013:

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Before Project #213

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After Project #213


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Before Project #214

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After Project #214
This project (#213 - pictured at left) was a blend of old and new pavers. In order to have this be visually appealing I divided the patio up into two areas using an 8" wide row of darker coloured pavers as a curved insert with the old pavers that we had pressure washed on the one side and the new ones on the other. The curved insert also defined a seating area from the rest of the pool patio area.



Here's what is one our clients in Whitby had to say about their project (#214 -  pictured at left) ...

"Hi Scott, just wanted to tell you how happy we are with your work. We have strangers stopping in front and looking at it and commenting about how nice it looks. We have heard words like amazing a few times. Right from the start with your detailed computer aided drawings and throughout the whole process we were more than pleased. Your workers were nothing but polite, even with me staring over their shoulders for long periods of time, mostly out of interest as to how everything was done and not checking up on them. Every day at the end of the workday they went about cleaning everything up. It was a very professional job and we would recommend you to anyone who asks. Again, very nice work Scott, it turned out better than we could ever have hoped. Thanks again, Brian and Cheryl."

Whatever landscape you require, if you want it done right the first time ...

call (905-424-4546) or email University Werks Landscape Construction and a representative will arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your project details.

905-424-4546

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August 03, 2013:

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main patio/steps

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sloped planting area

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 Main patio/retaining wall

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Pergola/circular patio/riverstone
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It's been a while since I last updated this blog - it's been busy! We recently finished this beautiful, complete makeover of a backyard. My client wanted less maintenance, less grass, more usable patio areas and  of a primary concern was the amount of water runoff  from the neighbour's backyard 10 feet higher up to the east that flows down the sloped planting area and collects in his backyard specifically in the spring soaking the backyard and making it unusable for months at a time. I started the design process by retaining the sloped planting area with a 2 foot high block retaining wall across the entire width of the back yard. This not only retained the planting area but reclaimed valuable square footage for the back yard making room for a larger main patio towards the south and a pergola with a circular patio towards the north. The wall also solved the water runoff issue. The best place to deal with runoff is as close to the source as possible. In this case, behind the retaining wall is a buried preforated drainage pipe that collects any water runoff from off the slope and the neighbour's yard immediately at the bottom of the slope and then drains it away to a point down the side yard. The retaining wall drainage system remains "open" year round by utilizing drainage stone behind the wall finished with decorative riverstone on top so that even when the ground is frozen melting runoff can still flow down through the drainage stone and be collected in the perforated drain pipe. To further provide proper drainage at the main level backyard areas we installed a french drain across the entire width of the yard at the lowest point in middle of the yard to collect any surface water runoff and connected it to the other tgile to drain to the side yard. Riverstone was placed over landscape fabric as a ground cover to reduce lawn area and maintenance and to provide an appealing visual "texture" to the landscape and at the same time concealing the french drain.

The first week of this project made best use of heavy equipment as everything excavated had to be moved from the back to the front yard down the 8 foot drop
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Client's Comments
hill alongside the house and likewise all new material moved from front to back yard. Throughout the duration of this project my client continued to be impressed with the crew's progress and undeterring commitment to quality and pace despite having to work in the worst heat wave of the summer!

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Completed Markham project
Before/After Photos
In my previous entry I promised to post photos of  the finished project we were working on at the time in Markham. Please click the before and after photo link for more information on this project. The original landscaping was done decades ago and had become outdated and overgrown. We had completed a project for their neighbour and as a result of the transformation they observed and the neighbour's relating their experience with University Werks they decided to have theirs done too!


We've completed several front yard landscapes between the aforementioned two projects.
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Front yard - Oshawa
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The one at left is in Oshawa for a client that had no existing landscaping. The design complimented a recently added wrap around porch. The introduction of two curved planter walls helped transition between the porch and lawn levels, softened the linear look of the long porch and provided a beautiful raised garden area for planting accent shrubs. The driveway was bordered on both sides with a 12" wide soldier course of pavers and a widened walkway area created (where one would exit a vehicle) in front of a landing leading to the front door. My client has reported that three people have knocked on their door offering to purchase their property just since the landscaping was done!


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Front steps - Whitby
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The photo to the right is a front walk and step redesign and replacement. The client moved in to the house recently and did not like the existing step design. She felt it too "square" with each tread extending too far leaving a small piece of grass and no walkway leading from the town sidewalk. The new design keeps the treads closer to the front porch allowing room for a gentle sweeping curve to the walkway from the town sidewalk. We also had to excavate and dispose of the existing base as whoever constructed it did not provide an adequate nor proper type of aggregate. We installed a compacted 8" limestone screening base beneath the walkway and first step blocks and then continued to backfill inside the steps with nothing but 3/8" clear limestone. This allows no moisture to be trapped providing a completely dry and therefore frost free volume inside the confines of the steps which protects the construct from frost damage.

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Front yard - Whitby
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This front landscape (pictured at left) is in Whitby. The front yard design focused on the use of natural stone for the steps and planter retaining wall. The property had no prior front landscaping. Other features are pavers covering the front concrete porch with a veneer  of block facing the front of the porch, a lighted pillar, front walkway and double soldier coursing on the sides of the driveway.

In addition to new designs/constructs we continue to receive many requests to renovate/repair existing constructs. Sometimes it's repairing another company's poor quality original install or sometimes it's renovating an old construct, rebuilding it using our superior and proven construction techniques, giving it new life by releveling, pressure washing, removing plant growth/weeds, rebuilding sunken or tilting steps/ retaining walls etc.


No matter how challenging or what scale of landscape you require, if you want it done right the first time ...

call (905-424-4546) or email University Werks Landscape Construction and a representative will arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your project details.

905-424-4546

uniwerks@uniwerks.ca
 

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June 13, 2013:

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Before renovation
We just completed this renovation in Whitby showing what a difference it makes when we rejuvenate  interlock and steps. This job involved the process of first pressure washing then lifting the interlock, releveling and compacting the base, relaying and compacting the interlock and finally sweeping polymeric sand into the interlock joints. The polymeric sand we use is excellent and is much improved over what was previously available. Once cured it sets up hard like grout in tile or mortar in your house brick. This virtually seals up the joint and 1) deters weed and grass growth 2) keeps water from getting into the joint, freezing, thawing and expanding the interlock and 3) it helps keep ants out although they can be very determined.
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After renovation
We also removed, releveled and reinstalled the step block and cap. It's very important that when steps are redone that the existing aggregate (usually limestone screenings or sand and I have even seen soil used!) behind the steps and/or inside of the step area is excavated, disposed of and replaced with a drainage type aggregate like 3/8" clear limestone. That way there is no type of base material behind or inside the step area that can retain moisture which will freeze in winter and when it thaws it will expand outwards tilting the step block and cap outwards allowing the interlock in the treads to sink.

With over 30 years experience designing and constructing new installations and renovating old ones other companies have failed to build correctly you can feel confident your project or renovation when completed by University Werks Landscape Construction will withstand the test of time.


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We are currently working on a project in Markham where it was time for an older, outdated landscape to receive a new look. We started by removing everything but the lawn across the front of the house - 40 year old shrubs, old interlock, pressure treated timbers, a concrete porch slab.
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Before
We then excavated all areas where the new design would be constructed hauling the soils away and returning with the base aggregate for beneath the interlock, armourstones and bottom course of retaining wall blocks. An 8" compacted
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During
base of limestone screenings was graded in place, watered down and compacted. The planter retaining wall has been constructed as well as the block and cap for the step surround, the armourstone boulders are in place and the triple mix soil dumped in the gardens. Tomorrow we're ready to put a final grade on the base and lay the interlock.

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I will update when we're  done so check back soon







For unique and beautiful landscape designs and only top quality installation ...

call (905-424-4546) or email University Werks Landscape Construction and a representative will arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your space usage requirements utilizing a variety of construction material options from interlock pavers to natural stone and wood. Then, based on your needs and our 30+ years of design experience, we'll custom design and then build your outdoor living space so you can enjoy!

905-424-4546

uniwerks@uniwerks.ca
 

For more before and after photos of finished projects please visit the respective photo galleries...
 

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June 06 , 2013:

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Happy customer email

We get letters, lots of letters! (see the Cutomer Feedback page for more). From very happy customers, like the one who emailed us the compliments you see to the left,  who wanted to share with you their satisfaction with our company and our crew on a very recent project.

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Front walkway,  steps
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The project is pictured at right and is located at 63 Eldridge Place, Whitby. It  features a circular planter wrapping around the end of the porch, a set of Designwall Lite block steps and a semi-circular small patio next to the driveway. The product colour is Colonial Buff in the tumbled finish utilizing the Inversa Series, 3 size combination of pavers purchased direct from the manufacturer, Armtec/Brooklin Concrete, in Brooklin  Ontario.

I updated the photo gallery today June 06, 2013 with a few projects we just completed so go have a look. I have been really busy since the start
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Drawing - Planview
of the season keeping up with the designing and pricing work as there have been so many people call to book a site visitation I hardly find time to get back to my desk to draw up the planviews and calculate quotes for them! But thankyou to everyone for your patience.





If you want only the best ...

call (905-424-4546) or email University Werks Landscape Construction and a representative will arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your space usage requirements utilizing a variety of construction material options from interlock pavers to natural stone and wood. Then, based on your needs and our 30+ years of design experience, we'll custom design and then build your outdoor living space so you can enjoy!

905-424-4546

uniwerks@uniwerks.ca
 

For more before and after photos of finished projects please visit the respective photo galleries...
 

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March 12, 2013:

I will just do a brief re-cap of the projects from the last part of the 2012 season since my last blog entry back in August 2012. We had a very cool collection of varied and interesting designs for these projects. (Click any small photo for a larger one).

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Project #187 info
 Project #187 involved stripping the entire front and side yards expanding the side of the driveway, "bookending" the front step with natural Armour Stone boulders,  new sod, natural Armour Stone boulders as a back drop to a front corner shrub bed and a flagstone walkway set in gravel.

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Project #182 info
#182 featured a new product from Armtec/Brooklin Concrete called Peninsula Slabs which are a decorative 3 sized slab system giving the look of natural flagstone. Also featured in this design were the use of larger Armour Stone for garden retaining and accent pieces.

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Project #185 info
#185 was a makeover of a front entrance replacing existing 25 year old landscaping. Large trees and shrubs that had overgrown their purpose as accents and foundation plantings were removed, the entire front lawn was stripped, regraded and new sod laid. The front entrance was completely redesigned and new interlock pavers laid and steps constructed.

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Project #176 info
#176 is one of my favourites of 2012. This is one of those projects where designing was a pleasure as the customer allowed me a free hand! This project shows how the flexible, flowing lines of an inventive interlock design have a far more pleasing visual impact than traditional asphalt with straight sides. The curved and expanded sides of the driveway areas give a warm an inviting feel to the property. Natural Armour Stone rock accents compliment and bookend the retaining wall while  softening and blending in the surrounding gardens.

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Project #175 info
#175 This was another great job to design as the client allowed me full creative control. The before photo (click) shows how challenging the frontal elevation was - a narrow protruding porch with a fair height from the driveway to the porch level. Sweeping a planter wall around to the right provides width to the front. Really love the pillar at the end of the steps as it anchors the project and allows the steps and wall to merge. Everyone appreciates the widening of the driveway for ease of access to vehicles.

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Project #174 info
#174 is a prefect example of a large back yard Pergola and best use of the Ledgerock series slabs with contrasting interlock soldier coursing. Our goal was to be budget conscious while providing an aesthetic appeal. The border around the perimeter of the back yard is unique and helps in maintaning the lawn.
 
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Project #174 info
This is the front of yard project  #174 showing the standard finish Inversa series pavers with an insert row of pavers in a contrasting darker colour to hi-light the elegant rectangular design.

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Project #169 info
#169 features a unique stair alignment creating a visual distraction from the frustratingly tall concrete staircase.  It is functional as well leading the user to the driveway or to the front lawn. Again there is the curved widening to the side of the driveway for ease of vehicle access .

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Project #180 info
#180 was designed, presented to the client, contracted and deposit paid entirely over the internet without ever meeting until the job was completed. It is a visually attractive yet simple solution to distinguish one townhouse entrance from the next.

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Project #177 info
#177 has such a welcoming and relaxing feel to it one is invited to sit down and stay with a cool beverage in hand listening to your favourite mood music waft through the hot summer air. Simple steps to the patio door do not detract from the patio's presence.


Call (905-424-4546) or email University Werks Landscape Construction and a representative will arrange a time to meet with you to discuss your space usage requirements utilizing a variety of construction material options from interlock pavers to natural stone and wood. Then, based on your needs and our 30+ years of design experience, we'll custom design and then build your outdoor living space so you can enjoy!

 

905-424-4546

uniwerks@uniwerks.ca
 

For more before and after photos of finished projects please visit the respective photo galleries...
 

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