Metal and stainless steel can be wonderful elements in the modern garden due to the strength and beauty of steel as well as the unrivalled flexibility this material offers during fabrication. Steel can be elegant and delicate, sleek and shiny or rough, weathered and robust. Given our harsh climate here in Toronto, a material like steel that holds up well for years and decades even is most welcome.
Some good shots of a few recent projects here in Cabbagetown and Rosedale. We were very fortunate to have been able to work with the very talented team at Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building who designed this beautiful garage facade, perhaps the nicest in the City!
A tired old traditional front porch and house facade were transformed by adding some sleek utility in the form of a new Corten steel retaining wall and steps along with a new porch and cloakroom enclosure.
The house brick was stained a uniform cool grey and the roof, soffit and fascia were all updated withnew Cedar siding and a porch roof warming up the entire front of the home.
We have made lots progress here in Newmarket with this new in-ground pool and new Cabana.
The Cabana was designed and built to match the house addition and all aspects from the windows to the roof line and siding were perfectly coordinated. A new pergola and sunken flagstone terrace will provide a comfortable, private lounge area right next to the new sundeck.
The existing deck was a large park of this compact Rosedale yard, but it required more shade and privacy to be a comfortable lounge space. A modern cedar pergola created a warm, room-like space, and defined the edges of the deck, providing a sense of separation from the adjacent yards.
As you can see in these before and after shots, a narrow deck and railing cut this Hillcrest home off from the existing pool and lounge space. A minimal deck, without a railing, connected the two spaces, while a new cabana cleanly added storage space and concealed the air conditioning unit.