THE 7 ESSENTIAL BENEFITS OF INTERLOCKING PAVERS & WALLSTONES

Precast interlocking paving stones and Wallstones have been the choice for hardscape surfaces for hundreds of years. Most exterior investments around our homes involved the comparison of precast pavings systems, vs concrete or often asphalt options. For those within the industry the benefits are easy to understand, yet sharing this information for those who are not experienced with the product options, yet are dishing out the funds is crucial!

Considering our local climate and seasons is the most important factor in this discussion. Canadian winters are famous for the aggressive weather conditions and shifting of the earth and structures as they expand and contract in varying months of the year. Here in Southern Ontario, we experience the same long and cold winter months, and wet springs, which cause a lot of movement in the earth and our landscapes. Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, and our surrounding area is not different. We have wonderful landscapes, and they generally come with a handsome investment, which should therefore be protected at all costs, so we see a return of value and enjoyment.

Whether you’re looking to install a new driveway, walkway, patio, or front porch area, the benefits and values of all paving or hardscape options are consistent.  Lets get right into the benefits and and facts regarding interlocking paving options, while comparing them to other hardscape options;

BENEFITS OF PRECAST INTERLOCKING PAVERS AND WALLSTONE PRODUCTS:

1) Permeable

When rain lands on an impermeable surface, like concrete or asphalt, it runs off and is diverted through curbs, culverts and storm drains. It not only carries with it oil, grease and other harmful chemicals, but can also cause flooding due to overloaded storm systems. Not the ideal solution.

Interlocking brick pavers, on the other hand, are the ecological choice when it comes to storm water runoff. According to the ICPI, they’re proven to reduce runoff by up to 100%.

Pavers are a permeable surface that allows water to naturally infiltrate into the ground. Plus, they effectively trap suspended solids, process nutrients and oils and immobilize heavy metals.

2) Strength & Precision

Unlike concrete or asphalt, paving stones are manufactured in a specially designed, carefully controlled environment. Each stone is of consistent strength and quality, and installation is not affected by time or temperature. This reduces the amount of time and energy spent on dealing with material failure, especially when compared to site-formed pavements and concretes.

Fine granite aggregates create superior density compared to the sub-grade course limestone used in competing products. Results in a finished product with much higher density, lower absorption and incredible structural integrity for quality that lasts a lifetime. Natural beauty reproduced in our own modern concrete products to offer you beauty that is precise, colour tones that are stable and pieces that are dimensionally consistent for superior installation.

3) Cost 

Interlocking paving systems are generally 10-15% more expensive then groomed finish or smooth poured concrete, yet very comparable to more popular concrete stamped finishes. Interlocking is normally a bit less expensive then exposed aggregate concrete surfaces. 

However, regardless of upfront cost, the long-term financial benefits are obvious. With less maintenance cost as written below in more detail, and cheaper replacement or fixture costs, Precast options are the better long-term investment. Less sealers, cleaners, washing, and time is therefore needed for interlocking areas vs concrete. Most importantly, interlocking pavers or wallstone will not crack – yet concrete or asphalt will. Eventually in our climate, cracks will occur. This means that to replace the visual damage, the entire slab or surface will need to be replaced. Yet with interlocking or wallstone products, just the localized damaged area can be picked up and relayed. In a wallstone application, just take apart the wall, and reassemble it with new adhesives etc.

4) Low Maintenance 

Precast Interlocking brick pavers & wallstone are very low in maintenance. They require less energy and resources over their life cycle then concrete or asphalt.

Plus, if a brick is damaged or stained by oil or any other chemical or natural occurrence, there’s no need to redo the entire surface area. All you have to do is replace the stained brick or immediate damaged area. It’s quick, easy and conserves the use of raw materials. In other words, it’s an environmentally sound repair.

5) Reduce Albedo

Conventional pavements, including concrete and asphalt, can get incredibly hot during the summertime. All of the heat is absorbed during the day and slowly released during the night, creating urban heat islands or concentrated areas. And when you combine that with storm water runoff, you’re left with abnormally warm water temperatures and impaired water quality.

Interlocking brick pavers can be made in light colours to increase surface reflection, thereby reducing ambient temperatures. In addition, light-coloured pavers can reduce also the need for nighttime lighting as they naturally reflect better and are more visible in the dark, thereby conserving electricity, or at minimum increasing safety.

6) Safety

Pavers are very safe pavement material for outdoor applications. When the top surface of paver is oily due to the passing of vehicle over them, it is very safe to walk and drive a vehicle over them.

It is also safe when the top surface of the interlocking paver block is wet or in monsoon season, there is no problem for walking or no tension of slipping over them.

Interlocking pavers are slip resistant and skid resistant.

7) Design & Style

We left this one for last, as it requires some attention, detail, and full explanation so that your outcome is inspirational and drawing!

Present your character and personal preferences in your hardscape surface. Do so by digging into the vast array of interlocking paving & wallstone options in the market. While concrete offers some colour options and a few finishes, and asphalt a standard charcoal colour only, precast pavers are available in multiple colours, textures, sizes, and shapes. The variety of pavers available make it easy to match other local materials on your home or surrounding elements, create continuity on your property, and showcase creativity and styles. Play with patterns and multiple interlocking stones to create your overall masterpiece!

There’s nothing in the world that compares with the beauty of the great outdoors, but with a bit of imagination and some earthy inspiration, you can kindle a spark of that one-of-a-kind grandeur right in your own backyard. When paying homage to nature’s finest elements, texture is king. Rough-hewn finishes convey a raw beauty that’s complemented by sculpted stones and remarkably wood lookalike textures. An earth-toned palette feels warm, welcoming and timeless, and gives the collection of textures free reign to run a little wild.

Here are the 4 design styles that are trending now:

RUSTIC

Nothing embodies rustic like the raw texture of wood. Our  Borealis concrete patio stone pushes the envelope on traditional landscapes by capturing the look & feel of real wood without the inevitable rotting effect. Building kitchen features like open-air grill islands, counters and pizza ovens with textured wall blocks that build better than natural stone, lets you entertain family and friends all summer long, for years to come. Nestling an outdoor kitchen amid greenery creates the ultimate rustic outdoor setting.

Hang a welcome sign of a different kind with a standout paving treatment that adds value to your home. Doing so will create a warm welcome, add a touch of rustic charm to your front path and boost curb appeal. Wood’s good but with maintenance-free Borealis slab you can bet on a wood-like look that stands the test of time.  

Summers may be short but the days are long. Extend them even further and by building  a magical, multi-season outdoor living space for entertaining at its best. Be sure to include plenty of lounge seating with comfy couches and an oversized, stone fireplace for a stunning focal point. Add soft lighting and a natural, wood privacy wall for the ultimate cozy setting.

Sharing the warm beauty of dining outdoors among friends and family is best served with a side of nature’s more neutral tones. Think soft and muted-coloured stones that emulate the great outdoors and are evocative of Mother Nature’s earthiest masterpieces. Create cozy, one-of-a-kind summer nights spent dining alfresco with family nestled in rustic charm.

After a spectacular summer’s day, there’s something so magical about cozying up outdoors with loved ones around an open fire. Paired with plenty of stunning stone and Adirondack-style seating, the stage is set for a night of storytelling and S’mores.

Create an outdoor playground that embraces a flow and functionality that invites relaxed entertaining without compromising that wow-factor.  Warm and welcoming with just a touch of sleek edginess has never looked this good. The key to modern, rustic charm is in the details; smooth, uncluttered textures, light and natural colour palettes and plenty of gorgeous elements to enjoy your exterior space.

MODERN

If clutter free visual bliss is calling you, we’ve got you covered. Contemporary outdoor living takes a controlled and minimalistic approach with clean lines, smooth poolside surfaces and a monochromatic palette. Loungey, chic and sophisticated, the uncluttered, expansive space makes room for all the right vibes. It’s pretty simple, really; really simple is pretty. Minimalists would agree, clutter-free visual bliss is what they strive for with clean lines, subdued coloUrs and just the right contrasts in all the right places, making these kinds of landscapes an almost soulful experience. Sense how monochromatic tones calm the mind, and contrasts stir up a little something in the soul? Reach out and touch me smooth textures ground us in the knowledge that sleek and simple can still spark the senses, while fluid lines and balanced forms leave negative spaces positively glowing.

Outdoor living at its most, modern and sleek best. To go big or to go long; why choose? Both capture a modern, clean look. Whether you desire oversized slabs or lean, linear pavers paired with barely their seams, you’ll create visual interest. Keeping it uncluttered lets you create a breathtaking backyard outfitted with pristine and polished features like water walls, and sleek fire pits for stunning focal points.

Ready to get creative with your outdoor world? Our varied range of retaining wall options inspires you to reach for the sky. Build raised patios, integrated outdoor staircases and levels of planter walls also building visual interest. For a more modern take, go for a three-dimensional Graphix stone wall by Techo-Bloc to keep both your eye and your inspiration on the move. You can be sure the compliments will start stacking up in no time.

When it comes to outdoor living, you favour a sleek, polished look. Feature oversized, ultra-smooth pavers as your backyard centrefold. Just when everything starts to feel a little square and one-dimensional, bring it full circle with contrasting and coloured river rocks, giving every area it crosses its very own sense of purpose.

Ready to trade in a traditional country outdoor fire pit for a sleek and edgy experience? Dare to go square with clean, contemporary lines and contrasting colours. The modern host knows no bounds when it comes to mixing ultra-modern features like luxe seating, structured shrubbery and understated elegance for modern-day entertaining.

Seeking inspiration for your own swanky rooftop patio? Rooftop wows are now even more impressive when traditional wood is substituted for a concrete version that’s a little more savvy. The Borealis outdoor slab collection has all the beauty and charm of wood, in a durable warp-free concrete patio stone. Create a contemporary, modern look that is on-trend and does not compromise the outdoor, fresh-airy feeling.

TRADITIONAL

The grandeur and allure of an traditional backyard is not lost on you; find out how to create your own version of a classic and polished outdoor living space. Walkways, patios and pools are paved with an effortless elegance, and surrounded by natural beauty.

Timeless beauty at its best. At the heart of it all, traditionalism is about embracing an orderly and classic sensibility. It’s about honouring the past without compromising comfort, warmth, and, yes, style. Conservative colour choices, subdued textures and staple backyard style ensure your great outdoors will stand the test of time.

Beige doesn’t have to be so beige! It’s plain to see how easy it can be to embrace the beauty of beige. Treated with a keen eye and a wink towards tasteful accessorizing, off-white clearly feels anything but vanilla. It’s the sublimely neutral canvas that gives the décor connoisseurs carte blanche to introduce, edit and change every other accessory and furnishing, should the mood strike. Go ahead and get a little creative with accentuating features – with dreamy cream as your base, you’ll never feel weighed down.

When dreams for your own outdoor getaway outsize the size of your backyard, don’t despair; it is possible to turn your patio into the perfect place for living large. Using smaller cobblestone-like pavers amongst larger stone slabs will give patios the illusion of space and help create distinct functionalities. Creatively choose features scaled to size, such as a garden fountain as a water-feature and a curtained pergola for added privacy to nestle in all summer long.

The English Garden creates the ideal balance between carefree greenery and stately traditionalism. It’s all about creating formal spaces that are also fully functional. Using stones that mimic the veining of natural slate alongside blooming flower beds brings to life the quintessential elegant and classic landscape.

Set the scene for outdoor dining all season long and get the most out of your backyard. Multi-level living areas that combine an upper cooking space with lower-level lounging create the perfect setting for relaxed outdoor dining. Nestling the open-air kitchen area close to the house is an ideal location for ease of use and ensures you don’t miss a moment with your guests.  

Extend the summer months by giving your guests something warm and cozy to gather around. A classic round fireplace transcends time and remains forever a staple focal point for creating a traditional and elegant outdoor entertainment area. Sit pretty with friends and family with ample seating and soft cushions flanked around a classic and circular stone fireplace.  

EXOTIC & ECLECTIC

Set the stage for a perfect summer escape right in your own backyard. An eclectic & exotic-themed outdoor living space share the same style secret: the desire to escape.

If you’re going to go bold, go all the way. It’s called maximalism and the motto is, “more is more”. High-contrast shades and shapes satisfy a penchant for audacity and an eye for the adorned. Checkerboard-style layouts act as flashy foundations that invite polished, smooth and chiselled textures to meet and mingle at the black-tie-optional party. Or perhaps your thoughts lean more towards salty oceans and sandy beaches? Surround yourself amongst beach-sand textures and soft, natural shades. Whether your dream getaway is in the south of France or a desert island, your backyard reality awaits you.

Nothing conjures up a perfect tropical patio quite like turquoise water, vibrant flora and striking stones inspired straight out of ancient South American landscapes. Tropical greenery provides the perfect shade to lounge alongside a sun-drenched pool, completing that cool, island vibe. Margaritas optional.

Turn your summer vacation into a staycation and create your own coastal right-in-your-own backyard getaway. Hang tight and hang out in your own cool and coastal sanctuary, complete with ocean-inspired slabs, designed to be slip-resistant and kinder to the feet under the hot summer rays. Set up some nautical-themed lounge seating so you can soak up the sunsets.

Warm up your outdoor space and bask in desert and dune-inspired outdoor décor. Weave southern elements into the landscape; rock garden browns and sun-bleached greys as outdoor flooring blend beautifully into rich, sunset hues. Don’t let a small space deter you from creating your own, private R&R retreat; pretty it up with stunning succulents, wicker seating and vibrant wall features.

You start your day with a steamy cappuccino, and end it gathered around the dinner table, family-style. You surround yourself with textures, patterns and contrasts inspired from European style villas. The charm of cobblestones brings you one step closer to  the Mediterranean aesthetic you crave. Go bold or go home with this modern take on a classic cobblestone.

Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages. Turn a small backyard into the chicest little courtyard. Keep it intimate with an eye-catching privacy wall for visual interest, stunning water features and gorgeous, lush flower beds. Add a sophisticated bistro set for the ultimate reading corner on intimate outdoor dining area.

SOME FINAL NOTES

Interlocking Paving Stone & Wallstone Checklist:

Now that we are reviewed the benefits of interlocking products vs other hardscape surfaces, lets ensure you are ready for the entirety of a project. Like any interior or exterior home or office renovation, there are many additional items and accessories required for a proper, professional installation. Our goal is to ensure that you purchase the correct materials, and the highest qualities materials that exist in the landscape industry. This assures a quality driven project, with long lasting results, and eliminates the opportunity for error. Below, we have highlighted the materials that should accompany your interlocking purchase:

  1. Delivery – of all of your material to prevent complication
  2. Geotextile / filter cloth / landscape fabric – to canvas or wrap the excavated area
  3. A-Gravel – for a minim um 8” compacted sub-base under the bedding layer
  4. #2 Sand or HBP – for the or bedding layer directly under the paver
  5. Adhesive – for any application where the pavers or wallstones must be glued together
  6. Edge Restraint – an edge restraint that support the outside of the pavers 
  7. Spikes – 10” non-galvanized spikes for the edge restraint
  8. Polymeric Stabilizer Sand – a bonding sweeping sand to fill the joints of the pavers
  9. Sealer – that is best suited for your stone and aesthetic preference

Delivery

we of course have a fleet of unique trucks and equipment that allow us to delivery product anywhere in southern ontario, and on a regular basis. Our delivery zone focuses on the following markets, yet is not limited to:

•Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, Elmira, St. Jacobs, Hawksville, Conestogo, Listowel, Elora, Fergus, Arthur, Erin, New Hamburg, Baden, Wellesley, Plattsville, Ayr, Ariss, Maryhill, Rockwood, Aberfoyle, Puslinch, Belwood, Stratford, St. Marys, Mitchel, New Dundee, Mannheim, Morriston, Hespler, Preston, Haysville, St. Agatha, Petersburg, St. Clements, Heidelberg, Linwood, Flordale, Bloomingdale, Roseville, Winterbourne, West Montrose, Edin Mills, Halton Hills, Acton, Georgetown

•For the most part, our delivery system travels all of Wellington, Brant, Woolwich, Waterloo, Wilmot County, Brampton, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Toronto, and the entire GTA

Our Collection – What We Carry And Promote

We carry only the industries best as we aim to participate in leading outcomes and professional results. Our product line consists of the following Brands & their products:

Best Way Stone 

adelaide, agora, aquapave, ardesia, avari, basketweave, bellagio, bellagio antico, corso, flagstone, galleria, manhattan, moderna, pathway, richmond, standard, double standard, standard press, strada, strada antico, tresca, trevista, trevista smooth, villa, antico stacker, belvedere, garden lock, hazleton, palladio antico, parkwall, parkway antico, parkwall smooth, ridgewall, soho wall

Techo-Bloc

agerdeen, antika, aquastorm, blu 45, blu 60, blu 80 (smooth, slate, granitex, polished, HD, galaxy), borealis, borealis stepping stone, diamond, dunes slab, eva, flagstone, hera, inca, industria, inflo, linea, maya slab, mezzo slab, mika, mista, mista grande, monticello, ocean paver, para slab, pure, san marino, sleek, squadra, travertina, travertino raw paver, tux, valet, venetian series, victorian, villagio, baltimore, borealis wall, brandon, escala, g-force, graphix, manchester, mini creta architectural 3” & 6,” mini creta pillar, precott, prescott pillar, raffinato, raffinato pillar, rocka wall, samma polished & split face, skyscraper, travertina wall

Brooklin

banff, barnboard, inversa, lakeridge, peninsula slab, quarry stone, remington, santa fe, tree stump, winchester,  landmark, manor wall, quickwall

Unilock

metro slab, brussels block, windermere, windermere smooth, europaver classic, hollandstone, double holland, optiloc, granite, umbriano, tribeca cobble, sense, series, ratline, beacon hill flagstone, beacon hill smooth, bristol valley, mattoni, promenade plank, thorn bury, il campo, richcliff, courtstone, town hall, copthorne, u-cara multi-face, rivercrest, lineo dimensional stone, brussels dimensional wall, architextures wall, pisa2, sienastone, durahold, sienastone smooth, sonomastone, durahold, stackstone

Before you go

We support DIY installation, and home owners taking the initiative to install their own hardscape area. However, we highly recommend the use of an industry professional to help design and install the product, to protect your investment and offer a warranty for long-term security and pro results. Please visit our CREATIVEpro platform online to view our list of CREATIVEpro’s and those who we recommend for great outcomes! www.creativelandscapedepot.com

Contact Us

For more information, or to share ideas regarding your project, please contact our Creative Landscape Depot team. Our on site interlocking & wallstone display are elaborate, and showcase our extensive variety of stones. Let us engage with you, and discuss the accessories that may be required or must be considered before any landscape investments begins! 

All stone landscapes are big jobs, so lets chat first!

519-664-0225

info@creativelandscapedepot.com

www.creativelandscapedepot.com

1175 King Street North, St. Jacobs, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for reading – we sure hope you found some value within this blog:)

The CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT team,

CREATIVE Trends In Outdoor Sound Systems

As the summers warm weather arrives, we naturally begin to spend more time outside. Having a great outdoor sound system can only enhance our favourite season, and give you more reason to enjoy your backyard space!

Modern landscape audio systems are now sleek with new designs and technology that allows you to seamlessly take your lifestyle outdoors without compromising audio quality or aesthetic.

We all love having music outside, swinging on a hammock or lounging on a deck chair while reading a good book. And, if you also love to entertain, what’s a gathering without some background sound that has the ability to rock too! – All without disturbing the neighbours!

Today’s outdoor sound systems are much more sophisticated! When installed correctly, a quality outdoor speaker system can look and sound great, but the key word here is quality. Playing music in the backyard is far different from playing music in the family room! The backyard’s vast open space sucks the volume out of any speaker system. Therefore, the right speakers, with enough amplified power, and the right positioning of the speakers is key to creating a quality outdoor sound system. Both of our outdoor speakers systems offer 8-70 degree sound direction, to prevent interrupting the neighbours, and to provide stronger and clearer sounding audio for your personal living space!

Our CREATIVE landscape audio equipment is weather-resistant and therefore able to withstand both hot and cold temperatures. The speakers are designed to stand up to the elements of the sun and therefore not susceptible to fading or rust.

With the growing trend to both spend more time in the home and to increase the value of the home, the “outdoor living movement” now includes adding landscape audio to any exterior space where you are enjoying with family or entertaining with friends! If you are embarking on a new landscape renovation or just want to upgrade your space, come and check out our landscape audio collection installed in our showroom!

One final note! When considering installing an outdoor sound system, you may want to considering the investment of exterior lighting as well, or vice versa. These two installations require the same type of workload, including; trenching cable lines and hiding wires, strategically placing the lights or speakers for quality ambiance and functionality, and connecting the lighting or speaker units to the main cables and transformers or amplifiers. Save yourself some money and time by scheduling these two trending landscape options together, and increase the value of your outdoor space and property in general!

Please contact us for a CREATIVEpro who can assist you on all outdoor lighting and audio, and provide a consultation for a system best suited for your home and lifestyle.

Why Your Landscape Project Should Start @ CREATIVE

Your Landscape Project Should Really Start At A Landscape Supply Yard!

Starting any renovation is overwhelming, because the human nature has unlimited amounts of ideas and constant imaginations of what our home or landscape could or should look like. With many existing elements and shapes to compliment in and around our homes, its important that all of our ideas are exercised with professionals, and that all material options are assessed.

Here are a the main reasons why a landscape depot like CREATIVE LANDSCAPE DEPOT should be a destination for starting your landscape design.

INVENTORY: We have an inventory of all landscape supplies. This inventory includes the most popular and trending materials, as well as the latest refined stone fresh off the press that the general public, including the professionals, have often not digested quite yet! By touring our yard you can compare all available materials and colour options that best suit your character and home!

 

 

THE TEAM: Our staff loves to participate and offer their expertise within the landscape industry. Our group of professionals is built on a list of unique skills and expertise, allowing you to work with a member who really understands value in their respective product line! Whether it be natural stone, base material, plants, landscape lighting, water features, veneer stone, etc, we have a professional who can guide you down the right path and educate you on all areas that make a great decision!

BUDGET: We can quote your ideas, material selection, and overall design. This will allow you to understand the scale of project you have in mind, and refine the project if necessary, in order to meet your budget. It also helps you prepare for a consultation with a landscape professional, and move the project forward one step! Check out our CREATIVE calculator online!

NETWORK & RESOURCE: CREATIVE has an extensive network of landscape architects, designers, and professionals who install with industry certification and the highest level of customer service. Our networks is a refined group of craftsmen and craftswoman who love to build award-winning designs, and value-added landscapes and outdoor spaces! Stop in to chat about our CREATIVEpro contacts, and find the best fit for your design ideas!

DELIVERY: We have a fleet of delivery trucks that can not only delivery multiple materials at once, but we can even place the heavy hardscape or stones within your landscape!

 

 

INSPIRATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: Our yard is loaded with display boards of all of our materails. The opportunity to see complementary products side by side helps to make purchasing decisions. Our pool coping is beside its matching square cut paver and step material, as most pool projects require these items around the landscape. Our interlocking pavers are highlighted on substantial display boards, and installed on site for a better idea of their profile and laying patterns. Our thin stone veneer gallery is nicely renovated with large profiles of all veneer options. Stop in to tour our display areas and get inspired by our product collection, including:

fire bowls @CREATIVE

•mulches & a variety of decorative stones, fire stones, and crushed glasses

•artificial turf installed & hand sample boards available to take home

•a collection of home accent items including gabion baskets and fences, fire bowls, fire features, urns, and stone benches

•landscape lighting

•waterscapes and independent gurgler stone

artificial turf installed at CREATIVE

features

•interlocking paver & wall stone, including hand sample boards to take home

•domestic and imported natural stone paver, coping, caps, and decorative stone

•the largest collection of stone steps, random treads, and other trending step options

•veneer stone gallery & hand sample boards available to take home

decorative stone @CREATIVE

 

 

 

 

 

SERVICE: We simply strive on a daily basis to inspire, educate, and provide the key contacts and materials to create value-added & exciting landscapes!

                                      eramosa pavers @CREATIVE

Choosing A CREATIVE Landscape Contractor & Comparing Quotes

Why is One Quote So Much Higher Than The Others?

A wall is a wall, right?

A wall is a wall, right?

You are a smart consumer. You do your research before a purchase. Check reviews, maybe even do some “show rooming” for a hands on inspection. That’s what I do too.

When you decided to improve your landscape you started online or visited us at CREATIVE and received some landscaper referrals. You checked out company websites, reviews, portfolios- maybe you even checked their licenses! Now you have 3 quotes from 3 reputable companies, all for the same basic work.

Why is one proposal so much more expensive?

There are a number of reasons why one may be significantly more. For example:

  • Apples to Oranges. Be absolutely sure that everyone is bidding the same thing. For example, what paver variety is quoted. There are pavers that cost $3/ sq ft and others that are $15! If you have a 200 square foot patio as part of the project then a difference of over $2K would be understandable. Or, what if an irrigation system is being installed? You are dealing with reputable companies so they are not using big box quality heads and valves. But, if one company quotes a high-efficiency or low water use system it will be much more expensive. The lesson: read the quotes carefully. Ask for more information if you need it.
  • Demand. It’s simple. You call 3 landscapers in May. Two are scheduled out to the middle of July. The third is scheduled through August. He will probably not be quoting very aggressively- and his price will be higher.
  • Overhead. Every company is different. Growing companies have usually taken on debt to finance growth. Large companies have layers of management, provide more benefits to employees, and larger marketing budgets. All of this overhead. These kinds of companies can be competitive on price- as long as the project is large enough. But smaller jobs- under $10K- can be difficult for them to do profitably. They have no choice but to be expensive on smaller projects.
  • Quality. It can be very hard for most people to know how to compare the quality of work that landscapers do. Some companies design and build beautiful gardens, beautiful gardens that are a train wreck. The drainage, irrigation, lighting, retaining, etc all start to fail or need repairs way too quickly. But you can’t see that in a portfolio picture. Certain types of landscapes are more susceptible to this kind of pricing disparity. For example, custom stone work prices can be all over the map. Why? Many landscapers install flagstone in a very specific way. Large pieces are laid out first. Smaller pieces are fit in, without any cutting if possible. When cuts are needed for consistent joints we then chip the cut edge so that it looks natural. The result is fantastic- but time consuming. This is reflected in the price. If a landscaping company gives you a lot more detail about a certain element than the other companies do, they might be trying to tell you something important!

Why do prices for landscaping vary?

It may be the company, the time of year, the project, or just a communication issue- but there is usually a good reason for the difference. Know as much as you can about your project, the companies bidding, and your priorities. This will give you the ability to wade through the proposals, descriptions, designs, and prices to find the right company for your landscape project.

Should you accept the low bid?

Like most contractors, landscape or otherwise, we commonly submit a quote knowing that a couple of our competitors are too. Once all the quotes are in the potential client has a decision to make: who to hire.

Most of us are drawn to a deal. If three companies all promise to provide the same landscape service, why not just hire the cheapest? At times that might be the right decision, but not always.

As a consumer, how can you know if you should hire the low bidder? Here are a couple things to consider that might make the process easier.

Be sure that all the quotes actually offer the same things. Look at specific, not general scope.

With your landscape quotes consider what is truly being offered. If a low voltage lighting system is included ask: What kind of fixtures? (low grade or commercial quality?) What kind of bulbs? (Halogen or LED?) Does the company include a warranty and what does it cover?

Not all water features are created equal.

Maybe a water feature will be the focal point of your yard. Ask: What kind of pump will be installed? How efficient is the pump? Will I need to use chemicals or is bio-filtration part of the design? How is the stream decorated? With river rock loose in the bottom or mortared in place stones that will stay in place?

Two landscape contractors can both offer you a lighting system or a water feature- but what are really getting? Answering that will help you decide in line with your priorities and budget.

How Much Skill Is Required?

For some things the low price just makes sense. Oil changes are pretty simple. If I get a good coupon I am going to use it. When my transmission needs work? Price is not the main concern. I need it done right!

Are you having a french drain installed, a lawn renovated, or a tree removed? It’s not that these things take no skill, just not a lot. There is certainly no artistry needed. Price should probably be a big factor in your decision making.

Could the low bidder bring the quality you want?

Could the low bidder bring the quality you want?

Is a water feature, boulder setting, stone work, or custom wood construction part of the plan? Now the decision is not so clear cut. All of these require knowledge, skill, and artistry. What level of craftsmanship does each contractor bring to the table?

What level of artistry are you looking for?

Look at the companies’ portfolios. If you are embarking on a large, or especially challenging project, it might be nice to actually visit a completed job. This is really the only way to know what you are going to get.

If you want a “Mercedes” landscape make sure you don’t hire someone installing “Toyotas”!

How To Choose A Landscaping Contractor?

There is no “right” answer. Know what you are looking for. Know exactly what is being offered. Know how much skill and artistry is needed. Then you can decide- take the low bidder or not.

To reduce your investment in searching for a professional best suited for your landscape ideas, contact our CREATIVE team and let us help. Our extensive network of trades allows us to align both the client and the professionals with partners who we know will work well together for value added outcomes!

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Landscape Lighting – the CREATIVE benefits and value!

The CREATIVE Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

CREATIVE landscape lighting and consultation with industry leading products!
CREATIVE landscape lighting and consultation with industry leading products!

There are many reasons and to consider outdoor lighting as a way to accent your landscape.  From years of experience servicing the outdoor lighting needs within the landscape sector, we have helped many clients experience the benefits of residential and commercial lighting systems.  Whether you want to increase the security of your property or spend more time enjoying the warm weather during the spring and summer months when the weather is nice, there are many year round benefits provided by outdoor lighting after the sun goes down.

Appearance

The obvious advantage to landscape lighting is the enhancement to your home’s appearance. The lights make your home and landscaping visible even after dark. When positioned properly, landscape lights make architectural features of the home pop out. Lights pointed at your favourite plants make the most of your landscaping at all times of night and day. Outdoor lights add a sense of drama to your landscaping. The illumination makes your house stand out by boosting the curb appeal at night.

Functionality

Landscape lighting increases the functionality of your outdoor spaces. With proper lighting, you can use your front and backyard long after the sun goes down. Flood lights attached to the house provide a large amount of general light to brighten a patio area or a portion of the yard. Lights attached to deck posts illuminate the area for late-night dining or conversations. For additional lighting around a patio tables, under railings, stone copings, steps, and any other area please contact us or visit our CREATIVE showroom.

Enhance Security and Safety

Illuminating your property after dark can also be an effective way of dissuading unwanted guests from poking around on your property. Lighting systems can help to keep your invited guests safe after dark. Illuminating entrance points, like doors and windows, with lights makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break in unnoticed. When choosing where to place landscape lighting for security, consider the darkest areas of the yard and the places near the home where a burglar could enter. If you have a security camera system be sure to consider the placement of lighting for best visual results of each camera location.

Place lights around the swimming pool, along walkways and near the terrace or patio areas that get frequent traffic so as to reduce the risk of falls or other injuries.

Accentuate Landscaping and Improve Property Value

CREATIVE outdoor lighting highlights the beauty of your building as well as increases the value of your property.   Lighting your exterior is considered an added amenity by prospective buyers and appraisers, as it represents a lifetime investment back into the properties.  Commercial applications, with well-done landscape lighting design are often considered to be more appealing to customers, and attract more business than unlit dark business.

Installing exterior light systems is an excellent way to accentuate your commercial or residential property’s landscaping, improving both aesthetics and visibility.  Our light design experts will provide you with options to customize your installation, whether you wish to accent a fountain or simply light up the walkways or your company logo.  CREATIVE has the product knowledge to help you highlight the best aspects of a property and its surroundings, or our installation network can help!

Hire a Pro or Just ask CREATIVE!

If you are looking to start a new landscaping project on your home or business, consider the value of adding outdoor lighting. A well-lit yard increases curb appeal by offering a warm and inviting place for your family and friends. Not only does outdoor lighting extend your living space, it can offer huge safety and security benefits. Highlight your home’s beautiful lawn, garden, and other landscaping features with outdoor lighting!

For more information on residential or commercial landscaping, or tips on how to place outdoor lights in your yard, contact us today! We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on our industry leading lighting products and offer an on-site consultation to share ideas for your yard!

We have an extensive network of landscape lighting professionals who we can recommend to you based on the scale of your design. If your thinking landscaping – you should be considering the element of landscape lighting at the same time!

leading industry products and CREATIVE service
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Designing your Space & Why Choosing a Landscape Architect, Designer, or Contractor is so Critical to a Good Design and Functional Space!

Goals for your Landscape Design:

•compliment the design and style of your home by examining your lifestyle and preferences

•choosing the right product, borders, accents, and accessories that work well with your home and existing landscape or grading of property (mosaics)

•scale and proportion of all elements within the design, such as retaining walls, pergolas, patios, driveways, and fireplace areas

•add value through incorporating the correct elements & products that exist in our industry

•adding curb appeal that suits the neighbourhood and surroundings

•make the design safe and practical

Anyone can dream about the space they have in their yard but planning the space takes experience and a lot of thought. Plans do not necessarily need to be a formal drawing, but they do need to be well planned out, and to scale in order understand how to best to use the space. This little bit of homework goes a long way and ensures your investment will be enjoyed for many years to come.

‘Ask us about our home consulting and outdoor space design network.’

Think about what you want – do you need a place for kids to play? A place for the dog? For barbecue? For storage? Do you want a shady corner? Seating for a dozen? A work-shop? Make a list of your ‘have-to-have items.

Now think about function – you’ll want a soft surface under a swing set, but might want solid pathways for well-traveled areas. Wooden deck or stone patio? Cost may help you decide which materials to use. Play around with a plan on paper, but use a garden hose or can of pray paint to experiment with shapes on the ground. Paths should be wide enough to accommodate your lawn mower and wheelbarrow. Include the placement of doors, windows, access points, and views.

Think about privacy – hedges are great living screens, but take years to grow big enough to be effective and trimming can be a hassle. Vines can be effective screens. There are a variety of fence styles availablee as well.

Dont create a drainage problem – water must drain away from your house or it will drain into it and cause long term issues with your home. keep it in mind when installing paths, patios, or ponds.

Plant the biggest items first – trees take several to many years to mature, shrubs take a few years, and flowers only a season or two. Think about the shade you create with a tree, and make sure it falls where you want it. Obviously its easier to move a flower than a tree, so make your mistakes on paper.

Dont be overwhelmed – you dont have to do it all at one time, or even all by yourself. A well though out plan can be phased in as your time and budget allow. A landscape designer or architect can draw up a plan for you, and proceed at your own pace. Remember that your relationship with your landscape architect should be a two way street. It is your space but as a professional they can and should help you through any potential concerns and prevent wasting time and money.

Have fun with it – gardening is supposed to be a stress-buster, not a stress-maker.

Choosing a Professional Contractor / Installer

We recommend the use of professional landscape contractors for your project. When considering & designing your homes landscape, you are making an important investment in your home. Don’t let poor workmanship turn your ideal plan into a disappointment. Propert site preparation with the correct grading, base materials and compaction is key to ensuring that your hardscape or landscape looks great and offers longevity in your investment!