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Niagara-on-the-Lake

Backyard Oasis

A home in the centre of town feels like a private country estate.

A place to relax and entertain

The homeowners of this beautiful property in Niagara-on-the-Lake wanted to add a pool and patio to their landscape — keeping it as natural as possible while matching the traditional architecture of the house and tying it in with a newly renovated space.

Overcoming obstacles

The backyard had different elevations and needed a retaining wall to create a level area for the pool and patio. Access to the yard was through a deep ditch and it was a challenge excavating around the mature trees and shrubs so they wouldn’t be damaged.

A private retreat

The new landscape looks like it has always been there. The plants are growing nicely and the homeowners can entertain friends and family in a backyard that feels like a private country estate.

Key Design Features

  • The retaining walls were constructed using handmade clay brick that complements the home’s brick exterior.
  • The centre lines of the new pool line up with the steps from the original house as well as the steps leading to the newly renovated area, resulting in a look that is formal and symmetrical.
  • Ebel Flagstone was used for both the patio and the coping on the retaining walls, creating unity and harmony.
  • New garden beds along the upper perimeter of the retaining wall provide a buffer between the two areas and soften the hard edges for a natural feel.
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