The transformation of a weekend hobby farm into and elegant permanent residence on a 5 acre property.
This small estate was a charming old Irish farm with a house and barn built in 1862 by the Junkin family settlers.
Over the past 40 years it became a weekend retreat. The house located in the middle of the 5 acres has been well maintained but the grounds, sadly, had been abandoned. The gardens and pioneer forest was hosting the unwanted and invasive Buckthorn trees and all was in dire need of restoration.
Many Manitoba Maple trees had broken branches hanging too close over the roof of the house. Major work by qualified arborists was urgently required. Another important issue was the grading around the house and the inadequate eavestroughs which weren’t draining the water properly.
Lastly, the owners’ needs of a weekend home versus the needs of a primary residence are quite different. As an example, having closer access to the house when you are coming back with the grocery during the long Kawartha winters is nicely appreciated. So one of the multiple challenges was to redesign an elegant and practical driveway.
What do most people want from a Landscape Designer?
Their needs must be heard and smart design solutions must be provided and understood.
Everybody has a budget that must be respected and with a realistic contingency in place.
Everyone enjoys a low maintenance landscape and a well managed project that allows construction to take place with the least amount of disruption possible as well as maintaining a realistic time-line.
The following pictures are showing the BEFORE and AFTER of the West, East and North garden areas of the property. We have also included a few construction pictures with additional comments to help you understand the scope of this big project.
The designer for this project is Julie Moore-Cantieni. She is the founder and visionary of Modern Landscape Designers. Julie received the “Tony Di Giovanni Award – Judges Choice Garden of the Year 2018” and “The S.G. Ulbright Award – Outstanding Medium Size Garden 2018” with the spectacular Midnight in Paris sponsored by Techo-Bloc. Previously, her “Stingray” show garden won the award of “Outstanding Use of Innovative Elements in a Garden 2016” at Canada Blooms that year. You deserve the best, so talk to us and book your professional landscape consultation Today!