Beachview eclectic-landscape
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Beachview Eclectic Landscape, Toronto

An Urban backyard designed for a first-time homeowner and their new family. Recycled tiles and a child-proof water feature create a playful space with lots of life in it.
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Photo of an eclectic backyard water fountain landscape in Toronto. — Houzz

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sarasfarm wrote:
This area has everything! - Are those arborvites ( thujas) planted on either side of this photo? They look like they provide excellent screening.
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grinandbaret

Thanks for confirming.

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Kids Creations

Looks like the perfect place for kids and Mom & Dad!

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sonalionline wrote:
Water feature? - I'm curious about the water feature. It looks like some kind of a slide for the water to trickle down. Could you tell me a lil bit more about it? Thanks
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Sheila Sentner
how does the water recirculate as it looks like it goes right into the ground?
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Nathaniel Elliott

How did you create the water passage?

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katepurcell1 wrote:
Cost? - This is awesome! I love the kid focus. How much was the landscaping job total?
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Carson Arthur Design

Hey Kate. This project was done for my tv show...so pricing is a little tricky. If I were to ball park it, a pair of small patios with stone and plant work like this project should come in between 15 and 22K

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vriggs wrote:
The green sand box ikea also? - The green sand box ikea also?
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Carson Arthur Design
it is! cheap and easy and looks great in a children's area
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Katrina Homerick wrote:
What kind of sand is in the sand box? My play sand is too dusty.
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Carson Arthur Design
I went with a packing sand from Home Depot. Its more dense and designed for buildings and foundations.
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whid02051 wrote:
i like the sand box and table and chairs. Where can I purchase ?
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Carson Arthur Design
They are Ikea! Lol. Easy!
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kellyc311 wrote:
what type of recycled tiles are used? thanks
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In Room Outside Brookes also showed us that different age groups need different features within the garden, and that this should be considered in the design. It is no good to expect children to play soccer on grass surrounded by their parents' prize herbaceous border.This small garden follows his precepts perfectly by allocating space for each purpose: There's an area for children of different ages and also space for relaxing and dining. With the design considering children to begin with, any abandoned toys will not disrupt the whole layout.
June Scott Design added this to 9 Ways to Make Your Yard More Fun for Kids
4. Make use of vertical space. Chalkboards, climbing walls and buckets of toys can be hung from garden walls and fences, making them less visually obtrusive in a small garden.
Mitchell Parker added this to 16 Ways to Get More From Your Small Backyard
7. Use one surface material. If you have multifunctional areas, use one material to unify the spaces. “Small spaces need that cohesion,” says Arthur, who designed this 17-foot by 25-foot space for a family with small children. A separate play zone keeps the kids close by while the parents are entertaining, and the continuous paving ties it all together. Radford goes even further, suggesting using the same material that’s found elsewhere on the property. For one of his backyard projects, he used the same paving material as in the front entryway. “It created a unified space that made it seem bigger,” he says.
Brenna Malmberg added this to Houzz Call: Show Us Your Sandbox
Easy addition. If you aren’t sure about installing a sandbox, a portable one is an option. This home has a green froggy sandbox atop backyard tiles. During playtime, the lid hangs from the side of the garage. This type of sandbox is great if you don’t have a place for an in-ground box or aren’t sure you want to commit to one. Share: Do you have a portable sandbox?

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k_rudito added this to k_rudito's ideas
. Pay attention to scale. If you’ve got a small backyard, the last thing you want to do is cram in a 10-person dining table. Instead, consider built-ins or extendable tables. Likewise, you won’t want to plant a tree that’s going to grow to 100 feet tall and completely overtake your yard. Here Radford smartly worked in small, native plants and grasses to keep an open feel.

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