We purchased our home on The Kingsway almost three years ago and we loved everything about it except the front yard. The previous owners had invested in landscaping, however they had overplanted trees, removed the original stonewall and did not have any colour in their gardens. Our dream home lacked the “wow factor” when you pulled in the driveway.
We had used Jim Mosher’s Landscape Plus at our old home for a much smaller project and we were very impressed with his design, his crew and the finished product. We hired Jim to create a vision for our front yard with only a few requests. We wanted the finished product to fit into the neighbourhood and look like it had always been there. We wanted colour and native plants. Most of all, we wanted the “wow factor” when looking at our home from the street.
From the start, everyone in the neighbourhood was interested in the project. Nobody could walk past the house without slowing down to see what was happening. I am sure a few people were very concerned when Jim and his crew took down many small trees and when the stone pillars at the end of the driveway were torn down. The yard became a blank canvas, ready for Jim’s artistry.
Within weeks, Jim’s vision started to immerge. It was a long process because the crew was meticulous, placing each stone perfectly. Once the pillars and the wall were complete, Jim consulted with me again to plan the garden. We walked through other properties he had planned and planted, and I shared with him what I liked and did not like. With my requests, Jim and his team planted a gorgeous garden. They took care of all of the lighting, and reset our sprinkler system. New sod was laid and the project was done. The finished product is spectacular.
Throughout the three-month project, the crew was punctual, friendly, tidy and professional. We couldn’t have asked for a better team of people to work on our front yard.
The results speak for themselves. I have had friends send emails, just to say how much they love the project. Complete strangers stop and comment, if I happen to be out front. Some neighbours walk up the walkway to admire the garden- I guess they feel like they were a part of it, watching it develop and blossom. Our neighbours are thrilled and are inspired to create their own “wow factor” at their homes. We love the look of our front yard, and we can hardly wait to see how it evolves as the garden grows.
It was an expensive endeavour, however, to us it was worth every penny. We are so pleased with the result and we know that we will get a return on our investment, years from now when we sell the house. In the meantime, we are so proud of our home and the gorgeous front yard. We asked Jim to achieve a “wow factor” and he did that and more.
17 The Kingsway- Backyard Paradise, Two Years Laer
It all started with a dying old oak tree that had to be removed. We hadn’t planned on giving our backyard a facelift for another five years, yet when the old tree came down, we were left with a huge gap in the yard and an opportunity to make some changes. Landscape Plus had done such a spectacular job with our front yard two years ago, that it was without hesitation that we enlisted Jim and his crew to take on this new project.
After several meetings, much discussion and many sketches, Jim came up with a design. The original deck would stay, yet would be refurbished and secured by numerous helical piles. The focal point of the yard would be an 8-foot linear gas fireplace, with a flagstone platform, surrounded by comfy seating and placed in the middle of the yard where the old oak tree once stood. A serving station would be built, the barbeque area would be refaced, a large new tree would be planted, stepping stones would be laid and the gardens would received new plants and a huge tidy-up.
Jim’s crew arrived in mid-June and stripped the yard down to the barebones, preparing it to work their magic. The decking was lifted, trees were trimmed, plants were removed (and preserved) and a fence was put up creating a secure space for our dogs. A symphony of workers arrived each morning, working in harmony in all parts of the yard, slowly, steadily and skillfully moving the project ahead. Once the earth screws were installed, it was time to start putting things back together and Jim’s creative juices burst out. We regularly met with Jim to hear updates and make small adjustments as we went along.
Jim’s team kept the worksite tidy and created as little disruption as possible to our busy household. After two large projects, Jim’s team feels like family. Their hard work throughout the project demonstrated exceptional skill and personal pride in what they were doing. They were all excited to see the finished product, once it was complete.
The project took two months from start to finish and our backyard is stunning. We live 15 minutes from downtown Toronto, yet when you step into our backyard overlooking the Humber ravine, you feel like you have arrived at a dramatic resort oasis, inviting you to relax and enjoy nature. The scope of this project made it expensive, however now our backyard is ready for years and years of enjoyment. We can’t wait until spring when we can start spending time in our private paradise.