Customer Service & Community Pride
Mar13

Customer Service & Community Pride

Headwaters Home Improvement Centre is really a one-stop shop for everything “home improvement”, serving people from Orangeville to Guelph. It is the brainchild of Chris Naraysingh, who opened it four years ago after spending 30 years in materials handling and manufacturing. His objective is to provide a local home improvement centre emphasizing quality products, service and exceptional prices. No Matter What Your Need, They Have It...

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As the Saying Goes; “Your Home is Your Castle”
Mar13

As the Saying Goes; “Your Home is Your Castle”

It comes as no surprise that people might wish to beautify the grounds of their special abode. Maybe you’ll see vine-covered pergolas functioning as portals to a backyard oasis filled with colourful and meticulously-kept gardens; a place where shutters and awnings compliment the landscape to create that perfect touch. In this, the 21st century, the ancient practice of residential beautification can blend with cyber age technology in...

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Ask the Landscape Architect Expert:  Integrated Gardening…Beautiful and Edible
Mar13

Ask the Landscape Architect Expert: Integrated Gardening…Beautiful and Edible

I love this idea! Creating beautiful gardens with some of your favourite perennials, and then adding in vegetables, fruits, and herbs to provide edibles as part of your overall landscape. And who better to speak with regarding this growing “return to roots” in landscape design then Paul Brydges, award-winning Landscape Architect, and owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture and Design. “There are so many ‘edible options’ to plant in...

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Staycation! Why Leave Home?
Mar13

Staycation! Why Leave Home?

A new term entered the English lexicon a decade or so ago and its most common use occurs in residential landscaping circles. The term is “staycation” and it mostly deals with homeowners’ desires to have the benefits of a vacation without leaving the house. To achieve this, they often have a backyard pool surrounded by exquisite rockeries, foliage arrangements and other accoutrements; a veritable oasis on their own property. The jaded...

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A Hillside Haven
Mar13

A Hillside Haven

Tumber Landscape Design & Build is a landscape company that came to be in 1976 when the original owner found that he could couple his “pure love of horticulture” with landscape design and construction. As the company matured over the years it became a thriving full service business that focuses on “naturalized and mature environments” and thus provides a very unique, elegant and original approach to their projects, from start to...

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Your Number 1 Vacation Spot!
Mar13

Your Number 1 Vacation Spot!

What better way to spend your weekends than in your own backyard. Cedarcroft Landscape and Design believe this is a time to be enjoyed by all and can be your number one vacation spot! Zach Koolen is the owner of Cedarcroft Landscape and Design, located in Orangeville. He has been in the business approximately ten years. He comes by his craft honestly, initially working for his father – owner of New Wave Pools and Spas in Orangeville....

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Beauty Your Home’s Exterior
Mar12

Beauty Your Home’s Exterior

Whenever anyone strolls onto your property, they are going to inevitably end up at your front door, and so if you want to make a good first impression, make sure you get an exceptional front door! “Instead of doing a whole (exterior) renovation, just changing the front door can give the home a whole new look,” says Joe of Onyx Windows & Doors. “It can really make it stand out.” When evaluating the cost of installing a new entry...

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A Seasonal Feast
Mar12

A Seasonal Feast

You can always tell it’s spring, when Rock Garden Farms hangs out the sign to say it is opening. That is one of the first signals of spring, along with the return of the birds and plants budding through the flowerbeds! If you live locally, you even start looking for that sign, and the decoration which goes with it. That means there is light after the long winter and good things are going to be happening. “Fresh” is what Rock Garden...

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More Than Just a Classy Place to Park Your Car
Mar11

More Than Just a Classy Place to Park Your Car

Visualize pulling into the driveway of one of the many homes in our area. Then think of what the single most dominant feature of that home would be when you look at it. In most cases, it will be the garage and, more specifically, the garage door. From both an aesthetic and operational viewpoint, it is vital that garage door systems function at optimum efficiency. The industry is acutely aware of homeowners and their individual tastes...

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The Art of Dry Stone Walling
Dec03

The Art of Dry Stone Walling

Once again we’ve had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with award-winning landscape architect Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc, on this occasion to discuss a very old and very timeless way of constructing beautiful stone creations that leave a lasting impression. So exactly what is “Dry Stone Walling” or “Dry Stacking”? Dry stone, sometimes called dry stacking or in Scotland, dry stane, is a building...

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Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard
May16

Shangri-La in Your Own Backyard

Picture yourself luxuriating in the pool at an exotic resort. The soothing water permeates through your flesh as it melodiously courses through exquisite rock formations illuminated by an array of sparkling lights. When it’s finally time to leave this Shangri-La, there is no need to pack up your bags, go through the checkout procedures and make your way to the airport. Instead, you simply hop out of the pool, open the back door and...

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Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process
May16

Ask The Landscape Architect Expert, Part Three: The Tendering (Pricing) Process

When we last spent time with Paul Brydges, owner of Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc, the topic of discussion focused on budget, and was part two of our four-part series “Ask the Expert”. As we enter “Part Three: The Tendering Process”, Paul teaches us that both timing and economics are key essential outcomes when making some crucial decisions. “The beauty of working with a landscape designer is that they act as a support contact...

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Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental
May10

Exploring the Practicality of Equipment Rental

In the construction and renovations business, acquiring and maintaining the proper tools and equipment is a huge capital investment. Not only can the machinery be costly, it may not be used enough to justify purchasing it. Therefore, it often makes sense to rent tools and equipment, rather than buy them. First of all, the initial purchase costs are avoided when one opts to rent. As well, depreciation in the machine’s value is not a...

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Thinking of Investing in a Pool this Summer?
May09

Thinking of Investing in a Pool this Summer?

Ask a residential pool owner why he or she has one, and chances are you will hear a lot of different reasons. Some will say the backyard pool is the perfect spot for family recreation and bonding. Others will point out that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise there is. Then there will be people who find it more practical to take the thirty steps to get to their landscaped pool area, rather than drive hundreds of miles to a...

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Creating Winter Interest. Work with Mother Nature.
May09

Creating Winter Interest. Work with Mother Nature.

So, it’s summer, and just why are we talking about planning for a winter landscape? Simple – we have to think about it now! When else are you going to do those plantings and move that earth than in the next few months! Think back to gardening magazines or books you may have read on stately English homes, those that you envy or admire. Many of them feature beautiful outdoor vistas with attractively arranged plant and garden features,...

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