The Final Product!

Anatomy of a City Garden

“Low maintenance” and “extending the seasons” are the main themes for this outdoor
living space in a small yard in the area tucked between Rosedale and Yorkville in the
City of Toronto.

The roughly 25 X 25-foot backyard, bounded by the side fences and the back side of
the laneway garage is not a large space, but the landscape architect Peter Owen was
up to the challenge to create something exceptional for his clients!

2 Conceptual designs were drawn with Option A being selected as the basis for the final plan.

The homeowner’s criteria were:  

  1. a place to grow herbs and flowers in the yard’s only sunny spot. 
  2. a fire pit surrounded by Muskoka chairs.
  3. to utilize his new Weber BBQ.

A tropical hardwood deck podium defines the outdoor lounge area: Gluckstein
sectional and loungers placed around a Restoration Hardware fire table – the deck
nestled against a wrap-around planter to provide a cocooned feel to the space. A notch
up from the ubiquitous fire pit and cottage chairs!

Gas heaters are suspended from a modern linear pergola that spans the full width of
the yard providing additional warmth during the chilly shoulder seasons.

At the opposite end of the pergola a suspended roof made from polygal panels
provides protection for the outdoor grilling station.

“Before” and “After” of the Grilling Station
“architectural knotty” horizontal cedar slats with a black fabric background
Hand drawn Sketch Detail for the fence cladding
The Final Product!

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