Blog Written by Lambert Brothers Construction in Edmonton
We spend a lot of time, effort, and money creating the perfect luxury interiors. But in Alberta with our wintery weather, we often discount the benefits of upgrading the exterior of our homes and the potential to create an outdoor living space that transforms our quality of life.
Keeping your yard clean and tidy and maybe adding some nice greenery and garden furniture is one thing, but there is an opportunity being missed out on when you don’t consider the possibilities in creating your own slice of paradise right outside your door.
At Lambert Brothers, we specialize in creating luxury backyard renovations in the harsh Alberta climate. Not only will our backyard renovation ideas transform how you live but they can also add to the value of your property.
Here are some of our favourite luxury backyard renovation ideas to inspire the dreamer in you to start planning a backyard renovation.
Landscaping & Patios
If your backyard looks a little plain, or the flow of it is just not working for you, then start with the basics by breaking up the space with professional landscaping. Doing so will completely transform the area into a stylish and modern outdoor living space.
Having a deck or patio installed will give you a space in which to relax and entertain, even in the colder months with the addition of a gazebo and outdoor heaters.
In the summer, patios really come into their own when it comes to hosting BBQs and parties, or even just to relax in a lounger in the sun and enjoy the fresh air. But you don’t have to wait for the ground to thaw out to use your yard and your outdoor enjoyment can be extended by several months a year with the right set-up.
Water features, planters, bird feeding stations and gardens are also great additional ideas to add to your landscaping that helps make it feel like a luxurious dream space.
Gazebos, arbors and pergolas
If you’re looking to channel a little vintage charm, then a gazebo or pergola is a perfect choice. By choosing your plants and shrubs carefully, you can create a beautiful scene that looks as if it’s been there forever.
Which style to go for will depend on how you plan to use it. A gazebo will be bigger and enable you to have seating on it, whereas an arbour or pergola is a more decorative feature. Whichever you choose, they can be designed and built to fit in with the overall style you’re going for.
Adding string lights, lanterns or outdoor rated fixtures allows you to enjoy this feature at night.
Possibly the most popular backyard renovation in Alberta, a well-placed hot tub in your backyard can add that little bit of luxury and relaxation. Having a regular soak in a hot tub is great for stress levels, muscle aches and promotes good sleep. Who wouldn’t want that?
As far as cold weather goes, as long as you maintain your hot tub, you can use it all winter long – and there is nothing better than sitting in steaming water during a cold snap!
Tip: place the hot tub somewhere easily accessible from your back door to make the frosty trip back and forth as short as possible!
If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of space, then the ultimate luxury backyard renovation idea is the swimming pool. In Alberta, you have two options for pool use:
1. Fill and drain annually.
2. Install a heated pool to keep it in use year-round.
Most people opt for option one, as the heating bills just aren’t reasonable for most families and the water isn’t as warm as a hot tub, so a pool doesn’t get much use in the winter.
Though you’ll have to drain it before winter or pay exorbitant heating bills to keep it running, it’s still an excellent way to liven up the usability of your backyard if you have the means.
If you are considering a pool, make sure to spend time planning out the space around it for safety so you have landscaping that allows the space to flow and be maximized for other uses.
If the closest you get to cooking outside is the occasional BBQ, then you really are missing out. If food is a big part of your life, then why not create your own bespoke outdoor kitchen? From authentic wood-fired clay ovens to state-of-the-art teppanyaki grills, you can invite family and friends over for a unique meal that is more of an experience.
Tip: Having a covered seating area built is a good idea so you can enjoy dining outside in all but the worst weather.
Are you a family of movie buffs? Then enjoying your favourites on a huge projector in your own backyard is something to think about. Outdoor viewing is becoming more popular, and with it there are more options available to set up a space to watch movies or sporting events outside.
A luxury outdoor cinema will certainly be a talking point for your neighbours and guests, but it’s you and your family who will get the most enjoyment from it.
Tip: Contact a specialist audiovisual company who will be able to recommend the best projector, screen and speakers for outdoor use.
Make your backyard renovation dreams a reality.
Most homeowners waste the potential of their outside space, when in fact it could transform their lifestyle and the way they live in their homes.
By having our backyard renovation professionals design and build your space you can be certain of getting the highest workmanship that will last for years to come and you’ll be able to enjoy and use your new outside space year-round.
If you are ready to begin creating your dream backyard, contact us today for a free consultation and quote.