The Indoor Outdoor Guy Renovations offers both design and build services for outdoor living spaces. Outdoor living spaces involve many choices, the most common being decks, paver or stone patios, lounge areas, water features, cookings areas, covered dining areas, pergolas, pools, hot tubs, lighting, and irrigation. However, the more important question, which is often accompanied with more cost, is whether to integrate the design of your desired outdoor living space into an over all landscape plan for your backyard.
Full Outdoor and Landscape Design
This approach incorporates captures an overall vision for the landscape design of the backyard or outdoor living space. The plans show the location of the house, decks and an other outdoor living spaces. The plans also include details for future hardscaping such as walkways, arbors, rock walls. It will also include the location of existing trees and plants as well as future planned flower beds, water features and trees. This type of planning is of the greatest benefit when a client wants to add a backyard living space, a hot tub or a garden shed to their backyard at some point in the future.
Whether you are simply wishing to a deck or a completely new outdoor living space to your home, or you would like to have your backyard completely redone we would be happy to discuss your project with you. Please feel free to call us at 604-277-5572 to book your onsite consultation or submit your request online.
Joseph with his management team at the spring BC Home and Garden Show after winning the Best of Show 2017 award. From left to right: Joseph Neely (The Guy), Margaret Neely (CFO) and Jim Wigglesworth (Designer).
This cabana was designed to contain, both an outdoor kitchen and a dining space. The cabana uses a timber frame structure with a 4 sided cathedral ceiling. The Interior of the cabana features, custom stone work, douglas fir post and beam, matching 1x16 dg fir soffit, and pot lighting. The kitchen component of this outdoor living space includes a built barbecue, quartz countertop, under-mount sink, fridge, and storage. The enjoyable part of this project was building it right in the backyard, amongst existing landscaping.
This new outdoor living space required the renovation of the client's backyard. This project included a new 400sq ft plastic composite timbertech deck, a timberframe pergola, with circular paver patio, a new walkway and stairs to the rear driveway, a basalt pillar water feature and natural raised stack stone retaining walls. Our design build team specifically designed two living spaces. One for entertaining on the deck, and the second for quiet relaxation under the shaded pergola. The design team also included hedging and stack stone retaining walls for privacy, to hide fencing and to give the backyard a more natural feel. They included a water feature to provide a relaxing sound and to drown out neighborhood noise. All plants and grasses selected are low maintenance perennials.
This deck was built for an interior designer's own home, therefore this deck was both about design and functionality. The deck needed to fit in with the home and landscaping, well. It also had to contain a hot tub and a lounging area. A concrete sump with a pumping system was constructed so the hot tub could be partially sunk into the ground and thus sit even with the top of the deck. This made it look as if the hot tub had been mounted onto the deck. A wooden and plexiglass pergola was constructed so the hot tub could be used during rainy days. Two seperate lighting systems were installed, one lighting the edge of the deck and stairs and the other providing illumination to the deck surface from lights mounted on the fence posts. The decking used was a low maintenance composite decking manufactured by TimberTech. The decking used a hidden clip system so no nails or screws are visible on top of the deck. The client being and interior designer, had no difficulty adding additional wow factor to the deck, buy choosing the appropriate pots, plants and lawn furniture.
View from Kitchen
The construction of the pergola was the second phase of the clients desired outdoor living space. The deck was built five years previous to this photo and was completely sanded down as part of this phase. The Indoor Outdoor Guy went through a detailed design process with the client to help the client choose the design she envisioned. Our design department, based on the client's initial input and requirements prepared four different designs, of which the client selected one that was further customized. The design of the pergola features Japanese arches and an interlocking timber frame design. The pergola was built out of solid cedar and painted white to match the trim details on the house. Glass was added to two sides of the pergola to provide a windbreak in the fall and spring. The pergola was also designed to shade the living room in the home from the southern exposure, as well as providing a shaded outdoor space.
The Indoor Outdoor Guy Renovations Inc is proud to have participated in building the "home under the dome" at the 2009 Spring Home Show. This deck features TimberTech decking which does not need to be stained or painted throughout it's lifetime. Approximately 80,000 people walked over this deck during the course of the five day home show. The TimberTech decking truly lived up to it's motto "Less Work, More Life", as all the deck required after the show was to be cleaned off with water.