A funny thing about working in the Fall is that at times you think you’re starting to slow down and finishing up on the last few projects only to blink and have a couple more construction projects become solidified along with a few more design projects. Needless to say, we’ll be busy right up until Mother Nature tells us no more.
One of the internal projects we have on the go right now is finishing up the next version of our Home & Garden website. We hadn’t done much with the site since it first came on line so with the new version we’re looking to better highlight what we bring into the Studio along with some of the Renovation projects we’ve been a part of. I can’t say that I’m gifted with HTML but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m having a lot of fun with it … memories of CS100 and all that.
No matter the time of year, whenever you’re working outside you have to account for the weather. It’s not often that our guys will get rained out (or snowed out as the case may be as we get closer to December) but any time you add water to a job site, it slows down the entire process. Luckily for us, we have a great group of guys on our team that are able push through the cold and the wet to give our clients their dream yards.
This past week was another busy one. Decks are being finished, footings are being poured, retaining walls are in place, planting designs are being finalized and even a trip to the west end of Kitchener to shoot elevations for one of our design projects are just a few of the things that kept us going.
If you’ve never heard of “shooting elevations” don’t be alarmed as not everyone has. If you’ve worked with a Landscape Designer in the past who does Masterplan designs like we do, even if the term doesn’t ring a bell, chances are you’ve had someone on your property measuring elevations of existing structures, your home’s foundation, where doors are and sill heights, where the ground slopes to, and a number of other relevant items. Unlike with building a home where you’re working with flat surfaces, landscaping can be all over the place from the height of the foundation and doors, to the deck, to the patio, to the pool, to the shed, etc. Taking the time to understand where the existing heights are before construction begins helps us understand how to incorporate new features and saves everyone time and money in the end.
I just caught myself looking at our Studio and realizing how much it’s changed since we took the space over. I guess it’s true that if you look at something long enough, you start to forget what it once looked like? I’d forgotten about the purple walls, the ugly multi-coloured carpeting, the walls that sectioned off the space so that no light got through and of course, the old coat closet we turned into a fireplace!
One of the many great things about a Furniture and Decor store also being a DesignBuild company is that we have tradespeople on staff that are able to implement any ideas that pop into our heads right away! Can’t say I miss the purple walls at all…