With summer fast approaching, and spending time outside higher on your priority list, do you wish your backyard had more appeal?
Maybe you’re looking to switch up the use of your yard, going from a pond to a space with a more user-friendly landscaping combination of deck and rockwork?
“Sometimes moving away from a water feature is a desirable change,” says RPM Masonry founder Reto Marti, a trained stonemason and sculptor with over 30 years’ experience on the Saanich Peninsula doing home renovations and improvements of all kinds. “In some situations, it can limit your ability to use your garden or deck.”
Transform your existing spaces
Taking under-utilized features and turning them into something more usable is among Marti’s specialties. For one client, he transformed an old potting shed into a cozy indoor sitting area. He concreted over the building’s exterior to keep it cool in summer, installed recycled wood accents for design highlights, and built a new greenhouse off one side to maintain a replanting area.
“Projects like that are meant to help inspire you on a daily basis,” he says.
Here’s some other ways Marti’s handiwork and ideas can help you:
- Restore or freshen up what you have – Whether you’re aiming for a new look in your yard, or to update your home’s interior, using rock and tilework can enhance your landscape or improve your bathroom or kitchen. Applying open floor concepts is a great way to revitalize that room or outdoor space.
- Water can be a calming influence – While removing a pond may be on some people’s list of renovations, you may be looking to add the sound and beauty of a water feature to your outdoor space. Marti has years of experience creating waterscapes, big or small. It can provide you with a splash of life or that perfect relaxation place.
- Your new fireplace cast in stone – Always dreamed of having a stone fireplace to curl up around on those chilly winter nights? You can find custom fireplace ideas here or feel free to bring your own inspired vision to the table.
- Glimpse your potential finished project – Not sure how that idea you’ve presented – or worked on with Marti’s help – will look in your home? Using a state-of-the-art computer design program, he can create 3-D renderings that will give you a better sense of how your project might turn out.