MAXIMIZING SUMMER LIVING
“There is definitely a trend towards people staying at home more and vacationing in their backyard,” says Benjamin Stapper, a landscape designer and horticultural specialist with Mackinnon Reid & Associates. “Clients are looking at the outdoors as a complete entertaining and living space, to create a kitchen, living and dining room without walls or ceilings.”
Outdoor living is now reaching sophisticated levels of comfort and convenience with fabulously furnished patios, elaborate porches, gorgeous gazebos, stunning summer kitchens and outdoor bars in naturally landscaped settings with beautiful pools and hot tubs. These elements all come together on a lovely Manotick property, where Benjamin designed a detailed landscaping plan that was implemented by the handy homeowner who happens to be a Carleton University professor.
The labour of love was an interesting project for the professor, who admits that