TREAT your­self

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - COLLEEN ZACHARIAS

WILL 2015 be the year that your land­scape un­der­goes a makeover or facelift? If you have ever de­clared, “Bah, hum­bug,” at the thought of in­vest­ing in a land­scape ren­o­va­tion, you have prob­a­bly also wished at times for an at­trac­tive, func­tional land­scape. One where you can re­lax in a space that works for you and your life­style and af­fords a greater, more in­ti­mate de­gree of pri­vacy. Now, if only you knew where to start. All you need is the right in­spi­ra­tion and ex­pert ad­vice for a smart de­sign that en­hances your prop­erty, gives you a view worth look­ing at, and pro­vides so­lu­tions to chal­lenges. Wait­ing un­til spring to talk to an ex­pert can re­sult in the de­lay of another year. Win­ter is the per­fect time to be­gin lay­ing the ground­work for how your land­scape will be­gin its trans­for­ma­tion. Keith Lemkey is the owner of Lemkey Land­scape De­sign, an award win­ning de­sign-build firm that was rec­og­nized this year by Na­tional Land­scape mag­a­zine as one of the top four land­scape de­sign firms in Canada. Lemkey touts the ad­van­tages of de­sign-build, which es­sen­tially means that the de­signer and con­trac­tor is one and the same per­son, and some­one who will be in­volved right through to the com­ple­tion of the project. Lemkey rec­om­mends that home­own­ers who are plan­ning to ren­o­vate their land­scape be­gin by in­ter­view­ing two or three land­scape de­sign­ers. When you are shop­ping for a de­signer, says Lemkey, it is im­por­tant that there is a con­nec­tion that takes place. The home­owner should feel con­fi­dent they are talk­ing to some­one who can see their vi­sion for the land­scape even when the home­owner can’t fully

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