Monday, 8 May 2017

A Design For An Outdoor Living Space

With Limited Room To Work With

Owen Landscape Architect has just completed a design for an outdoor living space in the golf course community of Lora Bay, located outside of the town of Thornbury - a few hours north of Toronto. 

Although the site presented some challenges due to it's small size versus the client's wish list - the design came out beautifully! 

The program called for: a walkout deck from the master bedroom to a lounging deck featuring a wood burning fireplace; a hot tub; an area for a barbecue; a storage shed; and a small swimming pool.

The most dramatic element is a linear pergola that aligns with the house chimney and bisects the space, crossing over the swimming pool and terminating with a water feature that spills into the pool.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Outdoor Living Courtyard in Doulton Estates, Mississauga



3D Rendering


The concept refined and labelled.

View from dining area looking towards the living room pavilion.
Note the water feature set on top of the plinth.

A close-up view of the outdoor living room pavilion.

The view from the lawn area showing the private lounging area in the foreground.

The focal point: a linear gas fireplace set into the backdrop/privacy wall.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


A Detailed Concept Plan

Bypassing the usual procedure, which is the more schematic initial conceptual design; in this example I refined the concept. Spending this amount of time can be risky as the client may shoot it down, but I felt that this design direction was a good one and am therefore willing to take the chance!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Rosedale Outdoor Living Space

The Complete Transformation of a Small City Back Yard

alt=raised planters wrap around a ground level deck that has an arrangement of outdoor furniture centred on a fire table | a pergola overtop spans the full width of the backyard with outdoor heaters suspended above the deck and a roof over an outdoor kitchen
The outdoor living room is encapsulated by wrap-around raised planters and an overhead pergola

alt=deck podium clad in tropical hardwood | outdoor furniture arranged around a fire table | suspended has heaters | ornamental grass in foreground planter
The pergola beam spans the full width of the yard. The 4X4 rafters matching the scale of the beam.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Nottawa Pool Cabana

Located on an estate property in Nottawa, a hamlet just outside of Collingwood.

The owner's where initially looking to create a pergola structure at the one end of the pool to afford them some some sun protection and a place to create an outdoor living area.

Given the restrictions, I came up with the idea of creating a cabana centred on the length of the pool - an iconic structure that would function as a de facto outdoor living room - with a permanent roof.

The entire family can fit comfortably in the structure. A mock fireplace was a key design element, as it anchors the space. Cabinets where built flanking the fireplace.

Lighting was an important design element

Natural Stone Veneer - not the fake stuff.
Jerry Patten of L, Patten & Sons Ltd did an incredible job building the cabana!

The architect enjoying the space he had envisioned way back in the conceptual stage.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Town of the Blue Mountains Front Entrance

Blue Mountains Front Entry

Owen Landscape Architect discovered this sculptural specimen after having visited a number of nurseries. It is a "Blue Alps Juniper Serpentine"

Rustic planters made from corrugated metal given a rust patina provide an effective grounding for this split level ranch-style home located in the Town of the Blue Mountains.