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If it’s on your mind right now, why wait to book your winter property maintenance.

If you shrug it off today, you might not remember until the first snow falls. All the prime service slots will be taken by then, leaving your property inaccessible or partially blocked when your customers or tenants need access.

Customize your service to get exactly what you need

Commercial property maintenance and multi-unit residential property maintenance require more than one-size-fits-all solutions.

Our fleet of snow removal equipment includes:

  • Commercial plows.
  • Loaders and trucks.
  • Snow blowers.
  • Ice melt spreaders.
  • And, of course, shovels and elbow grease.

We can clear and deice every drive, parking lot and sidewalk on your site.

Don’t worry about the salt

Salt-free deicing solutions significantly reduce the impact on your landscape when the snow runs off, and reduces the impact on pets, ponds and everything else you’ll find on your property.

You can also show customers and tenants your holiday spirit by opting in for tasteful festive lighting installation.

Book early (like right now!) to get the most of your contract, including lighting installation. It’s the best way to ensure you get exactly what you need this winter.

When the unexpected happens, call us!

We’re on call 24/7 to make sure your commercial property is clear and accessible when you need.

Book your winter property maintenance now so you don’t have to compete for the time slot you want.

Wait too long and you could miss out on the service you rely on entirely.

To ensure we provide timely, responsive service, we only accept a set number of winter snow removal contracts.

Call today to create your custom winter snow and ice removal program and enjoy peace of mind when the weather gets bad this winter.

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How an irrigation system saves you money

Most commercial property owners use one of the following options to keep plants on the property healthy and attractive.

  • Hand watering at night or in the morning.
  • Putting out sprinklers on an as-needed schedule.
  • Manually running a sprinkler-based irrigation system in the evening.

Each of these solutions has obvious downsides.

They are inefficient, either in the time you have to commit or the loss of water through evaporation and blanket watering.

A drip irrigation system is the best way to save the time and money waste your watering routine causes.

How?

Timing and volume

A drip irrigation system delivers water to the roots of your plants in the right volume at the right time of day.

Hand watering or sprinkler watering inevitably result in water loss through evaporation and run off.

Watering straight to the roots avoids evaporation caused by wind and by sun exposure, and allows you to more accurately distribute the amount of water a plant needs –avoiding overwatering and losing resources to the water table below the roots

Use your time wisely

Hand watering plants at your property isn’t the best use of your time. Managing a property involves all kinds of essential work, and the amount of time you commit to hand watering plants eats into your productivity in other areas.

An automated drip irrigation system takes this job completely off your plate.

Instead of watering daily or weekly, you just make time for 1 annual maintenance visit and the system takes care of the rest.

Take human error out of the equation

Smart controllers including evapotranspiration (ET) technology can save water by using local weather data to help determine when to water. ET helps take human error out of the equation and determines the amount of water based on scientific information, making it more precise for those operating the system.

Rain sensors, another technology, help avoid watering the yard during and after a rainstorm.

Site conditions determine your system design

Modern irrigation systems are more advanced than aging systems, and today your irrigation system design can account for:

  • Type of soil and infiltration rate.
  • Plant type, treatment and placement.
  • Grading.
  • Climate.
  • Localized slopes.
  • Wind and sun exposure.
  • Water availability.

And, of course, budget.

The amount of water you deliver to a plant should never exceed the plant and soil’s ability to absorb it. Every drip of water wasted is money out of your pocket.

We don’t discourage sprinkler systems, we just love drip systems

Sprinkler-type irrigation systems can be far more efficient today than they were in the past.

The right schedule of watering and the right type and placement of sprinkler head can keep your grass looking great without significant water waste. And of course these systems can be automated too.

However you want to water the plants on your property, our team can help you design and build the most cost efficient system.

Call today and tell us about your property

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You have a beautiful landscaped property, but it’s missing something.

Your entertaining space is nice, but feels incomplete.

An outdoor kitchen could be in your future. It’s a defining home feature that makes your home more uniquely yours than anything else.

It’s an investment in the outdoor and family-entertaining lifestyle you live, and it increases the value (and appeal) of your house in the competitive southern Ontario real estate market.

When you contract a builder to create your outdoor kitchen, don’t take a back seat. It’s important to stay present through the process so you are never surprised by the choices your builder make, and to make sure your wants and needs are always part of the process.

Follow these tips and avoid any surprises as your outdoor kitchen comes together.

Spend lots of time planning

Poor planning sets the stage for a poorly executed outdoor kitchen. It’s not a rush, more time spent on the front end of the project with detailed planning pays off with faster build times and better communication with your contractor.

Measure your space, draw out a plan. Make some calls for quotes on materials, appliances, landscaping, etc…

Write out your intended use for the kitchen and get specific.

  • Don’t just write cooking. What kind of meals will you cook? What size groups will you entertain? How often will you use the kitchen? Will you transport things back and forth between your main kitchen, or do you expect your outdoor kitchen to be fully self-sufficient?

Get the details down so you are clear when you sit down with a contractor to talk about it.

Learn about the current technology

It’s probably been a while since you bought a new dishwasher or refrigerator.

A lot has changed in the last few years, so it’s wise to look into these changes and get a firm grasp of what’s available.

An outdoor fridge had to be brought in over the winter 10 years ago. Today, you just unplug it and leave it outside.

Your kitchen as part of the landscape

The materials in the design of your outdoor kitchen should be dictated by the home and your landscaping.

Use the same trim and stone you find on the exterior of the home and in the landscape.

Continuity is the key to making an outdoor kitchen that enhances your house and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Build it proportionally

If your home is large, you can opt for a large outdoor kitchen.

If your home is more modest, build a more modest-sized kitchen (we’re just talking size here. You can be as luxurious in the finishes and appliances as you want).

Smart designs incorporate numerous structural elements to make a kitchen fit into its surroundings, including pergolas, screens and plantings.

Some high end kitchens even work in a water feature that interacts with landscaping out into the property.

If you want it, bring it up with your builder.

Think about where…

People using the pool shouldn’t have to walk past a hot grill to get a cold drink.

Guests sitting at the table shouldn’t be bathed in smoke from the grill.

You shouldn’t be too far from friends and family while cooking outside to talk and catch up.

  • Where will you put food after you take it off the grill?
  • Where will you put a dirty pot?
  • What will you do with food waste and packaging?

The more you think about the kitchen as part of a whole functional space, the better (of course, your designer is here to help you with that. You don’t have to be the expert; you just have to think about it).

Lights are more important than you realize

Grilling food in the dark doesn’t work, so you need task lighting.

Eating food and chatting with friends and family doesn’t work in the dark, so you need ambient lighting.

Combined kitchen and dining areas, like your outdoor kitchen, should have ambient, ornamental and task lighting just like the interior of your house does.

Everything should go on dimmer switches, so you can set the mood you want any time.

Outdoor cooking gives opportunities to do things you don’t normally do with an indoor kitchen.

  • Searing steaks over very high heat.
  • Smoking ribs for hours.
  • Cooking pizza in a wood-fired.

It’s all better and more enjoyable outdoors. Your kitchen design has to enable everything you want to do more of.

We can help you design an outdoor kitchen your family will love, and handle all the building work, keeping you involved through the entire process.

This is a partnership for a more personal job than many home renovations. Your outdoor kitchen will serve your family for years so it’s important to get it right.

Give us a call today to talk about your vision and find out if we are the right fit to build your new luxury outdoor kitchen.

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