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Tropical Paradise

Surrey, British Columbia

After years spent traveling, these homeowners wanted to spend more time at home — making their property more accessible while recreating the tropical look and feel they love.

The Vision

The best thing about traveling is being in an exotic location… so why not recreate that experience in your own back yard? That’s what these homeowners thought when circumstances limited their ability to travel.

They had a vision for their property that included all the tropical features they love, including a private area to relax in the sun with a good book and a place to entertain family and friends.

The Design

After listening carefully to the homeowners, it was determined that the design style that best reflected their tastes and lifestyle was “elegant traditional” with a modern flair.

There was limited access to the property from the street, making it difficult to get our big excavating equipment into the backyard — so we opted to use smaller equipment. We managed to successfully level the yard to make it more accessible, even though it took a little longer to get the job done.

To give their backyard a vacation vibe, we created an outdoor living area adjacent to the house, featuring a grill centre, dining area and a place to relax around a free-standing gas firepit. The entire area is covered by a custom pergola to define the area and provide some shade. The stonework surrounding the grill blends seamlessly with the home’s exterior and matches the elegant retaining wall that separates the living space from the garden beyond.

In a separate part of the yard we built a private area with louvered slats so the homeowners could sit outside on their loungers and enjoy some private time relaxng in the sun. Clean lines and decorative metal panels provide an air of sophistication — and the misting feature we added gives them respite from the blazing summer sun.

To achieve a modern feel, we used high-end materials, including large porcelain tiles and natural stone. To keep the yard looking crisp, clean and easy to maintain we used synthetic turf rather than sod between the two areas. The homeowners now have an elegant, tropical paradise in their own backyard — and the perfect spot to “staycation”.

  • A Natural Stone Retaining Wall

    A natural stone retaining wall defines the space, separating the patio from the garden. Soft undercap lighting adds to the ambiance and enhances the natural beauty of the stone.
  • A Entertaining Area

    Entertaining is a breeze when you have all you need right outside your door — including designated grill, dining and living areas. A beautiful pergola adds a tropical feel and provides airy protection from the sun.
  • A Private Area

    A private area with louvered slats gives the homeowners a place to read and relax in the sun. Decorative metal panels provide an air of sophistication and a misting feature helps keep them cool on the hottest days.

Ready for a change of scenery?

Request a consultation with Vandenberg today. Call 604-866-3023, email, or tell us about your vision using the form below.