Because of the cost, we just kept putting this work off. But finally, five years later, we decided to bite the bullet and get the landscaping done. The pooling of water (and freezing during the winter) around the foundation of the house is a no-no. We didn't want to end up with foundation problems- a common problem in Montreal.
Here are some pictures of the before:
The sloping retaining wall:
Walkway sloping towards the house:
The pavers are old but I actually don't mind the pattern. In addition, my driveway is paved with these pavers and it's in great condition. So in an effort to save some money I decided to reuse the existing pavers. The contractor tried to convince us to just change to new pavers, driveway included, but to no avail.
We also decided to complete the backyard by adding a paved pad near the spa- a perfect tanning location.
Old entrance into the backyard:
Here is the drawing I gave the contractor:
This is a photocopy of the house plans. I just drew in the paver section around the house and the backyard indicating the instructions relating to the size and which pavers to use.
The contractor laughed at me when I gave him the above sheet but at least he knew exactly what I wanted.
I'll post the after pictures very soon.