Landscaping in Marda Loop, Calgary

Whilst being minutes from Downtown Calgary and shopping on 33rd Ave, this contemporary home in Marda Loop, Calgary features multi-leveled landscaping to accommodate the many different grades.

Despite this Marda Loop, Calgary property being situated on quite a small lot, our aim was still to create a landscape with many different aspects. With this in mind, the first task was to create some level areas to work with whilst not taking up to much of the valuable space

Concept Breakdown:

  • 52000lbs of Rundle 3-5″ hand stacked retaining walls built around front yard to create level landscaped area
  • Roman Euro Paving Stone patio’s built in front and back for seating areas
  • 4 custom steps built with incorporated LED step lights to front upper patio.
  • Stairs with landing,shelf and 2 directional split; going to back patio and deck above garage. All built with footings, piles, rebar and block for strength, and then faced in pavers to match patio’s,
  • Cedar Fence, Gate and Arbor; built in custom horizontal style with lighting along property line and along back concrete wall for privacy
  • 4×6 Pressure-treated retaining wall on West side of property to deal with neighbors landscape grade built with concreted posts 3ft into ground every 4 ft
  • Plantings throughout property to enhance hardscapes, all done with Nutri-loam premium soil for best growing results.
  • Fully automated irrigation system through out property with conduits for future pots along upper deck, by front door and on mid-level back stair landing
  • Low voltage lighting system through out the property

Obstacles to Overcome:

  • Installing the landscape with no machine access, due to a ‘city tree’ and a new concrete sidewalk preventing any access at front. Heated driveway allowing for very little storage at back.
  • Running conduits to all areas in back yard for current and future possible irrigation and lighting options
  • Dealing with drainage in backyard upper level
  • Designing stairs that went in three directions to two separate levels, whilst working with many different wall angles.