Friday, November 29, 2013

How to make Fence Posts last longer in the ground:

What are these fence builders doing?  Painting the ends of posts? Good guess, but that isn't paint. That is a 2 part epoxy that is entirely waterproof. It is also much harder than wood once it cures, so if you seal the post above ground level a little it will prevent damage from weed trimmers and the like.

Sealing the end grain with epoxy is like plugging up the end of a straw and will help prevent the wood from absorbing moisture from the concrete footing.

Rot typically forms within 6" of the surface, where the ground has plenty of moisture and oxygen to start the wood rotting. If you can make the post non-porous, the moisture cannot enter.

What does it cost?  A couple of hours work and roughly a couple hundred for materials to do an average yard.

How long will it increase durability?  I would expect a decade or more--however we have only been offering this option for a few ask me again in 40 or 50 years.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

A Pavilion in Toronto- Design by Paul Corsetti

This is a project that came from our Landscape Designer in Toronto, Paul Corsetti. He came up with the concept and working drawings, and our builder Luke Simonovski did a masterful job of putting it all together!


This permanent foundation pavilion (gazebo as some may call it), has real stone cladding, solid coping and is made with Red Cedar that was pre-finished. Copper flashings and gutters help add to the timeless look--and Paul's design  makes it blend with the existing landscape architecture and structural elements.

 The formal stone fireplace and garden furniture makes this feature a cozy spot for cool evenings for friends and family to gather around the fire!

Projects like this always have a designer involved, so your first step is to get in touch with Paul if you are in the Toronto or GTA for a design consultation. You can reach Paul at 416 455-5515.

by Lawrence Winterburn