Our vision is to rid the world of bare balconies and terraces, by transforming them into beautiful outdoor living experiences.

In all we do,  we are guided by our values:

  • Relationships first

  • Creating Beauty, Delight and Emotional Gratification

  • Positive Experiences

  • Sustainability

  • Community & belonging

We abide by The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you have them do unto you".

Our Story

Garden Connections' first balcony transformations were created in the winter of 2012-13. The first balcony upgrades for model suites represented a steep learning curve for us. They were successful for our clients, selling out quickly - but we did not find instant success. The first few years were particularly humbling. Our fabrication and installation was one by one custom work (that translates into "slow"). Our website was confusing. Many potential customers decided our creations cost more than they wished to pay. We realized our product and services isn’t for everyone. False starts meant we spent more than we were taking in. But we stuck with it.

We listened to our customers, condo boards, council members and property managers. We consulted condominium law experts, insurers, engineers and architects who design high-rise buildings. We became experts in the ecosystem of our market space. 

Fred Hann Beautiful Balconies and Terraces

Since early in 2012, Garden Connections has been focused on making it easy for the owners of luxury condominiums to transform their bare balconies and terraces into beautiful extensions of their homes.

At Garden Connections, quality isn’t a single thing. It is everything. It is in the beautiful design, the selection of materials, and the fabrication procedures that come together to transform bare balconies and terraces into beautiful outdoor spaces with refined finishes and uncompromising style. It is in the installation procedures we follow while we are in your home. It is in the care we take of each client, to create outdoor living experiences that are quite simply without equal.

Some say that we are obsessed. Yes, thank you. We are!

Founded by Frederick Hann, an award winning master landscape architect, is driven to design and create the most beautiful balconies and terraces in the world for buyers and owners of luxury condominium homes.

We take pride in what we create.  Our pursuit of excellence continues.

To learn more about our Founder go to: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fhann/

 

OUR PROMISE To YOU

Personalized Design - Just For You

Turn to the Experts

You are a busy person. That means you focus on where you excel, and you know when to turn to experts. Garden Connections designers, fabricators and installers are experts in creating beautiful outdoor living spaces for luxury condominium homes.

 

 

Design Concierge Service

From the moment you start envisioning the transformation of your bare balcony to the day your outdoor living space is completed, you are guided along the path of the Beautiful Balcony Solution™ Program by your Design Concierge.

 

Personalized Design

The Beautiful Balcony Solution™ Program offers designs created by professional designers. Choose from a collection of versatile designs, and your Design Concierge will personalize and adapt it to fit your balcony dimensions, creating a one-of-a-kind outdoor space matched to your needs and personal style. You do the fun part, we do the work !

 

 

Procurement Is Easy

Once you are a Garden Connections client, you will have access to The Private Client Area where you, as a privileged member, will find exclusive  information, guides, and access to products, accessories matched to your chosen balcony design, as well as useful services such as semi-annual maintenance, event decor and more. Everything to enhance your outdoor living experience.

Complete Your Beautiful Life™

Case Study of a Balcony Transformation

 

 
 

OVERVIEW
 

Our clients, the T's", are the Founder and CEO of a UK-based information technology business and his executive partner, who were in the process of establishing a North American base for their enterprise. We met them when they had just completed the purchase of their premium suite, in the heart of Toronto. The T's wanted to know what could be done with their bare balcony?

Our Design Concierge visited the T's in their home, to view the suite, the balcony and discuss their desires and expectations.

The balcony (107 s.f.), is situated high above street level on the south-west corner of the building. It enjoys fantastic views of the downtown and the lake, with full exposure to sun and prevailing summer breezes. Access to the balcony is from the open concept living room of the suite.

 
 
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DESIRES

The T's were looking for a place to enjoy coffee in the morning sunlight, a comfortable chair for relaxing after a run along the lakeshore trails, and an outdoor space to savour a successful day with pre-dinner drinks, looking out over the sunset.


AMBIANCE

With contemporary taste, the T's were looking for a feeling of comfort and relaxed Old-World sophistication.


NEEDS

We recommended a contemporary design, furnished with a deep lounge chair oriented to the afternoon sun, a round table and four chairs, and easy access to the railing and the ‘prow’ of the balcony, for the thrill of looking down to the city streets below.


 
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DESIGN

Looking through our design library, the T's selected a contemporary design, in the form of an angled oval  spanning the width of the balcony, in a combination of natural sandstone and exotic hardwood, with perimeter lighting on the oval shape and the balcony rectangle.

Garden Connections’ designer and technician produced the design and technical drawings, personalized to the T's requests, then met with them to review the design, and the anticipated cost. 

OPTIONS

As busy executives, the T's chose our Signature service package, with Garden Connections developing the project Design Brief, as well as preparing the Upgrade Application for approval by their Condo Board.

The T's also had the option of choosing additional components, such as additional light fixtures, everlasting plants and planters, heaters, or a custom treillage screen.

Eager to get started, they said "Let's keep it simple, for now".

 

FURNITURE

The T's worked with our affiliated interior designer, at Ideas+Design,  who helped them select balcony furniture that would complement their choices for their living room furniture, artwork and floor coverings. This ensured that form, style and colour were all harmonized.

The T's selected a settee, ottoman and dining chairs, from our partners at Jardin de Ville. They also fell in love with an antique French marble and cast iron bistro table, perfect for their space.

 
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Condo Board Approval

Once the design details were accepted by the T's, Garden Connections finalized the Design Brief and took care of  all the details of preparing the Upgrade Application for the Condo Board, including advising the Property Manager of the impending upgrade request.

All the T's had to do was to provide a copy of their insurance certificate, and review and sign the application.The application was approved at the next Board meeting and we were ready to roll.

Amendments: After some thought, the T's  decided to switch the areas of stone and wood in their proposed design, to make the oval in stone. Not a problem! Garden Connections advised the Property Manager of the change, to ensure everyone was on the same page.

 

Fabrication & Installation

In this phase, all the T's had to do was set a date for Garden Connections to do the installation the finished balcony. They could keep busy with the rest of the lives, while we got the work done.

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FABRICATION

All the necessary materials were purchased by Garden Connections and fabricated to precise dimensions  in our workshop by our experienced craftsmen. The perimeter wood and stone ellipse decking and chassis were cut to receive the LED low-voltage lighting.

The complete balcony assembly and components were pre-assembled to ensure it met Garden Connections' quality standards.

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DELIVERY

With everything tagged, wrapped and bagged at the workshop, Garden Connections staff contacted the concierge and security to book the elevator for delivery.

The delivery included the balcony assembly components, and also materials to protect our clients’ floors and furniture during the installation.

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INSTALLATION

We work with master stone masons and experienced cabinet makers to create  outdoor finishes as carefully executed as you would expect inside your home.

The install took our crew just a few days to complete. That’s a few days of disruption for clients who are living in their suite, though in this case the T's were in the UK during the installation.

 


Project Outcome

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THE REVEAL

Our clients returned to their Toronto home, to a finished balcony, ready for celebration and enjoyment with a bottle of champagne.

"Lovely!" they proclaimed.

A few minor tweaks were taken care of in subsequent weeks to everyone’s satisfaction.

 

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TIMELINE

Design concierge meeting: 2 hours

Development of Design Brief: 1 week (longer for bespoke designs)

Upgrade Application Preparation: 1 day

Condo Board Approval – Monthly

Fabrication: 1 week

Installation: 2-3 days                        (longer for larger balconies)

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BUDGET

Signature Package: Design Brief & Upgrade Application:                  $  1,250

Fabrication & Install:                  $26,600

Furniture and accessories: Purchased by owners.

 

Lasting enjoyment, in all seasons, day and night: Included


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