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CASE STUDIES

Examples of the balcony and terrace transformations we’ve created

 

SUMMER RETREAT IN THE CITY

Who:         Mature couple downsizes from a large family home with beautiful gardens and move into a luxury urban penthouse
Where:      West-end Toronto
What        Terrace (1,200 s.f.) – south-west corner exposure to sun and prevailing winds
Concept:   Classic style design with four outdoor rooms and changes of level. Mix of wood and sandstone decking, lighting, shade system, water feature, irrigation system, plantscape, accessories and new furniture.
Budget:     $200,000+

 

EMPTY-NESTERS DOWNSIZE FOR RETIREMENT

Who:         Semi-retired, empty-nest executive couple downsizes to the freedom of a penthouse condo
Where:      West-end Toronto
What:        Three roof terraces: master bedroom (80 s.f.), kitchen (120 s.f.)and living room (185 s.f.). West and north-west exposure
Concept:   Contemporary style. Terraces subdivided into activity settings according to owners desires. Mix of wood and sandstone decking, lighting, shade system, plantscape, accessories and new furniture
Budget:     $75,000+

 

ARCHITECT & EXECUTIVE COUPLE PREPARE FOR DOWNTOWN LIFESTYLE

Who:         Semi-retired professional couple with weekend urban condo retreat and escape hatch
Where:      Downtown Toronto, entertainment district
What:        Balcony (105 s.f.) on 30th floor, north-west corner
Concept:   Contemporary Asian style. Space subdivided into three areas: lounging, dining and focal point. Wood and sandstone decking, lighting, antique Japanese stone lantern, plantscape and furniture. Symbolic “bridge” at doorway.
Budget:     $25,000 - $30,000

 

MEDIA EXECUTIVE GETS AN EAGLE’S NEST VANTAGE POINT

Who:         Week-day city residence for a media executive, with a short walk to work, and a weekend small-town Ontario retreat.
Where:      Downtown Toronto
What:        Corner balcony (100-125 s.f.) on 40th floor, south-west corner. Full exposure to sun and prevailing summer winds
Concept:   Contemporary style, direct access to living room. Sandstone decking with stone border, treillage , lighting, plantscape of ornamental grasses, furniture.
Budget:    $15,000 - $20,000

 

SOFTWARE EXECUTIVE GETS ENTERTAINMENT PAD

Who:        Software executive with business life split between Toronto and “The Valley” creates a city residence, short walk to HQ offices. Works hard, plays hard
Where:      Downtown Toronto, the edge of the financial and entertainment districts
What:        Corner balcony (100+ s.f.) on 40th floor, south-west corner. Full exposure to sun and prevailing summer winds
Concept:   Contemporary style, direct access to living room. Sandstone decking with stone border, trelliage screen to guest bedroom window, lighting, plantscape – ornamental grasses and furniture.
Budget:    $20,000 - $25,000

 

INVESTOR UPGRADES RENTAL CONDO FOR SENIOR EXECUTIVE RENTERS

Who:         Real estate investor who wants to keep his long-term tenant
Where:      Downtown Toronto, the edge of the financial and entertainment districts
What:        Large balcony (300+ s.f.) on 50th floor, east facing . Full exposure to morning sun.
Concept:   Contemporary style, direct access to living room. Sandstone and wood decking, Treillage, mirror. Lighting, plantscape – ornamental grasses and furniture.
Budget:     $35,000 - $40,000

 

AFFLUENT SINGLES GET BESPOKE CONDO HOMES

Who:         Condo Developer of Low-rise Boutique Condos
Where:      Beaches area, East Toronto
What:        Roof terraces (190 s.f.) on level 4 roof, east and west facing . Full exposure to sun and prevailing summer winds
Concept:   Contemporary style, direct access to level 4 media room. Sandstone and wood decking, treillage, lighting, plantscape, accessories, BBQ and furniture
Budget:     $25,000 - $35,000

 

TESTIMONIALS


"When I bought my condo in one of the first things I had to do was to transform the harshness of the cold, bare balcony. It was like a bleak, forgotten space attached to my suite!... The Garden Connections results are awesome! Their design has expanded the feeling of spaciousness in my suite and at night the lighting has eliminated that black box void feeling next to my living room... I think it is extremely unique and cool!"

— PETER T.

 

"The balcony created by Garden Connections is my favourite part of my condo home."

— DAVID H.

 

"We first came across Garden Connections during a visit to an Open House event at the building. Our first impression was WOW, this is really a fantastic idea!

The Garden Connections team worked with us each step of the way to create the design concept, presentation drawings, implementation of the installation work and the most important step was the long... process of approval required by our Condo Board. The Garden Connections team did heavy lifting with the Condo Board."

— JASON AND ANGELA L

 

"Fantastic, I am very happy with the result! It looks spectacular at night."

— PETER M.

 

"I moved into my new condo in early 2014 and as the cold weather cleared I started to peer outside and recognized the cold, concrete balcony wasn’t a welcoming space and didn’t fit the design or overall feel of my condo. 

With some investigation, I found Fred Hann and his team at Garden Connections who showed me some fantastic balcony designs. After a detailed consultation, they provided a comprehensive design that added a whole new space to my condo. 

Garden Connections worked with the Condo Board and building management to complete the project in a timely and professional manner. I have found the Garden Connections excellent to deal with; they have created a unique outdoor space for my Toronto condo that is truly spectacular."

— JEFFREY S.

 

"We had a very positive experience with Garden Connections in creating the upgrades to our three balcony terraces. The wood and stone decking look great. And at night, with the lighting, it looks fantastic."

— ROBERTA H. AND GINO S.

 

"The Japanese style upgrade that Garden Connections created for my balcony is quite beautiful. The simplicity of the layout and the materials are very nice, and at night it looks wonderful from the inside."

— SAID Z.

FROM CONDO DEVELOPERS
 

"The incredible outdoor balcony spaces created by Garden Connections bring the inside to the outside and marry the two together…It’s an important selling feature when people look to the outside they say, wow, I now know what I can do with it. I think the balconies you have created have been helpful with sales.  Whenever you can do something unique that enhances the lifestyle of condominium living it adds to the appeal of your product."

— VICE-PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING

"The design concepts and plans Garden Connections created for the balconies and terraces in our new developments are beautiful. The upgrades to balconies and terraces are attractive for new buyers."

— V.P. SALES