With the arrival of spring, homeowners are looking to revive and refresh different parts of their home —and the outdoor living space is no exception. In fact, Canadian homeowners are dedicated to turning their decks, pools, and gardens into truly spectacular spaces.
With that in mind, EiEiHome spoke with Hannah Taylor of Hotwire Electric, a GTA electrical company specializing in custom homes and new construction, about some creative ways that an electrical contractor can help energize a home’s outdoor living spaces.
“Adding lighting and accents throughout the space is usually started by a consultation with a lighting expert like we have at Hotwire,” Taylor says. “Or even in collaboration with your landscape architect or designers”.
Gardens and Walkways
Landscape lighting in gardens and walkways creates a magical palette of shadows and light. The interplay allows you to enjoy the beauty of your outdoor space in a different way than you would under the sun.
“[To make this happen] we work closely to integrate the space, the use, the client’s vision along with the latest in lighting products,” Taylor says. “We assign a foreman and lighting expert to the site to conduct a thorough needs analysis. [During this meeting] we discuss the vision and bring along samples of products so the client can see the actual fixtures we will install”.
What we are seeing now is that the deck is truly a room on its own. The old, dusty patio set is now a sectional that rivals the living room seating, the bbq has become an outdoor kitchen, and those old patio lanterns are now a beautifully integrated lighting scheme.
“Decks are a fantastic use of space,” Taylor states. “[When it comes to lighting] how about adding stair lighting? Or perhaps in-floor lighting?
“So many options are available and with the right design, lighting is everything to space”.
Of course, lighting isn’t the only way that an electrical contractor can help homeowners maximize their outdoor living spaces. If you have a pool or are thinking about having one installed, you’ll want to speak with an electrical contractor about heating technology, even if you’ve been considering heating with solar.
“Like other heating methods, solar heating does have its drawbacks: What if the sun’s not out? On windy or cloudy days solar energy obviously, won’t do the job adequately. [It’s] best to have a backup natural gas or electric heater if you want to swim on those days”.
For those with concerns about the cost of using a traditional pool heater, Taylor explains how recent advancements have improved their efficiency.
“There are now automation panels that save energy and are on schedules all automated from a touch of a button on remote,” Taylor says.
To learn more about how Hotwire Electric can help energize your outdoor living space, view their listing here on EiEi Home.
Speculation about the future of Toronto’s red-hot real estate market is an everyday conversation piece, with journalists, economists, real estate brokers, policy-makers, and investors all having opinions. Will the steadily rising property values in Toronto (often speculated to be a “real estate bubble”) continue to climb in the coming years? Will foreign investment play a larger role in occupancy, prices, and density? And in particular, will the condo market reflect the boom of non-condo residential property values, and to what extent?
First, consider the fact that this mythical “bubble” is really not one at all. Robin Wiebe, a senior economist with the Conference Board of Canada,