Paradise views landscaping

Friday, March 29, 2013

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 "By Mike Dasilva"

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2012 Unilock Awards Toronto landscaping

Paradise views landscaping was awarded the best use of Umbriano again and was a finalist for the best outdoor living space. My designs are always functional first but it is important to make it ascetically pleasing.
The finalist

The winner
My customers use the words wow factor because my designs also have a punch and seem to stand out when put side by side with another designer. Years of running a  Toronto landscaping business on my own gives me a higher understanding of what people want because i see the whole picture and create the whole project from beginning to end where most who design do not build there projects and do not understand what will or will not work in a design. What do you think of my designs, let me know.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Unilock Select Products

New Styles of interlock seems to be causing a frenzy of homeowners to build patios in there backyards.
With paver quilting and banding you can make a small space quite beautiful and useful because condos are not set up very well as far sunlight  is concerned, it just makes sence for most people to build outdoor living spaces. We are also offering pool installations this year if we can make time because we are swamped with work. Book your hardscape install now for the late summer and save a few bucks.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Toronto Unilock Awards 2011

2011 has been an interesting year for Unilock contractors, i have seen some contractors slashing prices and others just fighting to survive, but you would never now it by going to the Unilock awards where it looks like all the top guys have stepped it up a notch, i assume these are not the guys slashing their prices because the quality of the work has increased.

There are only two ways to go when facing tough economic times, offer higher quality and better designs or lower prices but i believe higher quality always wins against lowering prices because people that can afford landscaping and interlock are usually in a better position to make a smart decision. When you are able to offer more design and better quality, people tend to sway to quality because after all this is your house and this represents you as an individual.
I was a finalist in the Unilock awards for the best residential use of Umbrianno for the second time, only this time i did not receive an award. The competition was tough this year and i agree with the decision that was made.
Toronto as a city i find it easier to find jobs because of the higher population but as far as finding big or award winning jobs, it's not so easy due to the smaller spaces although the demand from the customer is more because they want all the features of a larger property for example hot tubs, pergolas,water features and now outdoor fire places to be put into the design, it makes our jobs more difficult but makes the finished product look more detailed. Unfortunately i have to compete with companies from the country side where sure the business may be harder to find but the size of their properties surely make up for it, also their properties seem to win all the awards because of the size of the job and not always the creativity of the designer or quality of craftsmanship, this is what i am up against, i can not complain because i have had an excellent year and many more to come, i am now also servicing a larger area to try and get some of these big jobs, you know what they say if you can't beat them join them.
Anyways here are some photos of 2011 Unilock awards.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Article on Paradise Views Landscaping

I would strongly suggest reading this article written by Landscape hardscape design build magazine, called Maximizing small spaces about Paradise views landscaping. any feed back would be appreciated.
Thank you
Mike Dasilva
Paradise views landscaping

Friday, October 7, 2011

Landscaping tips for homeowners hiring companies 2011

The Tough economic times of 2011 for landscapers. This year has been very up and down for Paradise views but we have toughed out this year even with our competitors slashing their prices and sacrificing their quality to do this. I have seen some very shifty jobs this year performed by competing companies, they lowered their prices by 2 to 4 dollars a square foot and just told customers what they wanted to hear, as soon as they go to work all the corners get cut and the home owners don't suspect a thing, unfortunately people are naive to contractors who offer lower prices. Hopefully people read this and get an understanding that quality does not come cheap but an unsound job will cost you more in the long run, with fix ups and redoing things every couple years because the base is too thin. I can not stress enough the importance of correct installation methods for interlocking stone and retaining walls. Other contractors make me feel very good about myself and my services, they charged lower prices than i but the quality of workmanship was less than the best, very unprofessional workmanship and when i questioned their methods they responded "they pay cheap prices so this is what i do for that". These guys purposely take advantage of people who want to save money rather than suggesting cheaper materials or changing the design to be less costly. Don't be foolish people! do your research and ask what proper procedures are and make sure you check that they are following these methods during the course of the project even if it is after they leave for the day. Ask for references.