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Amazing Property Renewal on Kawagama Lake in Dorset, Ontario

Amazing Property Renewal on Kawagama Lake in Dorset, Ontario

April 14, 2024

Artisan Landscapes was contacted to come to an existing family cottage on Kawagama Lake just outside of Dorset, Ontario (45 minutes from Huntsville, Ontario) to give the property a fresh new look that would have long-lasting utility and add to the visual appeal of the cottage. Our project management team devised a design, and our hardscape and softscape crews came together to bring the project to fruition.


Install a granite stair access with granite retaining and perennial planting spaces to the two sides of the house facing the driveway. Remove all trees and invasive weeds from the area. Install seven 5’ granite stair treads and granite feature stones to create a front access that ties into the featured perennial planting areas on both sides of the house. Front stair access would have two five-foot granite flagstone landings for comfortable access while maximizing driveway space. Granite feature stones will be used to create displays in the open garden areas, while fitted walls will retain stairs and separate gardens from the driveway area. All perennial planting areas will be prepped with premium topsoil and ready for planting. All perennial plantings will be installed and designed for beautiful blooming displays throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. All planting areas will be dressed with mulch to help retain moisture and control weeds.


Scrape out organics and widen the driveway wherever possible. Install 5/8’ granite crush on all driveway areas. Compact new gravel for a beautiful finish that will also help control erosion.


Install timber retaining walls where necessary. Backfill retaining walls with wood piles to amend the grade, allow for better drainage, and prevent erosion. Install timber retaining wall by basement doors, furnished with a live-edge wood slab, and install patio slabs of the customer’s choosing in the remaining areas under the deck. This will create an outdoor barbecue area. Install river rock where necessary to prevent erosion from drainage coming from the driveway side of the house. Blend the grade of the patio stones into the existing lawn and dress all areas disturbed by machines with topsoil and grass seed.

Location: Dorset, ON

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Products Used

granite stair treads, granite armour stone, premium topsoil, premium mulch

Client Review

Last year we went looking for a company who could help us with landscaping and cleaning up the outside of our cottage. We have owned it for 18 years and have never done anything with the outside other than our deck and dock. We were looking for help with ideas of design and replacing all the existing foliage and trees that had become overgrown and too close to the cottage. After consulting with a number of companies, we lucked in to Artisan Landscaping. Because our cottage is 3 hours from home, a lot of conversation was done on whatsapp, which Jeff happily did for us. He went to the cottage and called and started giving us ideas. We had a final meeting with both Jeff and Frank before we gave them the go ahead. They both made us feel confident that they knew what they were doing. Not only were we extremely happy with the results, but also with the timeliness and how the project was completed within the budget. We were in touch every step of the way and they addressed all our questions and concerns. We liked them so much, we have asked to be put on their list for annual spring and fall cleanup. Peter and I would not hesitate to recommend this company.

- Brenda J