Custom Patio Fireplace

This month we look at a fireplace product on a customer’s patio.

The customer had a small brick fireplace situated on a large 1000 sq. ft. stamped concrete patio with curved front.

Fireplace on patio

It was determined that the customer desired a much larger fireplace with mantle and wood boxes on either side of the fireplace.

We selected a large fireplace unit built out of concrete pavers with pre-made mantles and trim. The wood boxes on either side of the fireplace have matching concrete slab tops which makes perfect table tops/areas for parties and storage.

Fireplace screen on patio

The entire unit when we was finished measures over 9 feet long, 8.5 feet high and approximately 5 feet deep.

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Mid-Vancouver Island Plans Ahead for Snow Removal!

Snow removalWhile snow can be pretty and make children’s wishes of no school in the morning come true, it can also be a messy hassle for homeowners, especially if you live on mid-Vancouver Island.

It might not be here now but you know it will show it’s chilly face at some point.

Depending on where you live and how much snow you are used to getting, your needs for hiring snow removal might vary.

Some people may do just fine breaking out the old snow shovel themselves or paying the kid down the street a few bucks to do the job, but there are many situations where neither of these options is convenient.

If your area typically gets a lot of snow – like here in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island – or even if your area gets a few heavy snowfalls per year, you may want to consider calling for professional snow removal.

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Patio Renovation

This month we revisit a client’s job, consisting of existing back yard concrete patio that was incorrectly installed up against the siding of the existing house, which resulted in the rotting of the homes siding and floor joists.

Upon consultation it was decided that the patio need to be completely replaced, after the homes joists and siding was repaired.

It was evident that upon inspection that nothing that was existing was done properly and everything have to be removed and rebuilt from the ground up.

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Preparing your Yard for the Winter Season

Protect Your Irrigation System from Winter Damage

If freezing temps are in your forecast, the time to act is now.


Winterizing your sprinkler system – removing water from the pipes, valves and sprinkler heads – is essential before freezing occurs. It’s the best way to protect your irrigation investment from potentially serious damage this winter, especially in the harsh mid-Vancouver Island area near Nanaimo.

Winterization is far more cost effective than repairing a damage irrigation system in the spring due to either improper or no winterization. Call your irrigation professionals to winterize your system. Ridgeview Irrigation offers winter and annual maintenance packages.

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