The backyard professionals around Duncan BC & the Cowichan Valley

Designing and building beautiful Duncan back yards

We love designing and building beautiful backyards, brick patio’s, walkways & irrigation.

In this project, our team took a property that had been over run with perennials and garden shrubs and turned it into low-maintenance entertaining area for relaxing with brick pavers, garden borders and flower beds

Starting the renovation in Duncan

The first step was to come in a remove all the garden shrubs, some of which went to friends and neighbors. Others that were being salvaged were moved to storage ready for when the project was almost complete.

With those out the way, we then cut grades around the yard to prepare for the new design, paying particular attention to areas where we were putting in hardscapes and synthetic turf. Then we dug out footings for concrete i.e. walls, planter and deck supports. At the same time we framed in the planter. We then poured all required concrete areas, and removed forms a short time after.

With foundations for everything built, we were now ready to build the composite deck, The natural stone retaining wall, and framing the steps that were needed with cinder blocks. The next step was creating the brick patio.


The brick patio comprised of two materials, Old Country pavers for the garden border and Origins slabs for the center. This made things somewhat tricky as the two products are different thicknesses. So our team set about, prepping the grades for the stone pavers, and laid the entire border, and then re-prepped the base to install the Origins slabs. With this complete, we then were able to finish the steps that were built in cinder blocks and faced and capped with stone pavers.

This completed all the hardscapes except for the aggregate walkway, at the side of the house. This was our only access, so would have to wait till the end of the project.

While completing the front, the crew also completed a perennials and garden shrubs overhaul in the front along with a small seating area in the same stone pavers concept.


The entire Duncan property had irrigation and garden lights though out, along with a gas line run to the center of the back patio, the idea being, incase a fire table was wanted in the future.

Once the hardscapes, irrigation and garden lights were completed, we brought in custom blend soil, and planted all the beds. The beds were then finished with mulch and the side of the house was cleaned up with fabric and decorative rock.


After this was complete, we went on to the synthetic turf before working our way out of the back yard, and framing up the concrete walkway. At the same time we put in the posts ready for a new fence and gate once the walkway was finished.








…working hard around Duncan BC & the Cowichan Valley


We had been through a horrific house building process that left us with extreme distrust for contractors and tradesmen. However, we still needed to complete our concept. Due to our previous experiences, we felt jaded and skeptical about hiring someone to complete the job. We cautiously interviewed many companies before deciding to use this contractor. Meeting Phil was simply refreshing, he was honest, knowledgeable and had competitive rates. After hiring him, we came to understand what a hardworking, trustworthy and caring person he is. Our job was very complex as there were many elevation changes. Our vision on how we wanted the finished result to look and he offered ideas and suggestions along with drawings on how we could bring our ideas to life. As things progressed, we added elements that they approached and executed with expertise including Stonework, concrete stairs, implementing a full irrigation system, lighting, fencing, as well as picking out and planting flowers plants and trees. He takes great pride in putting in the time to do a meticulous job. We are extremely happy with the final result and have received many compliments on our beautiful yard. It was a true pleasure, working with these guys and we can’t recommend them highly enough.

D & B Webster

Creative By Design did the installation of our new yard this spring. We’re super pleased with the results. He built fences, garden walls and brick pavers. He installed the sod in the front and back and built a beautiful planter box perfect for our potatoes. Literally – if you can dream it he can make it. He presented us with the design for the yard quickly after listening to our vision. It turned out exactly as we imagined. We wouldn’t let anyone else touch our yard after working with Phil. The quality of his work shows. He builds things to last. Thanks for a wonderful result !

J Dwyer – Duncan, BC

When we decided to redesign our outdoor space, we put a lot of thought into choosing a company. We wanted someone local, creative and experienced who could complete the process from design to installation without us dealing with multiple contractors.  We are so thrilled that we chose this contractor, and we will have them back next year to do another project! They were easy to work with, responsible, dedicated, and with outstanding attention to detail. From the initial visit to the end of the project, they captured our vision and brought it to life. The quality of the materials and installation process gives us great confidence, and the price was fair without any surprises on our final bill. We absolutely recommend Phil to anyone looking for high-quality results.

M Bancroft – Duncan, BC