The Growing Trend of Outdoor Enjoyment Structures in Landscaping: A Year-Round Asset for Your Residential or Commercial Outdoor Space

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Here at JRC Landscaping and Snow, we’ve been at the forefront of an exciting trend in both residential and commercial landscaping projects: the inclusion of Outdoor Enjoyment Structures (OES). With the new realities of year-round weather patterns, our clients have been keen to ensure that they can use their outdoor spaces year-round.  JRC Landscaping has moved beyond the simple Shade Structure and are now providing unique and creative custom design and builds of new outdoor structures that can provide year-round usability by our clients.

Our versatile and stylish OES additions are becoming a must-have for properties throughout the Durham Region and the GTA. Let’s explore how these structures can enhance your outdoor spaces all year round.

The Appeal of OES Structures

These structures are not just a passing fad; they’re becoming a staple in modern landscaping for good reasons. These structures provide immediate functional and aesthetic benefits, making your outdoor areas more enjoyable and usable. Enjoyment Structures (OES), as they can be designed to provide shelter from sun, rain, wind and snow. Here’s why many of our clients – homeowners and businesses – are opting for these structures to be included in their outdoor space projects:

  • Enhanced Comfort: With the summer sun in full swing, having a shaded area can make outdoor activities more comfortable. Shade structures provide a cool retreat from the sun’s intense rays, allowing you to enjoy your garden, patio, or deck even on the hottest days. JRC Landscaping can extend your outdoor time by designing and installing an OES that can give you year-round usable areas that precisely matches how you like to utilize your outdoor space.
  • Extended Outdoor Living Space: Shade structures effectively extend your living space. They create a defined area for dining, entertaining, or simply relaxing. This is particularly valuable for businesses like cafes or restaurants, which can expand their seating capacity and offer patrons a pleasant outdoor experience.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Beyond functionality, our structures add visual interest and architectural detail to your property. They can be designed to complement your home’s style, creating a cohesive and attractive outdoor environment or for commercial properties, draw in clientele with a unique and inviting space.
  • Increased Property Value: Investing in a well-designed shade structure can boost your property’s value. Prospective buyers appreciate the added outdoor living space and the versatility it provides, making your property stand out in the market.

Year-Round Benefits in the Durham Region

The climate in the Durham Region can be quite varied, with hot summers and cold winters. Our structures are incredibly versatile and can provide benefits throughout the year, making them a wise investment for any property owner.

Spring and Summer:

During the warmer months, these structures offer protection from the sun, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space without the risk of sunburn or overheating. They create a comfortable environment for outdoor dining, reading, or hosting gatherings. Additionally, they can help protect outdoor furniture from sun damage, extending its lifespan.


As the leaves change color and the temperatures begin to drop, these structures continue to be valuable. They provide a sheltered space that can be used for enjoying the crisp fall air without being exposed to the elements. Adding a heater or some cozy blankets can make these areas perfect for autumn evenings.


In the colder months, shade structures can still be useful. With the addition of windbreaks or clear, weatherproof curtains, these areas can become winter retreats. Imagine enjoying a hot beverage under your gazebo, surrounded by the beauty of a snowy landscape. For commercial properties, this means extended use of outdoor spaces, potentially drawing more customers even in the off-season.

Choosing the Right Structure

When considering adding a structure to your property, it’s important to choose the right type for your needs. Here are a few popular options:

  1. Pergolas: These structures feature an open lattice design that provides partial shade. They’re perfect for gardens and patios, often used to support climbing plants like wisteria or ivy.
  2. Gazebos: Offering more complete coverage, gazebos are freestanding structures with a solid roof. They’re ideal for larger seating areas and can be designed to be open or enclosed.
  3. Shade Sails: These are flexible, fabric-based structures that can be stretched over a variety of spaces. They’re versatile and can be used to cover patios, play areas, or even parking spaces.
  4. Pavilions: Similar to gazebos but typically larger, pavilions provide ample space for hosting events or large gatherings. They offer complete roof coverage and can be customized to suit your aesthetic preferences.

Outdoor Enjoyment Structures are a fantastic addition to any landscaping project, offering year-round benefits that enhance comfort, usability, and aesthetic appeal. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to create a backyard oasis or a business aiming to improve customer experience, these structures are a valuable investment.

At JRC Landscaping and Snow, we’re here to design and install the perfect structure for your needs. Let’s work together to create an outdoor space you’ll love, no matter the season!

Feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.


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JRC Landscaping and Snow has been delighting customers by providing outstanding quality and service to both its Commercial and Residential clients since 2003. We are a family-run business that is dedicated to our trade with a focus on good business practices, safety training and learning for our staff and offering high quality results to our customers.

JRC’s long list of repeat customers is a testament to the outstanding quality of service and results provided by Justin Robinson and his dedicated team. Our owner, Justin, remains hands-on throughout the entire job, visiting the site and organizing the entire project from start to finish.

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JRC is my first choice for any landscaping or hardscaping needs. I have referred Justin and his crew to many clients and have always received positive feedback. They are professional and fun to work with and Justin is great at giving honest advice to homeowners on how they can improve their homes value through curb appeal.

Thanks JRC!

~Kayla Bridgman

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