BRYDGES LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE INC.’S GOAL IS TO CREATE UNIQUE, MAINTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE DESIGNS FOR OUR DIVERSE CLIENT BASE.
Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc. was established in 2004 by Senior Landscape Architect, Paul R. Brydges. Paul brings over 25 years of combined design/build and construction experience to the design process. Corporate memberships include the OALA, ASLA, CSLA, Landscape Ontario and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
Working with a Landscape Architectural Intern and a Junior Landscape Architect in the office, Paul Brydges also works closely with a team of trusted suppliers, contractors, architects and sub-trades to design and construct his unique, award-winning landscapes. “Most of the companies we work with are small, so we can keep an eye on all the fine details,” says Brydges. “We’d all rather do a few really unique projects than a thousand average jobs.”
Hand drawn and rendered plans and perspectives are in integral part of the design process and something that the company prides itself on. Clients have come to know and appreciate the artful hand drawn designs produced by the firm.
Working with Brydges Landscape Architecture is almost always guaranteed to be a unique experience. As a bit of purist who prefers to use natural stone and other natural products, his designs blend with the natural landscape while integrating various elements into dazzling design features. Because his projects are demanding, Brydges only works with like-minded individuals. “We definitely have to mesh,” he said. “They have to be visionaries, and trust what I’m doing. A lot of the designs are different, but they understand what I’m trying to create and are willing to work along with me to get there.”
After speaking with his clients and designing the project, the team selects their contractors based on the different design elements and geographic location of the client. “We have contractors who don’t do certain elements, but excel in others,”. “Most of these guys we have been working with for a least three years, some of them eight now. We have more coming on board each year.” The contractors are brought in to meet with the client before the job gets started, because it’s critical for the client to have absolute trust in the contractor. Clients also want to know that the contractor is looking forward to the project. “Most of the time, the contractors become excited,” Brydges said. “They really want to do the job because it’s different (and) it showcases them. They want to be creative. This gives them that ability to be creative and do something that not everyone else is doing.”
Once the contractor gets started on the project, the design team likes to visit the site on a regular basis. If there are specialty items that need to be constructed, or if an idea needs to change to suit conditions, they want to be there. “Landscape architecture is not a true science in some aspects,” said Brydges. “Natural stone has its own character. Every piece of stone is different, so we have to be creative to manipulate that character. We can’t force it to do something it’s not meant to do.”
With a service area that stretches from Grand Bend to Tobermory, through Collingwood and Orangeville, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, the GTA, Burlington, and Hamilton, it can be a challenge to find the time to make the rounds. “It makes for some long days, but we do it because we love it,” Brydges said. “I started the firm in 2004, and the day I did that is the day I retired.” Their dedication and unwavering commitment to unique designs has garnered many awards and successful projects for the company, along with the many firms he has teamed up with over the years.