Prior to this project the front yard of the local McDonald’s was so crowded with overgrown plants that it was difficult to see the front entrance to the restaurant. The existing outdoor flagstone patio was uneven and areas had to be blocked off to ensure customers wouldn’t trip. Finally the outdoor tables made of large boulders were so desperately in need of an update there was nothing to do but get dispose of them entirely and replace them with the modern restaurant furniture you see in McDonalds everywhere.
There were multiple design changes throughout the process to finally settle on a very liner and modern design for the patio softened by a flowing organic shaped garden. The majority of the front was returned to turf so the space doesn’t feel too cluttered and both the patio and the restaurant are easily visible from the road so customers can easily see those golden arches.
An unsightly transformer box and hydro pole out front by the main entrance did pose some design challenges as they would need to be somehow camouflaged. To tie everything together we ended up building a small wall around the transformer and the pole to match the patio seating wall. This was backfilled with soil and planted with tall grasses to help conceal the utilities.
- Date: May 2015
- Category: Front Patio
- Location: Tillsonburg, ON
- Type: Commercial
- Value: $22,000 – $26,000
We wanted to create a sense of intimacy and privacy on the patio but maintain sightlines and a nice view out of the restaurant front windows. It was decided that a seating wall was a good compromise which would define the space and provide extra casual seating. Unilock Brussel Block dimensional wall stone was chosen to build the wrap around seating wall and Unilock Brussel Block pavers with a Unilock Series 3000 Granite banding to create the patio. A neutral gray tone was chosen which keeps with the modern updates and complements the classic red and yellow McDonalds colouring without being distracting.
The plant choices are minimal and nothing too large was chosen as we didn’t want to end up with a similar situation as what we had started with. Annabelle Hydrangeas, Dwarf Fountain Grass, Russian Sage and Daylilies are planted using both linear and mass planting techniques. The linear planting of the hydrangeas accentuate the flowing shape of the garden while the masses of perennials give pops of colour throughout the summer.
The final result is a beautiful modern outdoor patio which now reflects the contemporary updates that had been done to the interior of the restaurant. This outdoor space invites customers in from the road, provides great views for both indoor and outdoor customers, and complements the architecture of the building rather than conceal it.