24 Greenwood exterior
The new backyard is paved predominantly with Techo-Bloc, an engineered material, in a light gray color. Due to the freeze-thaw cycle of Toronto, the pavers were dry-laid in an aggregate base. “We tend to dry-lay stuff so it has that give in the winter,” Kleinknecht says. This installation method also makes it easier to replace individual pavers if one breaks or stains over time. Using Techo-Bloc, as opposed to natural stone, also saved on the budget, which allowed the team to splurge on built-in features and natural stone accents around the spa.