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Doing it right the Unilock way

13 MAR 2018

James Dennison is a third generation stone mason. He learned the trade from his father and grandfather and now his own children are learning as part of Astonia Landscaping, a Unilock Authorized Contractor based in Whitby, Ontario but working all over Southern Ontario.

“I wasn’t always with Unilock. In fact, I sold against them for a number of years before I recognized the advantages they brought to a project – the quality of their materials, the lifetime guarantee and their attention to detail from the earliest stages of a project right through to completion and beyond,” says Dennison.

“It’s not just about the materials either. As Authorized Contractors, Unilock has our back. Homeowners can be confident that they’re not only getting the best quality in materials, they’re also getting exceptional design and workmanship from the contractor. If Unilock is going to provide a lifetime guarantee on their products, it’s imperative that the installation be done right the first time too.”

Dennison explains that recent trends have seen a lot of homeowners in the GTA opting for a “family focus” when it comes to their backyards. Pools, patios and outdoor kitchens have become very popular to create usable family spaces.  There is a growing trend to build a “backyard oasis” with all of the amenities right at home.

“Unilock is the industry leader in North America when it comes to creating these special places,” says Dennison. “They utilize the best European technology and consistently introduce innovative products. It’s one of the things that attract customers to them in the first place and that eventually leads to us.”

A typical Astonia Landscaping job starts with that lead from Unilock.

“Usually, we get a call from Unilock and then meet with the client to understand what it is they want. We come back with 3D design and work in consultation with the client to fine tune the details. After we’re all in agreement, then work begins.”

It is imperative that homeowners are aware that the key to longevity on a project is proper excavation, base materials, drainage and grading. This is a critical point in any size project and a Unilock Authorized Contractor follows and or exceeds industry standards.

“We install a base that’s at least a foot wider for the entire project so that the bricks on the perimeter don’t roll off the edge and increase that to 20” for driveways,” says Dennison.

Unilock provides a 2 year workmanship Guarantee when homeowners hire a UnilockAuthorized Contractor. Dennison says that Astonia Landscaping provides a five year guarantee on their own work. They check back after the first frost to see that everything is performing as it should and stay in touch with clients for years.

“Our clients often become great friends too. Together we’ve created a special place for them and their family and it’s very rewarding to be able to see them enjoy it.”

For more information on Astonia Landscaping visit them online at   


Save the date! Unilock Information Nights

ClubLink Members will be able learn more about the planning process of a potential new Unilock project at a series of wine and cheese receptions. Drop in on any of these three evenings to meet the minds behind the projects! Representatives from Unilock as well as one of their Authorized Contractors will show you the possibilities. From design to delivery – your project dreams can come true.

If you’re considering a project, come out to any of these information sessions to learn more. Each session begins at 6:30 p.m.

April 6 - RattleSnake Point

April 13 – Station Creek

April 27 – RattleSnake Point

To RSVP for one of the dates above, please contact:
Carolyne Planck