Just 100 kilometres west of Toronto, the Kitchener Metropolitan centre forms a census metropolitan area with Waterloo and Cambridge, often referred to as the Tri-Cities. Kitchener and Waterloo are twin cities however, and are usually just called Kitchener-Waterloo, despite having separate municipal governments. Whether it’s education, culture, nature, or history you’re looking for, Kitchener-Waterloo offers it all!
Kitchener is a city with a rich heritage, having been settled largely by German Mennonite farming families. Over the early 19th century, the swampland and moraines were converted into roads and farms, and buildings and churches were built. Over the next century, the extension of the Grand Trunk Railway from Sarnia to Toronto furthered the city’s growth.
Today, Kitchener-Waterloo is still home to many Mennonite families, but has grown to be far more diverse, and economically powerful. Kitchener’s diverse economy includes finance, manufacturing, insurance, digital media, and health science clusters, which have been internationally recognized.
The University of Waterloo is ranked in the top 50 engineering schools, internationally, as well as boasting many other excellent academic areas. Wilfred Laurier University also has a campus in Waterloo. For those looking to study, or break into the technology industry, Kitchener-Waterloo is a great place to be. It is, in fact, often referred to as the “Silicon Valley of the North” due to its booming start-up culture, and large concentration of tech companies.
For those after a more cultural experience, Kitchener-Waterloo hosts many vibrant festivals celebrating culture and performing arts such as:
Kitchener is also home to Victoria Park, which hosts many events and festivals. For those who love the outdoors, there are many ways to enjoy the beauty of nature in Kitchener-Waterloo. Kitchener-Waterloo’s community trail system allows breathtaking views of the Grand River.
Whether as a resident or a visitor, Kitchener-Waterloo as lots to offer. For those who call Kitchener-Waterloo home, we at In the Back Yard are pleased to service the entire area with our ready-made, or custom built, sheds, garages, and plants beds. We provide finely crafted backyard storage options, as well as professional, friendly, and expert service.
At In The Back Yard, we provide a wide range of sheds, garages, and other backyard storage options. Our certified professionals are highly trained, and Baeumler Approved. The Baeumler code of conduct means that your new shed or garage will be built to your exact specifications, following any federal, provincial, or municipal bylaws, and conforming strictly to all health, safety, and insurance standards. We put our customers first by providing friendly, timely, and respectful service, and providing quotes that are as accurate and fair as possible.
Our professional craftsmen will build custom sheds or garages from scratch, or you can choose from our many ready-made storage options. We also offer ready-made additions and accessories for existing sheds and garages.
Contact us today to discuss your backyard storage needs, or use our online quote calculator for a quick-and-easy quote!
Yes, there are typically rules and regulations regarding the size and placement of sheds on your Kitchener/Waterloo property. These rules can vary depending on your specific location and local bylaws. To ensure compliance and avoid potential issues, it's best to consult with your local municipal authorities or visit their website for specific shed size and placement requirements in your area. This will help you adhere to local zoning regulations and prevent future problems.
To ensure your Kitchener/Waterloo shed weathers well, inspect and clean it regularly. Repaint or stain it every few years, seal gaps, and keep the roof in shape. Trim plants, deter pests, and maintain good ventilation to prevent dampness and mold.
Yes, in most cases, you'll need a permit to put up a storage shed in your Kitchener/Waterloo backyard. The requirements can vary depending on factors like shed size and location. To be sure, it's best to get in touch with your local municipal office or visit their website for clear permit guidelines and the application process.
Whether you can use your shed as a workshop or home office in Kitchener/Waterloo depends on local rules. Some areas allow it, but there may be restrictions. To find out, check with your local authorities or visit their website for specific guidelines.
To keep your Kitchener/Waterloo shed free from dampness and mold, think of it as giving your shed some "breathing room." Ensure it has good ventilation, elevate it slightly, and seal any gaps. You can also install gutters for rainwater control and use dehumidifiers if needed. Regular cleaning and vigilance against dampness will help maintain a dry and mold-free environment.