When Tim Johnson met with these homeowners this landscape already had an invaluable asset: a private forest of pines, spruce, aspen, maple, and oaks. Mature trees are incredibly valuable. Not only do they take a lifetime to grow, but they create a comfortable temperature by providing shade, and help control runoff by absorbing heavy rainfall. While the homeowners loved their trees, they had limited spaces to enjoy their landscape.
This project is a winner of a 2011 MNLA Landscape Design Award
- Dozens of mature trees needed to be incorporated into the plan and protected during installation.
- The big hill to the lake made it difficult to keep water on property. Now, precise grade changes direct water to a natural spot for capture and percolation – protecting the lake from fertilizer runoff.
- Recirculating stream, waterfall, and footbridge
- Limestone walls and staircases
- Safely handles drainage and runoff
Peaceful Private Waterfall
A careful eye, and a combination of skid-steer and manpower came together to create this recirculating waterfall. The recirculating waterfall starts from a sculptural basalt column near the house. A bubbling stream passes under a foot bridge before breaking down the waterfall. Because the design mixes massive boulders, medium stones, and small pebbles the waterfall looks perfectly natural.
Before: Beautiful Mature Pines and an Aging Timber Retaining Wall
The aging timber retaining wall needed to be replaced. Bare earth underneath the tree was in danger of eroding away in increasingly heavy rains.
After: Limestone Retaining Walls and Resilient Plantings
The new retaining walls and steps hold back the earth and add to the beauty of this lake home. Hydrangeas and rudbeckia are low-maintenance and perfect for Minnesota's environment.
Before: Not Much Patio Space
At first, this yard's outdoor seating plan was limited to the walkway encircling the home, and a small dining patio.
After: Plenty of Room With Two Patios
Now, two separate patios are just far enough apart to allow for separate conversations – or a separate kids patio. This circular patio overlooks the expansive yard down to the lakeshore.
- Photographer: John Wiese
- Location: Eden Prairie, MN
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