Renovation: Double the Space, Double the Fun!
You’ve no doubt heard that once you start remodeling, it’s never-ending. This suburban Minneapolis family of four spent months remodeling their Edina home’s interior. However, the bright, shiny, newly-updated interior made the old, overgrown, shabby, dark exterior all the more obvious.
Winner of the MNLA 2014 Award for Excellence
This project won an award from the MN Nursery and Landscape Association in 2014 for Excellence in Landscape Design. The entire side yard became the focus for a new outdoor living space. The original outdoor space gave the family only 389 square feet of space to entertain. With a carefully-laid-out design, they now use the entire side yard – a whopping 800 square feet.
Privacy, Balanced with Openness
Because this home sits on a busy street corner, privacy was the number one issue. The designer used traditional landscape design elements - an arbor alongside the driveway and a parade of arborvitae - to create an intimate space with room to breathe.
Spacious Patio - Perfect for Entertaining
The new French doors open wide to allow guests to spill outside, yet still feel connected to the group indoors. The spacious New York Bluestone patio is defined by curved Chilton stone walls capped with Indiana limestone, beds of grasses, salvia, rudbeckia, weigela, hydrangea, and more. A custom arbor with stone bases and a gate gives just enough privacy and provides a well-defined entry. The arbor, plus the newly-planted arborvitae, gives the side yard a secret-garden-feel.
Still plenty of privacy
The family grills, dines and entertains on their new patio as long as the weather permits. The homeowners heartily approve of the outcome, saying "We love how the space has been opened up. Southview did a beautiful job giving us our yard back."
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- Photographer: John Wiese
- Location: Edina
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