Perfect backyard for entertaining
This Mendota Heights back yard has hosted more than its fair share of pool parties, birthday, and charity dinners. It’s no surprise, the back yard was designed specifically for this family's socially active lifestyle. With multiple gathering spaces, a flexible patio, and a pool, the backyard for entertaining is this home’s best asset.
- Living room space
- Dining area
- Hot tub
- Swimming pool with laminar jets
- Outdoor lighting
- Flower and vegetable gardens
Before: Weathered and exposed deck was ready to be replaced
While the homeowners dreamed of hosting black tie receptions and Memorial Day BBQs in their backyard, their small deck and unfinished yard were not adequate for entertaining large groups or events.
AFTER: Unmatched backyard for entertaining
Name an amenity and you are likely to find it. Hot tub? Yes. An expansive patio with space for extra tables and chairs? Check. A swimming pool? Got it. Outdoor spaces for creating treasured memories? You bet.
Because this back yard was intended to be the setting for many parties and gatherings, it was important to create a flexible open space. The paver patio is perfectly flat; no wobbling tables or chairs here.
Southview Design worked with a builder and architect to craft this outdoor living room. Located right off the family room, this cozy space is the perfect place to spend a summer morning or fall afternoon.
The wide pool deck has plenty of space for deck chairs and a patio table. A red concrete border gently calls attention to the edge of the water. The laminar jets create water sprays into the pool – a water feature all by itself – that also gently cools sunbathers with mist.
To protect the trees, much of the existing grade had to be saved and a few areas were leveled to create outdoor living spaces. Careful consideration was given to making sure the drainage around the pool deck was sufficient. Deco-drains and drain tile solved the issue.
- Photographer: John Wiese
- Location: Eagan, MN
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