Spend all day outside
This active family in Hamel, MN came to Southview Design to turn their back yard into a neighborhood hub for outdoor fun. With school-aged children of their own, and plenty of visiting friends, this project had to please the young and young-at-heart. Using the existing pool as a starting point, Southview’s landscape designers created a design that incorporated several outdoor living spaces, while balancing the need for separation and supervision.
- Rehabbed pool and pool deck
- Varied hardscapes that divide the space and add visual interest
- An outdoor kitchen and dining patio
- Rustic firepit
Before: Uneven and degraded pool deck
Years of Minnesota weather had taken their toll on this paver pool deck. With the weeds pushing up between the cracks, it was time to say goodbye to this uneven surface.
After: Flatter than a pancake for years to come
Besides looking great, a level pool deck is an essential safety feature. No one wants to trip and skin their knee or break their tooth! All Southview hardscapes are installed on a solid base of Class 5 gravel and backed with an industry-leading warranty.
Family Friendly Outdoor Living
A step down from the pool deck is a beautiful dining patio and outdoor kitchen. From raw and earthy Chilton natural stone, to stamped and scored concrete – different hardscape materials inject variety and visual interest into the landscape while defining areas by their use.
As much fun as a backyard pool can be, they can also be dangerous. That’s why as the ornamental grasses and ground covers mature they will add some color and spatial separation, but they won’t obstruct the line of sight between the dining patio and pool, making it easy to keep an eye on the little ones near the pool.
The Perfect Pergola
For over 3000 years, pergolas have been used to provided shelter from the harsh summer sun. Designers determine the orientation of the structure and spacing of the slats based on the angle of the sun.
- Photographer: Peter Kowler
- Location: Hamel, MN
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