Swimming Pool Landscape Design

Lakeside Award-Winner

 

More Than A Swimming Pool

This family loves to entertain. By design, the adult-end of the landscape includes the fireplace, kitchen, dining area, and water features (other than the pool). The kid-friendly end of the back yard includes the pool, fire pit (s’mores are a favorite), and a putting green.

This project is a five-time award-winner - one from the MN Chapter of National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for Residential Exterior in 2012, the second, in the same category, from the Regional NARI, a 2012 MNLA Landscape Design Award, a Gold Award from Professional Remodeler Magazine-Design Awards 2013 and the most recent is a  2013 Recognition Award from PLANET (Professional Landcare Network).

PLANET Award winning landscape design

Landscaping Wish List

  • Pool, fire pit, a hot tub and outdoor kitchen (which was a surprise for Mother’s Day)
  • Water features, putting green, and well-manicured landscape with trees
  • Fireplace with pergola
  • None of it could interfere with the view of the lake.

Construction Challenges

  • Due to the property setback, the fireplace/pergola had to be positioned where it currently sits
  • The designer’s vision was two support columns. Several engineers insisted on four, putting two of the columns close to the pool’s edge – in the flow of traffic, curtailing the living space in front of the hearth.
  • Poured concrete footing is 6-10 inches larger than the footprint of the fireplace and 5 feet deep with enough rebar to “cage a bear”
  • Craned the steel pergola and support columns into the back yard, lifting the 1800 lb structure around the house and into the back yard – a distance over 100 feet!
  • Overhead structure is welded to the support columns, surrounded by natural stone. From 5 feet below ground to 14 feet above, it’s all one structure.
Backyard landscape design at night in Minnetrista, MN

Night lighting makes it possible to enjoy the backyard all day and into the night

Private putting green

Practice your short game anytime

Landscape Design Details

  • Flagstone inlays to break up the monotony of concrete
  • A full wood-burning fireplace with gas starter
  • Low-voltage lighting highlight the seat wall, planters, pergola, and water features
  • Outdoor kitchen with grill, plenty of storage, refrigerator, and granite countertop
  • Architectural details/engineering
  • The fireplace is scaled to the house. It is 9 feet wide and 14 feet tall
  • Stone on the fireplace matches the stone on the outdoor kitchen, seat wall, and home exterior
  • Radius of the hearth, firebox opening, and the sides of the chimney reflect the radii of the eyebrow window, in the upper deck wall, the main deck floor and railing-even the furniture has a radius
  • The fireplace pergola ties in with the small pergola over the home’s bay window
  • Pergola support columns on either side of the fireplace match the deck’s support columns
  • Private putting green

Collections

Outstanding
Fiery
Smart
Inspired
Impressive
Curby
Wet