Unbelievably Fun

2016 NALP Grand Award-Winner

The designer on this project created a casual, comfortable, and unbelievably fun outdoor living space for this Hastings MN family. An infinity-edge (aka vanishing edge) pool, a hot tub, an outdoor kitchen, a wet bar area under the deck, a cabana with fireplace and drop-down screens, a fire pit (gas) patio, a drop-down movie screen, and an audio system that covers the back yard - all add up to resort-like fun in the sun! What more could anyone want?!

Before: A large property with huge potential, overlooking the river.

After: Outdoor living space "fully loaded" with amenities.

The family’s wish list was extensive but clearly directed toward providing a fun place for entertaining. The downstairs family room opens to the under-the-deck bar area. The fire pit end of the "resort" caters to the kids with a movie screen, hammocks, and a cool audio system for playing great tunes. The cabana area is a comfortably furnished living space with fireplace for the adults. A large-screen TV mounted over the fireplace makes it the perfect spot for Sunday afternoon football in the fall.

Gas Fire Pit with Mahogany Natural Stone

Side-to-Side, the Fire Pit is 6 Feet in Diameter

Three natural stone materials define the different living spaces: the pool deck is Olympic stone; the fire pit patio is Mahogany stone; and the flooring in the cabana and outdoor bar is Travertine. The masonry columns are a unifying design element.

Hot Tub with Stone Veneer and Fire Pit - Your Choice - Just How to Relax

The Hot Tub Fits 6-8 People and Used During Minnesota Winters

The hot tub, which is finished in stone veneer, is a focal point of the design and a favorite hangout. The swimming pool and hot tub systems are separate, allowing the family to use the hot tub in winter.

Outdoor Bar with TV, Beverage Cooler, and Sink

Bar Area is Just Under the Deck - Note the Ceiling

The deck was replaced with maintenance-free decking. The bar area is tucked underneath. Space under deck is now a comfortable bar with beverage cooler, sink, and TV. Two TVs = two games going at once. Okay, maybe a game and a movie...either way a crowd-pleaser!

Outdoor Living Room with Stone Fireplace and Travertine Floor

Comfort in the Cabana

The cabana has drop down screens to protect family and guests from mosquitoes and bugs. Soffit detail hides lighting for a wash across the ceilings in both the cabana and outdoor bar creating a softer lighting effect.

Swimming Pool Landscape Design in Hastings Mn

The Audio-Video-Lighting System is Controlled by Wireless Remote

Outdoor Grill with Stone and Stucco in Minnesota

Just Around the Corner from the Bar Area - Stone/Stucco on the Grill Matches the Home Exterior.

Retaining Wall for a Swimming Pool in Hastings Mn

Boulder Wall Creates a Level Space for the Swimming Pool and Other Elements

Reduce, re-use, recycle

These boulder walls were engineered to create level space for the swimming pool. We reused boulders from the old walls. Both the upper and lower walls are 4 feet in height. Shrubs and other plantings were chosen based on what the mature height was expected to be. This was done to create a feeling of openness around the pool.

Stone steps and walkways provide safe, easy access to the backyard swimming pool

Guests are Greeted by Colorful Gardens as They Enter the Back Yard

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