How Do You Find Inspiration?

You never know where the next great idea is coming from. But when this homeowner started to see their neighbor’s yard transform from a hill of dirt into a terraced backyard, they decided it was time to make some changes to their own backyard. The neighbor recommended Southview Design.

Flexible paver patio with fire pit in a Minnetonka backyard

It’s not “entertaining.” It’s having people over

Backyard design for spending time together.

Entertaining means planning, preparing, and cleaning. Stressful. Having people over is a breeze – all it takes is a text. Whether it’s hosting an impromptu dinner party, or winding down together after a hectic work week, this yard is built for company. Multiple spaces allow the homeowner to choose the right atmosphere for the moment, that’s what this yard was built for.

Lakeside minnetonka dining patio

Flexibility plus distinction

Adaptable patio with separate spaces for different uses.

The main patio is located right next to the house and is divided into two sections, each with it’s own focal point. The largest area is currently set up as a dining patio and could be adapted to accommodate a reception or large party.

Paver patio fire table circle

Still connected to the main patio but in a separate space defined by a circular paver border is the first of two fire features. Tucked into the garden and outlined by a stacked stone seat wall, this patio features a propane fire table.

Propane fire tables offer instant heat, never need wood, and don’t require the installation of any underground piping. Plus, they can be easily relocated or put away for the winter.

Lake side natural stone fire circle patio

Take a deep breath and relax

Your troubles are far away when you sit around the fire.

On the top of this client's list of must-have features for their new backyard was a wood burning fire pit near the lake. Closer to the water and designed to have a more rustic feeling, this is the perfect setting to enjoy the view of the lake and that smokey campfire aroma.

The full color chilton stone patio is held in place by a polymeric sand that hardens to prevent weeds and grass from growing between the stones. A low stone wall provides extra seating in a pinch.

backyard patio for having people over with dining table and fire table

From Inspiration to Realization

Making backyard dreams come true.

While this client was inspired by the transformation taking place next door, no matter what sparks your imagination Southview Design is ready to bring your backyard dreams to life.

Whether you want to spend time with friends and family, rest and recharge in nature, or simply have a beautiful landscape to look at from your deck, Southview’s designers are known for their collaborative approach to design and will work with you to create your best backyard.

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