This project was all about overcoming major site problems from the beginning….some of them undetected until groundbreaking. After spending several years renovating the inside of their Wayzata home, it was time to turn attentions to the outside. The family’s three sons are all older and on their own. The landscape renovation was about planning for the next phase in life – grandchildren. Plus, the eldest son was planning a wedding and hoping the reception would be held around the pool. So, there was a little pressure to get the project done in time.
Four Time Award Winner
- 2014 MN NARI Silver Contractor of the Year (COTY) award for Residential Exterior Specialty
- 2014 MNLA Award for Excellence in Landscape Design
- 2014 Silver award from Professional Remodeler magazine
- 2014 Recognition award from PLANET
BEFORE: Drab And Tired Gazebo
Even without underlying structural issues, this back yard was not meeting the needs of this Minnesota family. The space had no “flow,” and didn’t have a space for grilling out.
AFTER: Refreshed Backyard Design
New and improved with an upgraded pool deck, two structures for shelter from the sun and rain, and a full service outdoor kitchen – this Wayzata backyard has flow for days.
BEFORE: Decaying Retaining Wall
Rotten and infested with bees, this timber retaining wall had to go. Sorry bees, we love you and everything you do for us, but you can’t live here anymore!
AFTER: New Modular Block Retaining Wall
While the old timber wall was turning to dust, the new modular block wall will last for years and better matches the style of the home.
Manufactured for quick assembly and extended longevity, modular brick walls are an excellent alternative to stone or wood. Available in dozens of colors and style, these homeowners feel in love with the look of Anchor Artisan bricks. Even though the wall has a perimeter of over 100 feet it is straight as an arrow with no wobbles or waves.
Backyard Built for Entertaining
Finding the perfect place for this outdoor kitchen was a challenge. The best real estate along the back of the house was already claimed by three large A/C units. Other options like centering the outdoor kitchen between the home’s windows, or aligning it with the peak of the roof were also ruled out because of spatial constraints. The solution? Tucked into a corner, the kitchens pergola is built to match the corner pergola while the peak of the roof and shingles were selected to match the home.
- Photographer: John Wiese
- Location: Wayzata, MN
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