Southview Design wins COTY Award

Southview Design wins COTY Award

Southview Design wins COTY Award :

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Four times the Charm: COTY is the Fourth Award for This Wayzata Backyard

Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 28, 2014 – Southview Design won a silver COTY (Contractor of the Year) award for Residential Exterior Specialty by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Contractors from all across the country compete for the prestigious COTY awards. Winners are selected by an impartial panel of experts in the remodeling industry who review photographs and narratives describing the projects’ functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation and degree of difficulty in solving the design problem. NARI members represent an elite group of approximately 800,000 companies and individuals in the remodeling industry.

Southview Design’s winning project is a backyard in Wayzata, Minn. which has already won three other awards this year: a Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association award for Excellence in Landscape Design, a silver award for Outdoor Living from Professional Remodeler magazine, and a National Landscape Award of Excellence from PLANET (Professional Landcare Network).

Southview Design transformed an overgrown, unkempt and largely unusable backyard into an award-winning backyard that was the backdrop for the wedding of the family’s oldest son.

“My goal was to overcome the many major site issues to create a beautiful and functional recreational area,” said Southview landscape designer Colleen Moran. Moran explained that when they removed the old pool deck, they unearthed two timber retaining walls and 13 footings. “We suspected we were building on top of an old barn,” she said. The ground under the pool deck had settled, revealing large sinkholes. When they excavated the old tennis court, they found that gas and high voltage lines had not been buried at the right depth.

Southview Design rebuilt the retaining walls one section at a time to stabilize the soil surrounding the pool. The design also included overhauling the pool, putting in a new sport court and installing a kitchen as well as a cabana complete with fireplace and AV equipment. They also created a private patio area under the deck next to the home and connected to the pool area.

Taking the existing home’s architecture into careful consideration, Southview Design used the same roof shingles on the new kitchen and pergola; copper used on the cabana chimney mimics copper on the windows on the home. Colors found in the natural stone used in the kitchen, the cabana fireplace and the deck posts match the home’s two indoor fireplaces.

For photos of the four-time landscape award-winning design, visit the page on Southview Design’s award winners: For more landscaping and backyard design ideas, visit

Southview Design is expert in residential and commercial landscape planning, construction and design. Founded in 1978, Southview has completed over 7,000 landscaping projects. Listed among the top 25 fastest growing landscape firms in the U.S., Southview's landscape designs have garnered awards from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, PLANET, and the Minnesota Chapter of NARI. For more information, visit 

NARI: The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is the only trade association dedicated solely to the remodeling industry.  The Association, which represents member companies nationwide—comprised of 63,000 remodeling contractors— is “The Voice of the Remodeling Industry.”™ To learn more about membership, visit or contact national headquarters, based in Des Plaines, Ill., at (847) 298-9200.