Fall 2012

Lakeside Entertainment

Southview Design Wins COTY Award for Residential Exterior

Southview Design has won the top award for outstanding achievement in the Residential Exterior category at the 16th annual Contractor of the Year (COTY) Awards, hosted by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).Celebrating the best in Twin Cities residential remodeling, the COTY Awards are given to residential and commercial builders, remodelers and designers in 26 different categories. This year, there were a total of 83 entries; some categories, such as residential exterior design, were very competitive.

Beauty in Phases

“This was one of my favorite projects, and I’m riding high,” said Tim Johnson, Southview Design landscape designer, of the backyard design for the Minnetrista home. Johnson said the owners instilled a lot of trust in him to come up with an outdoor living space with a resort/spa feel. “Over the last three years, their goals grew, resulting in changes to the final design,” he said. The exterior project included an outdoor kitchen, pool, low-voltage lighting, fireplace, pergola, waterfall and pond. Johnson said they had to think outside the box to accommodate the site restrictions of the lake property, such as engineering the pergola so that it’s held up on two posts and suspended by a hand-built fireplace. See the project Lakeside Entertainment.

Industry Recognition

Hosted by the Minnesota chapter of NARI and sponsored by Shaw/Stewart Lumber Co., this year’s festivities on Nov. 16 drew more than 260 attendees. Contestants were judged by a panel of 25 remodeling professionals from the Milwaukee chapter of NARI who scored the entries based on their project descriptions and photos. Award winners demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, functionality, superior craftsmanship, use of innovative construction materials and techniques, overcoming difficult obstacles, and meeting client needs.