Taking a look back at 2020

Last January, we took a look at The National Association of Landscape Professionals predicted trends and provided our take on the Top Trends in Landscape Design in 2020.

Little did we know, a pandemic was upon us. Although many of the trends did hold true, COVID-19 reshaped the industry and redirected Southview Design’s focus.

After the Governor’s orders in April 2020, Southview Design was deemed essential and returned back to work. Most of the state was still at home as the stay-at-home order was extended. CEO Chris Clifton reports to WCCO that the company is receiving tons of calls from homeowners who are looking to invest in their landscapes because they know they'll be spending more time at home than usual.

We spend the following months working hard (and safe) to provide clients with the outdoor spaces they're looking for.

By July, the scene is set for summer, and to help families to continue to play it safe by staying at home, we shared four tips with Midwest Home on how to elevate any yard.

Southview Design then wrapped up the season with an MNLA Landscape Design Award for Excellence in Landscaping.

Hello, 2021

Since summer 2020, we’ve seen these three trends develop into the new year:

1. Outdoor Living Spaces

Homeowners are discovering a true value in having outdoor spaces equipped with a kitchen, fire features, swimming pools, and plenty of space to run and play. Many are also adding features to ensure that they can make the most of their space all year-round. The longer you can have an outdoor space available to host friends and family, the better!

Improving Life Outdoors: Outdoors Rooms, Fire Features, and More!

Outdoor Rooms

Live outdoors with comfort and ease. Backyard living rooms, outdoor kitchens, patios, decks, and more.

2. Smart Technology in Landscapes

Outdoor rooms become the means for greater immersion experiences, from parties to watching a movie. Smart technology in landscapes transforms spaces from great to excellent. Landscapes come alive at any time of day, bringing everyone to find something that they enjoy. Let's not forget convenience. With the touch of a button, you can easily manage your devices without leaving your chair.

Smart Landscapes: Lighting, TVs, Sound Systems Galore!

Multi-level Outdoor Living

A functional landscape design with patios at three levels. An outdoor kitchen, an outdoor living space with a fire pit, and a plunge pool and hot tub.

Vermillion Vista

Captivating swimming pool landscape in Hastings MN designed with every amenity for maximum comfort and fun.

A Landscaper's Dream

Starting with the blank slate of new construction, both the front and back yards have been tailored to the needs of this growing family.

3. Water Conservation

Consistent with what we predicted last-year, water conservation remains a priority. Technology has always been a driver in our industry, and now it's being put to use for both convenience and conservation. High-tech irrigation systems that deliver the right amount of water, at the right time, and are controllable from a smartphone are helping homeowners maximize efficiency. In other instances, homeowners are opting for a design that includes plans for little to no watering such as this no-mow forest backyard.

Conservation in action: Take a Tour!

Sustainable Landscaping

Southview Design is committed to healthy and sustainable landscaping practices.

Ohm Sweet Ohm Wins Awards for Sustainable Building

Net-zero home with energy-saving features and a sustainable landscape design is recognized by Green Builder Media, AIA Minneapolis.

No-Mow Forest Backyard

This backyard blends modern and natural elements together to create a low-maintenance outdoor living space with a plunge pool, terraced patios, a fire table, water feature, and a outdoor great room.

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