Before and After Landscape Transformations

Captivating Transformations

Six Stunning Before and After Landscaping Projects

Few things are as compelling as a dramatic before-and-after. At Southview Design, we often work on projects that transform unremarkable spaces into beautifully crafted outdoor areas that enhance each property's aesthetics and functionality. Each project demonstrates the integration of design elements to create inviting, practical, and visually appealing landscapes. Whether you're seeking inspiration or looking to understand the impact of professional landscaping, these examples highlight the impressive changes achievable through thoughtful design and meticulous execution.

1. Intimate Patio and Pergola

This small backyard landscape design in Edina has open sightlines to neighboring properties. Before construction, the backyard was nothing but a deteriorating screen porch and an old concrete patio covered in Astro Turf. The clients envisioned their backyard becoming the center of outdoor activity as part of the larger remodel of the house.

Before: A cramped porch and featureless backyard.

After: A functional outdoor space with warmth and charm.

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2. Bluestone on The Bluff

A 2022 North Central Region CotY (Contractor of the Year) award winner. Located high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River Valley, this million-dollar view was the perfect backdrop for the entertainment hub the clients always dreamed of.

Before: A spacious backyard waiting to be transformed.

After: An expansive bluestone patio with a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen.

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3.Making a Splash

This active family approached Southview during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The beaches and parks were closed, and they desired somewhere fun and safe to spend time together outdoors. The clients expressed interest in a backyard swimming pool but were doubtful one would fit in their small Minneapolis backyard. With a bit of creativity, Southview was able to bring the client's vision to life.

Before: A small Minneapolis backyard with limited amenities.

After: A petite swimming pool, dining patio, and fresh plantings.

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4. Swimming Pool Overlooking Wetlands

The homeowners approached Southview with two design requests—a swimming pool and ample space to entertain. Sloped and on a wetland, this Orono backyard presented many challenges. Nevertheless, Southview was dedicated to fulfilling the homeowners' wishlist while preserving the integrity of the wetland. The final landscape design checked all the boxes and more. This inviting backyard resort is now home to a large swimming pool, fireplace, lower-level patio, and entertaining space.

Before: Large backyard with minimal landscaping.

After: A luxury landscape design with space for a pool and entertaining.

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5. Urban Backyard Sanctuary

This St. Paul, MN backyard landscape design effortlessly blends traditional, rustic, and modern garden design elements. The homeowners envisioned a modern backyard but wanted to ensure it flowed with the home's more traditional exterior. Guided by their vision, Southview transformed their uninspiring and overgrown backyard into a one-of-a-kind oasis.

Before: Before construction, the backyard was dated and overgrown.

After: A vibrant backyard garden with modern elements.

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6. Suburban Hangout

These Eagan homeowners enlisted Southview Design to help transform their typical suburban backyard into an inviting and functional outdoor space. Their vision? A place for friends and family to hang out, unwind, and make lasting memories.

Before: The homeowners wanted a larger and more contemporary space to hang out with friends and family.

After: The newly expanded backyard patio offers ample space for gatherings and relaxation.

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At Southview Design, we’re passionate about turning your outdoor spaces into stunning, functional landscapes. If you’re inspired by these projects and are ready to transform your own property, contact us today to start planning your dream landscape. Let’s create something beautiful together!

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