Southview Design's landscaping crews are trained by professionals with 20 years or more of experience building hardscapes. Translation: our crews know their stuff. From the elegance of natural stone, the timelessness of classic brick, or the practical beauty of concrete pavers, they know their way around a patio. Here's what you need to know about patios and hardscapes.
Proper placement and sizing of your patio will mean the difference between having a relaxing area you will use regularly and for most of the year or one hardly used because it’s cramped and uncomfortable. The size of the patio should be based on the number of people who will be using it on a regular basis. There should be room for table/chairs, a grill area, and extra seating.
The shape and size are determined by the elements on your wish list as well as where you put it and how much space you have to work with.
If the grade is steep, multi-level or tiered patios can add hundreds of functional square feet to a landscape. A multi-patio design with different areas for eating, a fire pit, and sometimes grilling, or an outdoor kitchen is a common solution for hilly landscapes.
When Mr. Homeowner said "No-way!" to a deck, we created this award-winning tiered patio design instead.
This multi-level patio in Eden Prairie was completed in 10 days – just in time to host over 120 wedding guests!
Small yards deserve love too. Defining key areas in a small space increases functionality. A distinctive hardscape creates a focal point for the design, and an open space for entertaining or dining.
Unique, New Orleans-inspired red brick herringbone patio in St. Paul.
The wide Bluestone walkway and dining patio make a big impression in this urban backyard.
Natural Stone, such as flagstone, has a distinctive appearance but is more difficult to install. In order for the patio to be level, the depth of the base must be adjusted to accommodate the varying thickness of the stone. Natural stone is extremely durable and can last for centuries.
Natural stone patio and firepit overlooking Lake Minnetonka in Wayzata.
This award-winning natural stone patio is fit together like a puzzle.
If properly installed, your paver or stone patio will last at least 30 years! So it makes sense to think through the design, choose the right materials, and invest in proper installation.
Modern lines, fine pavers, detailed patio and a simple color palette with vibrant garden accents.
Working through uncooperative weather and into December, our designer and installation crews went the extra mile (or ten) to create this suburban luxury landscape.
Intimate backyard captures the spirit and charm of a New Orleans courtyard with classic brick patio, fireplace, and fleur-de-lis accents
Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary profession combining creativity and engineering with a passion for the natural world and designing beautiful spaces. Meet two of the landscape architects on our team at Southview Design.
Evergreen winter porch pots are a quick, easy, and festive winter decoration that will last from Black Friday to New Year's Day – and beyond.
It’s easy to decorate for fall when you use pumpkins and gourds... and it’s budget-friendly too! Here are a few decorating tips from our pros on the landscape care team.