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5 Trends in Landscape Design

Some landscaping preferences will last forever. The primal appeal of fire features will endure for years to come, and the function and beauty of outdoor lighting is indisputable. But what changes are on the horizon for the landscape design industry? What innovations lie in store?

Low-Maintenance Design Features

Consider these low-maintenance landscaping ideas for your yard and garden. Spend less time on upkeep and more quality time with friends and family.

Smart Landscapes

Learn how the introduction of smart technology in landscapes transforms spaces from great to excellent.

5 Ways to Enhance Your Front Yard

The front entry is the gateway to your home. It should welcome guests or be a comfortable place to pause before saying good night. Over the years, Southview has installed hundreds of front yard living spaces. From charming front porches, to cobbled walkways and even front yard Zen gardens.

11 Outdoor Rooms & What To Do In Them

Over the years people have embraced outdoor living and landscape designers have responded by creating better and better spaces.

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.

8 New Year’s Resolutions

The days are slowly growing longer as we say goodbye to one year and welcome the next. In the spirit of the season, we’re sharing our landscaping resolutions.

Fire & Light

When it comes to fire features, some look at the practicality of adding a fire feature or outdoor lighting to their landscape, while others focus on the aesthetics. Either way, both of these elements are a sound investment in the landscape.

Swimming Pool Selects

Some of our favorite backyard swimming pool designs from past seasons.

Bringing Designs to Life

In past years, landscape designs were hand-drawn to scale with pencils and pens. Today, CAD tools made the creative process easier for professionals and more fun for clients!

Secluded Outdoor Spaces

While the outdoors can make a great place for entertaining, sometimes they are better enjoyed without the company of too many other people.

2022 Landscape Design Trends

The pandemic has reshaped the industry and inspired a new era of landscape design trends. What changes are on the horizon for the landscape design industry? What innovations lie in store?

Luxury Backyard Ideas That Will Actually Make You Happy

Fine craftsmanship. Refined aesthetics. Superior comfort. Over-the-top grandeur. These are the elements that define luxury.

Outdoor Living Design Ideas – Friendly competition at home

Are you trying to perfect your short game, start a neighborhood pick-up league, or host family-friendly competitions at home? We've all seen backyard pools and basketball hoops on the garage. Consider these less common backyard games.

Landscaping Challenge: Swimming Pools on Slopes

Water flows downhill, which is a bit of a challenge when you want a backyard swimming pool but live on a hill. Fortunately, with the right design and careful construction it is possible to build a swimming pool anywhere.

Outdoor Living Under the Deck

If there is enough headroom, why not create a living room, dining area (with or without a kitchen), or kids’ play area under the deck? Put a hot tub in the corner. Add a fireplace. Extend the indoor living space under the deck.

6 Ways to Relax at Home

Now more than ever, we need our backyards as tranquil space to relax and recharge. Here are a few ideas for creating a relaxing and joyful space in your backyard.

Patio Design 101

Brick, concrete, pavers, or stone – and that's just the beginning. Here's everything you need to know about creating the patio of your dreams.

How to Create a Mood Board

Share your landscaping style and personality with a professional landscape designer by creating a mood board. Collect images, then choose your favorites.

How to make the most of your at home vacation

In 2020 we face a unique challenge: how do we get all the benefits of a change of scenery without being able to travel? Enter the staycation – taking your time off from work at home.

Landscape Designers & Architects

As homeowner’s begin the vetting process, they may notice that there are two primary classifications of landscape design professionals, ‘Landscape Architects’ and ‘Landscape Designers”. This observation often pegs the questions, “What’s the difference?” and “Which is the right fit for my project?”.

Wood Vs. Gas Vs. Propane

Any fire feature is sure to become a focal point and central gathering place of your landscape design. Here are the pros and cons of the most popular fuels: wood, natural gas and propane.