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This project was all about overcoming major site problems from the beginning….some of them undetected until groundbreaking. After spending several years renovating the inside of their Wayzata home, it was time for the homeowners to turn their attention to the outside. The family’s three sons are all older and on their own. The landscape renovation was about planning for the next phase in life – grandchildren. Plus, the eldest son was planning a wedding and hoping the reception would be held around the pool. So, there was a little pressure to get the project done in time.
2014 MN NARI Silver Contractor of the Year (COTY) award for Residential Exterior Specialty2014 MNLA Award for Excellence in Landscape Design2014 Silver award from Professional Remodeler magazine2014 Recognition award from PLANET2022 NALP Silver Award for excellence in Landscape Management
The original landscaping was outdated, and in some areas, unsafe. Even without underlying structural issues, this back yard was not meeting the needs of this Minnesota family. The space had no “flow” and didn’t have a space for grilling out.
Before: Structurally compromised gazebo and pool deck
After: Gorgeous backyard pool at twilight
With an upgraded pool deck, two structures for shelter from the sun and rain, and a full service outdoor kitchen, this Wayzata backyard now has flow for days.
Before: Decaying timber retaining wall
After: Sturdy, fortified, and durable modular brick retaining wall
Rotten and infested with bees, this timber retaining wall had to go. Sorry bees, we love you and everything you do for us, but you can't live here anymore!
While the old timber wall was turning to dust, the new modular block wall will last for years and better matches the style of the home. Manufactured for quick assembly and extended longevity, modular walls are an excellent alternative to stone or wood. These homeowners fell in love with the look of Anchor Artisan pavers, which are available in dozens of colors and styles. Even though the wall has a perimeter of over 100 feet, it is straight as an arrow with no wobbles or waves.
Finding the perfect place for this outdoor kitchen was a challenge. The best real estate along the back of the house was already claimed by three large A/C units. Other options, like centering the outdoor kitchen between the home’s windows or aligning it with the peak of the roof, were also ruled out because of spatial constraints. The solution? Tucked into a corner, the kitchen's pergola is built to match the corner pergola, while the peak of the roof and shingles were selected to match the home.
Enjoy a dip and a drink while taking in the tranquil view.
Southview's commercial maintenance team is on site once a week for routine maintenance. This
includes mowing the 16-acre property with precise lines, line trimming around
all walkways and obstacles (fences, trees, utility boxes, etc.), weeding beds, picking
up sticks and blowing debris off all hard surfaces. In 2022, the property received a Silver Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals for excellence in Residential Landscape Management.
The colorful garden against the backdrop of a private lake provides a breathtaking view.
Regular fertilizer treatments keep the turf lush and healthy.
Basketball court made of interlocking hard plastic square quickly sheds water so players can get back to the game.
From the family room, step through the sliding patio doors to this sheltered outdoor sitting area. This patio is located under a deck off the side of the house and has a beautiful view of the landscape.
Colorful backyard planter with a tranquil pond in the background.
Annual summer flowers are hand picked for the beds in the front yard.
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