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People usually work close to where they live. For some, like
our clients, their careers take them out of town or the country for weeks at a
time. Is it any wonder they wished for a place to relax? While some of us head
to the lake or beach on weekends or vacations, our clients wanted a quiet,
peaceful, and private backyard to kick back with family and friends – at home. You
might say a space for the entire family is what topped their wish list. Discussions
started in 2016. Work began in fall 2017, and the landscape project was finished in 2018.
Originally, their dream was a backyard swimming pool. But as
concepts were drawn and passed through revisions, a pool house, outdoor sound
system, putting green, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, lighting, lower-level fire
pit, and a fire table were added to the list. All this fit into a backyard that
dropped 12’ from the house to the back fence!
First challenge: Because the back portion of the yard is an
alternate septic site, the boulder retaining wall would have to be built from
above to keep the site clear. Additionally, because this property is up against
a wetland, erosion control had to be maintained at the edge of the yard
throughout the project. Fortunately, this kind of complicated project is where
With tiered retaining walls, 560 cubic yards of soil were
brought in to create a level space for the pool and pool house. The entire area
settled for 5 months, through winter and early spring. In the spring 2018, frost
footings and framing for the pool house and outdoor kitchen went in before the
pool could be dug.
This project was a referral from a local builder who had
renovated the interior of the home. Working together, that builder designed and
built the pool house while concrete, masonry, and pool subcontractor parts of
the landscape project were completed.
The hot tub is set in concrete rather than dropping a
stand-alone tub into the space. It also has an auto-cover and Laurel stone
coping to match the pool’s coping.
than put down sod, hardwood mulch, or landscape rock between the pool and boulder retaining walls, it made more sense to
install the putting green and additional artificial turf space for games. The
game space added another dimension to the backyard fun, giving the family more
A few weeks after the project was complete, Mrs. Homeowner
admitted that when no one is home, she will turn on her favorite baseball team’s
game, crank up the sound system, and float in the pool while watching the game
on the TV inside the pool house. There’s no place like home.
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Underlying structural issues called for a total backyard overhaul including a new outdoor kitchen, cabana, renovated pool, and basketball court.
Minnesota backyard resort with swimming pool, pond, putting green, pergola, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit.
Working through uncooperative weather and into December, our designer and installation crews went the extra mile (or ten) to create this suburban luxury landscape.