Lakefront Firepit and Patio Design

Situated on Turtle Lake in Shoreview, this lakefront landscape design features a picturesque firepit, fresh rip rap, a new patio, and an elegant softscape design. While nature graced the home with a breathtaking view, the original landscaping paled in comparison. The problem? The modest patio extension off the back of the home didn’t lure the homeowners outdoors. Their dream was clear: an enjoyable place for gatherings with friends and family to savor Minnesota’s vibrant lake life.

wood burning firepit on a bluestone patio with four white Adirondak chairs

The bluestone patio is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenic views.

Clients Wishlist: A Lakeside Wood-Burning Firepit

Lilac Bluestone, Chilton edging, and glacial boulders for a natural aesthetic

The client's top priority for their lakefront landscape design was a patio and wood-burning fire pit close to the shoreline. The objective was to integrate the fire pit area seamlessly with the surrounding natural environment. Seasonal planters, designed by Southview Design's maintenance team, add the perfect pop of color.

shoreline rip rap installation along beachfront

Rip rap was installed along the beachfront to prevent erosion and protect the natural habitat.

Shoreline Rip Rap Installation

Rip rap was installed along the shoreline to protect it. The large rocks and stones safeguard the shoreline from the forces of nature while maintaining the ecological balance of the surrounding environment. Rip rap also contributes to the natural beauty of the waterfront area, providing a harmonious blend of function and aesthetics.

boulder retaining walls with fond du lac steps

Fond du Lac steps provide a pathway from the shoreline to the upper patio.

Fond u lac steps with bluestone steppers leading to shoreline

For continuity, Lilac Bluestone flows around the fire pit and up the stairs to the dining patio.

Working With Elevation

Different Spaces for Different Uses

The steep slope presented a design challenge, but the designer worked with it to enhance the overall space. The natural elevation is a divider between the two outdoor spaces, allowing the homeowners to enjoy two unique areas within their property. Up top is a spacious dining and grilling area. Down below is an intimate wood-burning fire pit for casual lakeside hangouts.


paver walkway installation

For the walkway, the clients opted for County "Discover" pavers in shade "Timeless".

natural stone dining patio under deck overlooking a lake

An under-deck ceiling keeps the dining patio dry and comfortable.

Outdoor Living Rain or Shine

The upper patio is ideal for grilling, lounging, or simply taking a moment to appreciate the view. Laurel Sandstone tile is a distinctive separator, defining the dining patio from the other areas. Furthermore, an under-the-deck ceiling system provides essential protection from the elements.

BEFORE AND AFTER: Slide the bar to reveal the before and after

Before construction, the clients lacked a functional, enjoyable space to appreciate their beautiful view. Their outdoor living space has gained purpose, and the homeowners savor their time outdoors.

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