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A dreamy lakeside summer home rich in amenities. This was the homeowner's vision when they purchased a private 5-acre lake home in Afton, Minnesota. The house itself was nearly perfect, but the outdoor living space wasn't quite what they envisioned. Since the property is a summer house, the homeowners wanted to optimize their time outdoors.
The homeowners wanted a cozy yet sophisticated space to spend time with the family and entertain their friends. Their wishlist included:
The project faced a few key challenges.
This project received a 2023 award for "Excellence in Landscaping" from the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association.
The red barn is a game house with big screen TVs, bar, luxury seating, game tables, jukebox, and darts.
The yard had some pre-existing amenities, but the space was disjointed and
had no "flow." As part of their wish list, the clients wanted the old and new to tie together into one cohesive design. To fulfill their vision, bluestone was used throughout all the outdoor living spaces. Moss Rock veneer stone (the same stone on the home's exterior) was selected for the retaining walls, pool house, and columns. Low-voltage lighting on the masonry walls highlights the colors and texture of the veneer stone.
Colorful perennials are inviting to the eye and introduce new textures into the design.
Bluestone steps were added closer to the lower-level door for easy access to the patio and game
barn. To the east, a second set of steps were added for those approaching from the lake. Keeping with the bluestone theme, we expanded the patio outside the game house to include space for a fire feature and dining table.
The property features two fire tables. The one above is located off the red barn and overlooks the lake. The other is located on the pool deck.
Surrounded by comfy chairs and overlooking the lake, the backyard fire table is the perfect place to gather with friends and family and listen to the humming of nature.
Before: No access to the pool area
After: Direct access to the pool house
Connecting the pool area and the back yard was accomplished with a breezeway. The bluestone walkway leads guests directly through the pool house and into the enclosed pool area.
The clients were adamant about including a pool house, but the city would not
permit a third outbuilding on the property. The solution? We connected the
pool house to the home with an enclosed walkway. The pool house, built by Yerigan Construction, features a
bathroom, two refrigerators, an indoor shower, an outdoor shower, washer/dryer,
and storage for poolside furniture, pillows, towels, and toys.
Moss Rock columns match the stone on the exterior of the house.
For softscape, we used a large mix of colorful perennials and evergreens.
Around the pool, a plant palette of Dakota Pinnacle
Birch, Mugo Tannenbaum Pine, Boxwood, and Hydrangea were selected for color and privacy, as well as their modern and sophisticated
As for the front entry, the original landscaping included a typical
concrete sidewalk and over-sized beds with random boulders and scattered
Hosta. The vibe was very "blah" and did not match the style of
the home. The new front entry features a bluestone walkway with
seat boulders cut into the corners. Cedar mulch was selected to complement the cedar shakes above the front
door. Night lighting “extends” the front entry to the driveway.
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