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Designed in partnership with John Kraemer & Sons and featured on the 2021 Artisan Home Tour, this modern masterpiece made a bold transformation. Nestled atop a small bluff overlooking Tonka Bay, the location was unbeatable. However, densely packed trees and brush blocked the views of the lake.
The homeowners envisioned panoramic views with a manicured, lush green lawn. For the builder, this meant a modern home design with an open floor plan and large windows throughout. For Southview, this meant a minimalist design, one that focused less on specific landscape elements and more on the natural beauty of the lake. Together, we worked to bring the homeowners' vision to life.
Before: An overgrown lot with obstructed views
After: A clean landscape design with open views of the lake
The project presented many challenges. Tight deadlines meant that Southview needed to work quickly and efficiently, a difficult feat considering the numerous city approvals required for the job. Furthermore, the original site was in rough shape and needed considerable remediation. Extensive grading was necessary to create more usable backyard space. In the process, Southview hauled away over 100 truckloads of excavated soil. In addition, the shoreline was in desperate need of restoration and required new riprap to prevent water runoff and erosion.
To fulfill the client's vision, the landscape elements were carefully designed to maintain open views of the lake. Stairs run along the edge of the property to keep the lawn space uninterrupted. Under the American flag sits a patio, the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of passing boats and glistening waters.
The home features two tiers of outdoor living space. The upper deck includes a fully-equipped outdoor living room and dining patio. Ardeo limestone steps pave the way to the lower level, which features a matching limestone patio. Minimalist plantings are low-maintenance and complement the home's modern vibe.
The clients wanted a dog run, a designated place for the dog to do their business and safely explore the outdoors. This customized space features a private doggy door with limestone steps and plenty of room for exploration. Synthetic turf keeps the area green and prevents dirt being tracked into the home.
Adjustable landscape lighting was the perfect finishing touch to this luxurious lakeshore design. Under the night skies, the illuminated home is showcased in all its glory.
Through good teamwork, the homeowners' vision was brought to life.
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