Resort Living in North Oaks, MN

A backyard landscape design featuring a pool, kitchen, fireplace and more

After completing an extensive indoor remodel, these homeowners turned their attention to the outdoor space. The backyard, left mostly untouched since the 1990's, did not complement the recent interior improvements. Deteriorating hardscape, an awkwardly shaped pool, and an overall lackluster design diminished the appeal of spending time outdoors.

In the homeowner's own words, “Our entire landscape is failing. This isn't a landscape project; it’s a complete remodel.”

backyard featuring a swimming pool, fireplace and covered outdoor kitchen

The newly renovated backyard includes a custom gazebo, kitchen, gas fireplace, dining patio and plenty of space for lounging.

A Timeless Design with Abundant Amenities

The homeowners pictured an outdoor space that harmonized with their newly remodeled home. They wanted a large symmetrical swimming pool, custom gas fireplace, covered outdoor kitchen, water feature, and new front entry. The goal was a well-defined outdoor living space with fewer steps and an inviting aesthetic.

Before: The original backyard landscape was completely demolished.

After: The new backyard is inviting to the eye, and timeless in design.

Starting from Scratch

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In preparation for the new landscape design, the original backyard space was entirely demolished, and the yard was leveled and prepped for construction.

outdoor living room on bluestone patio featuring a gas fireplace and covered kitchen

The patio pattern is angled to mimic an area rug, defining the outdoor living space

A Cozy Fireplace for Chilly Gatherings

The Bluestone Gas Fireplace is the focal point of the outdoor living room

The outdoor living room and kitchen serve as an ideal hub for gathering with friends and family. A strategically positioned television offers views from the kitchen, outdoor living room, and swimming pool. Audio speakers, scattered throughout the backyard, deliver a surround sound experience.

Adjacent to the fireplace is a designated area for lounging and sunbathing. Colorful planters, shaded loungers, and a soothing water feature create a spa-like ambiance.

custom brick water feature with built in colorful planters

The gentle sound of flowing water promotes a sense of calm and relaxation.

bluestone pool deck and retaining walls with abundant and colorful plantings

A thriving and colorful softscape design gives the backyard landscape a relaxing and welcoming ambiance.

Classic Bluestone and a lively Softscape design

Bluestone pavers were chosen for the pool deck, patios, walls, and fireplace, with darker stone pieces hand-selected to complement the home's style and architecture. Furthermore, the white gazebo columns and brick accents were thoughtfully selected to match the home's exterior. These details were considered throughout the entire landscape design, ensuring a seamless sense of continuity and cohesion. By nightfall, the walls come to life with the gentle glow of low-voltage lighting discreetly placed beneath the caps. The beds include an assortment of low-maintenance plantings, including ornamental grasses, hydrangeas, and black-eyed Susans.

fire table with chairs on a natural stone patio

The side yard includes an additional patio area, complete with a fire table and comfy chairs.

Low-voltage lighting illuminates the gardens and porch, giving the home a grand presence from the street.

The front entrance was reimagined to include a bluestone walkway, colorful plants, and gentle low-voltage lighting to complete the landscape design. The homeowners have shifted from rarely using their outdoor space to being genuinely drawn to it, and they couldn't be happier with the transformation.

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