Extensive Grading and Elevation Challenges

This property sits on top of a hill, and way at the bottom is the lake. The walk down was such a pain for this family of four that they contemplated moving! Instead, they called Southview to create an overall more enjoyable space with an accessible path to the water. With a steep slope and little space to work with, the Southview design team thought outside the box and created a solution that made this family want to stay.

slope, boulder retaining wall, plantings

An impressive glacial boulder retaining wall and a verdant shady garden filled with natural plantings.

Lower-level patio with a fire pit. Steps connect the patio and the dock.

Lower-Level Patio at the Lake Entrance

The bottom set of stone steps connect to the dock and patio. The circular flagstone patio is surrounded by beautiful greenery and has a low boulder seat wall on one side. We imagine on chillier days when the kids still want to swim, sitting around the wood-burning fire pit is the perfect place to warm up.

vertical, stone steps, boulder wall, plantings
under deck patio with knotty pine ceiling, string lights and ceiling fan

Stairway to Heaven

Terraces on a Steep Slope

Multiple sets of stone steps lead from the lower-level patio/lake entrance to the terraces at the top. On one side of the home, there is a patio under the deck with plenty of space to lounge. This patio is covered with a knotty pine ceiling and also has string lights and a ceiling fan. An additional dining patio is off to the side with a gas fire table. From that height, wherever you are, there's a scenic view of the water.

Upper-level terraces with concrete paver patios. A perfect place to watch the sunset and enjoy a glass of wine.

Irregular cut natural stone steppers, cedar planters with vegetable garden

Irregular cut natural stone steppers run along the side of the home, and a vegetable garden grows in cedar planters.

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