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The backyard had only minimal landscaping – a small patio overtaken by weeds did not fit the size of the house. The plant material was either overgrown or too small. Not only was there no place to sit and relax, there wasn’t much to look at either. Working with Southview Design, these homeowners created an outdoor living space that functions as an extension on the home. The new outdoor living and dining room provide the perfect setting for enjoying life in the fresh air.
While this backyard has plenty of space and uninterrupted views, the patio and plantings were not appropriate for the scale of the property. Now, this elegant and functional outdoor living and dining room extend the living space of the home into the backyard and elevate the aesthetic appeal of the home.
A Bluestone path leads to a sliding walkout door. This refined
detail elevates the entire space without any fussiness. To one side, an outdoor
living room with a grand fireplace as a focal point. To the other side, a patio
dining room for enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Garden beds planted with
flowers, shrubs, and grasses along the perimeter of the patio tie the landscape
in with the architecture of the home, creating the perfect blend for
Enjoy this outdoor living room all day long. A custom
pergola defines the overhead plane, establishing a “ceiling” that makes the
space more intimate in scale. It extends over only a portion of the patio,
which further differentiates the space, one side shaded and one side sunny. The pergola
adds much need shade to the patio, and the ceiling fan keeps it cool even on
the hottest days.
At night and later in the season, it’s easy to light a fire
in the slightly oversized hearth. Outdoor lighting is both functional and
beautiful, illuminating walkways as well as the gardens, and the space under the
Details like this corner seat wall are
both formal and functional. This small wall adds seating or impromptu counter
space while creating a gentle sense of enclosing the space.
Behind the fireplace is this verdant green oasis. A lush carpet of grass and drought-tolerant Sedum
creates a peaceful backyard atmosphere. The plantings are integrated into the
boulder wall to soften the hardscape.
The asphalt driveway in the picture curves around from the front to the tuck-under garage. This plant bed is on the east side of the house. The same Sedum is tucked into and in front of the boulders. Additionally, there are daylilies, Russian Sage, Echinacea, and Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle.
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Modern lines, fine pavers, detailed patio and a simple color palette with vibrant garden accents.
Empty nesters in the process of moving back to Minnesota from California, these homeowners envisioned a tranquil and relaxing backyard with a walk-out patio with wood burning fireplace. Upstairs, they wished for a private dining patio close to their kitchen.
This family of six upgraded their backyard with a modern Bluestone patio and a perfectly regraded lawn for playing sports and games.