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One of Southview's lead designers was called in to difficult site conditions and high homeowner expectations for a swimming pool oasis in this suburban backyard. Dealing with a steep hill (which sloped toward the home) and saving a large 100-year old oak tree at the top of the hill called for complex and creative design.
Before: BEFORE – Homeowners wanted a pool on this hillside.
After: AFTER – A massive boulder retaining wall was built to create a level space for the swimming pool.
Our Design-Build Process
Intimate Outdoor Dining
Their only outdoor space, other than a screen porch, was a small paver patio just large enough for a high-top table for four. Preserving the existing paver patio and nearby maple tree topped the clients’ wish list.
Several Outdoor Spaces Surround the Pool for Family and Guests
The end result is multiple areas for outdoor living. The homeowners enjoy a screened porch, a paver patio plus a swimming pool area with plenty of space for catching some sun or dining; the hot tub is tucked away in a private corner. Landscape lighting in all areas makes the yard inviting early and late in the day.
Natural Stone Steps and Bridge over a Dry Creek Bed to the new Pool Deck
Storm water management and landscape drainage was needed to keep the home's foundation dry. A dry creek bed at the lowest point directs water around the foundation and into gardens. Stone steps bridge the gap between the lower patio and the pool area.
Stone Steps on the Far Side of the Pool Lead to an Upper Level Fire Pit
Leveling out a space for the pool meant cutting into the hill and installing a boulder wall (Superior Trap). The top of the hill has an in-ground fire pit, big enough for family gatherings, and a play area for the homeowners' children.
Chilton Stone Steps Lead to an Upper Level in the Yard
Chilton Stone Steps provide access to the upper yard where they wanted a rustic-looking fire pit. A 100-year old tree on this level was saved and will give shade for many years to come.
Surrounded by the Woods, this Fire Pit Could Be Any Campsite
At the top of the steps is an in-ground fire pit surrounded by Superior Trap boulders for seating with crushed trap and flagstones to walk on. The crushed trap keeps the weeds down and mud-free.
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Captivating swimming pool landscape in Hastings MN designed with every amenity for maximum comfort and fun.
A national award-winner. Peaceful outdoor living with wetland views, bluestone pool deck, colorful gardens, and hot tub.
Recognized for excellence in design and construction. A steep hill became a casual Northwoods living space.