Landscape Design and Architecture projects by Southview Design a landscaping design and construction company in Minneapolis St. Paul MN
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Full-service residential landscaping contractor: services include design and construction of patios, hardscapes, swimming pools, retaining walls, outdoor living spaces.
You Can’t Get There From Here. Grade changes in a landscape require steps to transition from one level to another, to prevent erosion, and for safety. Whether quarried natural stone, concrete (block or pavers), or brick, they should be solid and useful. The most common material for landscape steps is natural stone.
Step design starts with the style of the landscape and home. Steps add interest to the landscape and can make a statement at an entry, pique curiosity about the destination, or simply provide easy access to other parts of the landscape. Steps and stairs can be decorative, with or without rails, lit with low-voltage outdoor lighting from top to bottom, edged with plants to add color, curved or straight, with or without landings.
Correct sizing is important. The common formula for landscape step construction is a 6-inch riser and a 12-inch tread. However, riser heights from 4 to 7 inches can be used. The relationship between riser and tread should remain constant throughout the entire flight of steps/stairs. Wide steps are perceived as more welcoming and allow side-by-side climbing. Plus, wider steps also allow for container gardens or a private spot to sit.
A striking mix of textures artfully accented with a custom railing.
Concrete steps and boulder wall lead from the front yard to backyard.
Curving steps with stone veneer and smooth stone caps.
An elegant limestone staircase with large-format treads leads to a luxurious outdoor living room.
This split asymmetrical staircase, divided by a built-in planter, leads to a saltwater pool.
Irregular boulder wall and Chilton stone steps add some rugged character to this backyard.
Concrete steps through a tiered retaining wall provide easy access from the street to the front door.
Stone steps cut from boulders blend right into this stacked boulder retaining wall.
A path from the front yard descends down this saw-cut boulder staircase past a basalt column bubbler and native perennials.
Natural stone steps with flagstone walkway.
Multiple sets of steps run up a steep slope which helps this family safely access their outdoor spaces and the lake.
Our Design-Build Process
Designers overcame several unique challenges to squeeze a deck, pool, and patio with fireplace onto this compact lot in Excelsior, MN.
Side yard landscape design for classic Edina home with New York Bluestone patio, Chilton stone walls, and custom-designed white arbor.
Five years in the making, this secluded backyard will take your breath away. Overcoming significant construction challenges to combine lake access and a private pool.
Created with both privacy and fun in mind, this Eden Prairie backyard features an in-ground trampoline, putting green, semi-enclosed outdoor living room, paver patio, and cedar deck.
Classic Edina patio and pergola, custom-crafted for intimate conversation.
This home is a walk-out, but you have to wonder "a walk-out to where?" A steep hill and tiny footprint complicated this backyard landscaping project.