Lake home landscape designed around a swimming pool for the extended family to enjoy.
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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.
DIY disaster put right, this curving staircase with Bluestone landing makes a good first impression.
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.
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.
Our Design-Build Process
Designers and crews had to carve out a portion of a hill to create a level space for a swimming pool and hot tub in this backyard.
Front yard landscape design increased the curb appeal of this Minneapolis home and saved a decades-old oak tree in the process.
Designers overcame several unique challenges to squeeze a deck, pool, and patio with fireplace onto this compact lot in Excelsior, MN.
This family of six upgraded their backyard with a modern Bluestone patio and a perfectly regraded lawn for playing sports and games.
A jewel of a landscape with a swimming pool, fire table & pit, gazebo and outdoor bar with room for a hot tub and play area.