Idyllic stay-at-home backyard with a pool house, outdoor sound system, putting green, outdoor kitchen, hot tub, lighting, lower-level fire pit, and fire table.
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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
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.
The focus of this project was to make the back yard wheelchair accessible and add curb appeal. The project was completed over two years. The front yard was completed first, then the backyard.
When Mr. Homeowner says "no deck, please," designers get creative with tiered retaining walls and paver patios.
Underlying structural issues called for a total backyard overhaul including a new outdoor kitchen, cabana, renovated pool, and sport court.
With amenities like a dining patio, fire table, and swimming pool this landscape is ready for summer pool parties and fall evenings around the fire – or enjoying the hot tub.
A regulation horseshoe pitch attracts neighbors like a magnet to this Minneapolis MN side yard. The landscaping includes two patios and a large seat wall for spectators.