Green, Earth-friendly and Sustainable

By helping our clients design and build sustainable, earth-friendly landscapes – and by changing how we think and act – Southview Design is committed to "green in action."

Experts in Landscaping Best Practices

Southview designers and crews are Minnesota Green Star-Trained. This means we are experts at using landscaping best practices to reduce the environmental impact of building and remodeling projects, and to restore air and water quality. For an example of one of our sustainable landscape projects, see Green Luxury.

Our active participation in the Minnesota Green Star program, and service to the organization, is proof of our commitment to healthy and sustainable landscaping practices. Minnesota Green Star is a non-profit organization that educates homeowners, builders and remodelers, and certifies green building and remodeling residential projects.

In Our Own Backyard

In addition to our participation in Green Star, we look for ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle in our homes and at work. We’ve significantly cut the amount of waste we generate in the office, and we have completed many landscaping projects using permeable pavers and stormwater management practices.

sustainable landscape design dry creek bed for drainage in inver grove heights mn

No-mow backyard conserves water and time by replacing the lawn with a hardy garden.

 Inver grove heights backyard plunge pool and artificial grass

Diminutive plunge pool and hyper-realistic artificial grass are two landscaping elements that can help conserve water.

Sustainable Garden and Front Yard Landscaping in Minneapolis Mn

We took extra measures to preserve a mature oak tree when we installed this garden and walkway. Trees that shade your home on summer's hottest days can keep you cool and save energy (and money).

up close view of permeable pavers

Permeable patio with two contrasting patterns and colors.

permeable paver seating patio

Permeable paver sitting patio.

brick paver circle driveway front yard landscape with curb appeal

This brick paver patio is designed to protect nearby water ways by allowing stormwater to infiltrate into the ground to prevent toxic runoff.

permeable lake house drive way and sustainable garden plants

A permeable driveway and garden of native flowers and grasses protect the lake from stormwater and fertilizer runoff.

hillside forest landscape with wrap around patio

In this hillside landscaping project, we were able to add a wrap-around patio, staircase, and waterfall without disturbing the established pine trees.

New construction with a rain garden sustainable landscape in the front yard.

This rain garden mitigates storm runoff.

rain barrel and hose in minneapolis

Use a rain barrel to water your garden with storm water all summer long.

A Video Story

"Why would we want a cabin?"

This Apple Valley project won top honors in 2012 from the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association for transforming a steep and useless backyard into an "amazing" outdoor living space.

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Dog-Friendly Backyard

A dog-loving couple envisioned an outdoor space that would satisfy humans and canines alike. Featuring a patio and pergola, fireplace, and a low-maintenance garden.

Creating from a Blank Slate

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.

Tranquil Outdoor Refuge

These Edina homeowners wanted a place to greet neighbors in the front yard, places to entertain in the back, and a spa they could use year-round.

Lakeside Award-Winner

Minnesota backyard resort with swimming pool, pond, putting green, pergola, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit.

Dream Home Landscape

Luxurious modern landscape design complements this Rustic Belgian inspired dream home.

Hillside Forest Retreat

Award-winning lake home landscape combines natural materials with Midcentury modern design, making the most of the surrounding trees.