The homeowners have been in their home for 30+years. The homeowners for this Minnetonka project had goals to update the landscaping around their entire property. They had a tired concrete sidewalk with improper drainage and overgrown plantings that needed updating. The backyard had a gradual slope making it somewhat unusable and they really wanted an outdoor living space with a pergola. When entertaining in their new backyard they would need a better way for family and guests to arrive and get to the backyard as they walked through the sloped side yard area.

The design solution was to replace the front yard concrete sidewalk with a new limestone sidewalk and shade tolerant plantings.  Drainage correction alleviated a perpetual slippery spot on the walkway and wayfinding lights were added.  Curb appeal was restored to this family gem!

The backyard is vast and parklike.  With grandchildren in the mix, now was the time to use this space!  Stone steps and plantings in the side yard area lead to the new outdoor room.  A new masonry stone retaining wall creates a flat area for a limestone patio and pergola adorned with stone columns. The new outdoor living room has  two distinct areas for dining and lounging. Large trees were strategically placed for privacy. The addition of landscape lighting to this space creates an ambiance like no other.  Other highlights of the backyard include stainless steel raised garden beds and a 20+ tree orchard.

Highlights of this project include:

  • New plantings and sidewalk in the front yard
  • Stone steps leading to backyard
  • Raised stone patio with pergola
  • Low voltage lighting
  • Low maintenance woodland plantings
  • Raised planters
  • Orchard

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