Searching for a Home?

Curb Appeal Can Be Fixed!

Searching for a Home?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and CNBC, the number of mortgage applications has been up and down in recent weeks. However, the number is still more than 40% higher than this time last year – meaning more people are looking for a home.  Whether it’s […]

Outdoor Living Under the Deck

Don't Waste the Space!

Outdoor Living Under the Deck

When dreaming of outdoor living spaces you would like to see in your back yard, why not take advantage of the most overlooked space? Under the deck. The majority of homeowners think it’s good for nothing more than storing yard/garden tools, children’s toys, or overwintering patio furniture. If there is enough headroom, why not create […]

Spring List of Chores – What to do Now

And, more importantly, what NOT to do

Spring List of Chores - What to do Now

Fall-planted bulbs are already pushing up through the mulch, golf courses are opening and the temperatures have been well above normal. With spring threatening to come early, Minnesotans are ready, even anxious, to tackle yard chores. But wait! “It’s too early to do much of anything in the yard”, says Isaac Loynachan, one of Southview’s […]

Fall Gardening Tips

Plus What You Should Do to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Fall Gardening Tips

The beauty and bounty that is Fall.  There is plenty of color left but there are a few chores to be completed before the cold and snow of winter sets in.  Southview Design Landscape Architect, Tom Kerby, shares what he does every year in his garden in an article for Lavender Magazine. Take a moment […]

A Home for Marco Solt & Family

Wounded Veteran Project

A Home for Marco Solt & Family

The BATC Foundation, Homes For Our Troops, and Build Partner Accent Homes worked to provide a home for Marco Solt, an army veteran who lost both legs in an encounter with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on his first tour of duty in Afghanistan.  During his recovery, Marco was approached by Homes for Our Troops whose mission […]

Big Easy in Highland Park

Or How to Fit New Orleans in Your Back Yard

Big Easy in Highland Park

Landscape designer Matt Burton packed a lot of landscaping in a very small urban St. Paul back yard.  In just 800 square feet, he created  outdoor spaces for a gas-burning fireplace, a water feature, and a private patio/seating area…all surrounded by a cedar privacy fence and done with a New Orleans flair. The ‘before’ pictures […]

Backyard Games: How About a Game of Chess?

Or Maybe Checkers??

Backyard Games:  How About a Game of Chess?

Did you think backyard games meant the standard basketball or football?  What if you were looking for games anyone could play at any age?  How about chess or checkers?  That’s just what a Woodbury, Mn family was hoping for.  With six grandsons (between the ages of 7 to 17) and all of them interested in […]

Time Just Flew By…in the KARE 11 Backyard

How Does It Look Today?

Time Just Flew the KARE 11 Backyard

Hard to believe it’s been a year since the landscape renovation of the KARE 11 Backyard was completed and the reveal was broadcast on the evening news.  In recognition of the 1-year anniversary of the Backyard, KARE 11 put together a video – a fast-forward look through the seasons in the backyard: The First Year in […]

Play “I spy” a Southview Design truck!


Tell us when you spot a Southview truck, and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $75.00 gift card to the Mall of America. The rules of the game are simple: 1. Spot a Southview Design truck 2. Post your siting on one of our social media sites REMINDER — DRIVE […]

We Should be Watering

Plants, Trees, and Lawns

We Should be Watering

Here in Minnesota, we are in a moderate drought.  After winter, most people hope for the blue sky, sunny days during the spring.  But at this point, we should be hoping for some rain….a gentle, soaking rain.  The kind that lasts the whole day, maybe two or three days. Until the rains come, here are […]

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