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Backyard Potential

Changing ho-hum into WOW

Backyard Potential

Originally, just a plain white house with a standard deck, a huge yard that dwarfs the play system, evergreen screening from the neighbors and a whole lotta lawn to mow. Pretty standard stuff. But is this house and yard really “all it can be”? With a little vision and planning, the transformation was spectacular. The […]

Staying Home to Get Away…

Could it be any easier?

Staying Home to Get Away...

Originally, the back yard sloped dramatically from the house toward a pond at the bottom of the hill – basically, an unusable yard. And for a family with small children and a love for entertaining, they were looking for some help. The homeowners were looking for a getaway and that’s exactly what they got. First […]

Paver driveway basketball court

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Paver driveway basketball court

These homeowners needed a driveway and the kids needed a basketball court. A very sports-minded family, they insisted that it should be a high-school-regulation court…and here’s something you don’t see every day… it’s done in pavers. Everything from the lanes, top of the key and height of the baskets – all of it – regulation. […]

Putting Green Landscape

Practice makes perfect!

Putting Green Landscape

This putting green is part of the overall resort-feel to this back yard with its firepit patio, swimming pool and outdoor kitchen/bar. The green’s “turf” is synthetic and includes the “rough” around the fringe. There are three holes to test your skill and it’s contoured to mimic the golf course greens. This spacious back yard […]

Make Room for a Swimming Pool!

Can a sloping yard handle a swimming pool?

Make Room for a Swimming Pool!

Just because there’s not a level spot in your yard doesn’t mean you can’t have a swimming pool….it just requires a good design.  Take this project in Ramsey County, Mn as an example.  Note the difference in grade between the sliding glass doors at the house and the outer edge of the yard.  Big Slope!  But this […]

Small Space? No Problem!

Smart landscape design makes the most of small space

Small Space? No Problem!

Watch a project installation in a small yard from day 1 to the end…. Do you have a small yard and think, “What can I do with it?!” Well, with great design you can usually have an outdoor living room that combines a perfect entertainment space, landscape focal points, and gardening opportunities. This describes my […]