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Wood-fired Ovens Getting Some Attention

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Wood-fired Ovens Getting Some Attention

Southview Design was recently featured in a Houzz article this past week (written by a Houzz contributor – an interior designer from Canada) focusing on wood-fired ovens.     This Minneapolis project, completed in 2011, was centered around a simple wood-fired oven on a backyard paver and stone patio.  Our homeowners love making pizza but […]

3rd Annual Fall Festival

Join us at Hedberg - Stillwater

3rd Annual Fall Festival

The unveiling of the new Hedberg-Stillwater Outdoor Living Area – designed and installed by Southview Design – will be on Saturday, September 14th from 10am to 2pm.  It’s a rain or shine event with free food, hayrides and face-painting plus 50% OFF all perennials, native plants (one gallon size) and shrubs.  Come join us at […]

Fire & Light

Practical and Beautiful

Fire & Light

In a recent ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) survey, fire pits/fireplaces and night lighting topped the landscape wish lists of what homeowners want. But there are two camps when it comes to why homeowners want those elements. There are those who look at the practicality of adding a fireplace (fire pit) or outdoor lighting […]

Front Porches Are Back….and Gaining in Popularity

What's Old is New Again

Front Porches Are Back....and Gaining in Popularity

The front porch. A porch swing. Two rockers. Flowers. A game of chess. Did you grow up in a home with a front porch?  I have always loved the front porch swing myself. Life on the front porch – it has always been a place to enjoy the lazy, hazy summer afternoons and evenings, a […]

3 Qualities to Look for in a Landscape Company

Choosing is Easier than You Think

3 Qualities to Look for in a Landscape Company

Hard to believe but it’s not always “about the price”.  For some, it’s more about getting good value for the money.  Part of that value is feeling confident in your choice. Take the time to look at a company’s values and you increase your chances of a successful relationship.  Here are a few qualities to […]

2013 Outdoor Living Trends

What Does Your Dream Back Yard Look Like?

2013 Outdoor Living Trends

Outdoor living spaces have moved beyond the simple patio or deck with way too much furniture in a too-small-space.  Each designed space is unique and reflects the homeowner’s needs and wants.  However, the list of must-haves has changed a bit over the last few years.  Outdoor kitchens were all the rage just a few years […]

Fire(place) and Water

...the best of both worlds

Fire(place) and Water

There’s been increasing interest lately for more than just a fire pit or fire table.  Fireplaces in the new outdoor living spaces are becoming more popular.  The fireplace pictured below was a prominent landscape feature on the 2012 Luxury Home Tour.  Just a few short years ago, each fireplace was designed and installed using veneered […]

Small yard, big difference

A few small changes = usable space

Small yard, big difference

With a little attention to detail, even an “ordinary” yard can be transformed into an appealing outdoor space for relaxation and entertaining.

The Seasons May Be Changing….

but now is the time to think about new outdoor furniture!

The Seasons May Be Changing....

 Lake Cabin and Swimming Pool closed for season – Check  Irrigation System Winterized – Check Cover the Outdoor Furniture and Grill – Check Wait!  Before you cover up the patio set or drag it off to the backyard shed – take a good look at your outdoor furniture.  Has it seen better days? Has your family outgrown […]

Let It Rain! Let It Rain!

Stormwater Management is Everyone's Responsibility

Let It Rain! Let It Rain!

Keeping our lakes and streams fresh and clean and our drinking water supply healthy is a concern we all have.  One great solution to the problem is a Permeable Paver System.  The paver system filters and cools the water before it hits our lakes and streams.  It also gives water a chance to percolate back […]

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