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Residential Outdoor Living Trends for 2011

The most popular back yard ideas

Residential Outdoor Living Trends for 2011

Every year, surveys are done and articles written about the latest trends in Landscaping or Outdoor Living.  The most recent survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects (Custom Home Magazine, March 2011) shows that while homeowners are scaling back a bit on what goes into their outdoor living spaces (blame the economy), they are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Family-Friendly Swimming Pool Landscape

A family of four fulfills a wish for a swimming pool and more.

Family-Friendly Swimming Pool Landscape

A luxury home on four acres in a river setting with spacious patios and a swiming pool is truly a haven. That’s what this family in Big Lake Minnesota created with the help of Southview Design, and their builder. The couple enjoyed working with landscape designer Tim Johnson and the crew at Southview so much […]

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