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Backyard Design – Award-winning and Stunning

Home Sweet Resort

This Minnesota lakeside project won an award from NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry). Southview’s designer, Tim Johnson, won the 2012 Contractor of the Year for Residential Exterior. The clients’ overall goal was entertaining family and friends. The original wish list included a pool, fire pit, and an outdoor kitchen (which was a surprise for Mother’s Day) but the list grew over time to include a waterfall/pond, putting green, and a fireplace with pergola.

Designer Tim Johnson paid special attention to the architectural details of the home and repeated them in the landscape. The stone on the kitchen and fireplace match the stone on the house. The curve of the hearth, the firebox opening, and the side of the chimney reflect the curves of the eyebrow window, the upper deck wall, the main floor deck and railing – even the furniture has a few curves!

Fireplace + pergola = Beautiful outdoor living space


A Fine Way to Relax

Kitchen Stone Matches the House Stone

The fireplace and pergola presented a whole new set of challenges. The designer’s vision was two support columns but several engineers insisted on four. With four, the

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front columns would have been close to the pool’s edge and in the flow of traffic. But one engineer took on the challenge and with a poured concrete footing and enough rebar to “cage bears” only two support columns hold up the steel pergola. “The pergola is 1800 lbs. We need a crane!” , Tim Johnson said.

Pergola hoisted in place using a crane

After a few nervous moments, the pergola was in place. It was welded to the support columns then surrounded by natural stone. From 5′ below ground to 14′ above, it’s all one structure. Other design details enhancing the landscape include flagstone inlays in the concrete pool deck, a full wood-burning fireplace with gas starter, low-voltage lighting highlighting the seat wall, planters, pergola, and water features, and an outdoor kitchen with grill, plenty of storage, refrigerator, and granite countertop.


Pool, fireplace, kitchen, and nearby waterfall – all overlooking the lake

Congratulations to Tim Johnson and his entire team! Way to go!

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