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Family-Friendly Swimming Pool Landscape

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

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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 at their former home that they didn’t think twice about calling the firm to design their new swimming pool landscape.

swimming pool hot tub deck

The result is a natural yet elegant landscape that brought their yen for time with their two young children and love of swimming front and center. A trio of connected decks – dining, grilling, and hot tub zones – look out over the 18-by-40-foot showcase swimming pool.

The family’s zest for entertaining – think 32 nieces and nephews – was a big factor in the outdoor design. They are very social people and like to have barbecues and gatherings with our family and friends. Swimming pool safety was also a consideration in positioning the swimming pool close to the home. An automatic swimming pool cover and monitors inside the home also ensure safety.

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They love the water and swimming, so it was their dream to have a pool. The family grills out for lunch or dinner nearly every day. The same year-round use goes for the hot tub on the master-suite deck. She loves the pretty landscape, particularly in warm months. The landscape feels like a park when everything is in bloom.

flowers and plants by swimming pool

Blooms are found in the many landscape beds throughout the lot, which borders the Mississippi River in the rear of the property. Key design elements also included custom cedar decking, extensive use of pavers for the patio, driveway, and front walk, stone retaining walls, and the use of the same stone (Red Mesabi boulder) in two monuments straddling the entryway to the home’s long curved driveway. The couple wanted to bring an ocean theme to the backyard swimming pool. They hand-selected their seating, pillows and umbrellas to punctuate that motif, right down to the decorative tile, hot tub, and pool cover, all in blue tones.

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Tim Johnson of Southview Design says the use of earth tones in the pavers and grill material complement the earth tones on the home. “We also used plant materials that give year-round seasonal interest such as native grasses in fall or Taunton yews in winter. All planting beds incorporate a drip irrigation system to allow for watering during the hot times of the season, which also helps when you have a larger lot.”

To meet with a landscape designer about your “outdoor haven” contact Southview Design, (651) 455-8238.

This article was originally published in Luxury Home and Renovation, Summer 2008. Text by Marcia Jedd, Photography by Kevin Johnston, Johnston Imaging + Interactive. Reprinted with permission.

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