Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2015

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STONE CREATES ARCHITECTURAL STATEMENT FROM LAND OR LAKE Te outdoor spaces at this Wayzata, Minn., home, overlooking Lake Minnetonka, were completed in two phases: Te construction of the retaining walls to create access from the home to the lakeshore occurred before work on the home had fully begun; then, once the home was nearly complete, the Southview Design team, based in St. Paul, Minn., re- turned to fnish the outdoor living spaces near the home and the landscaping. Tim Johnson, landscape designer and partner, explains that some of the key features of the project included the vanishing pool, hot tub, two gas fre pits, outdoor kitchen, lighting and pool deck areas. Planning the design of the outdoor living spaces required planning and consideration for the Minnesota weather and nuances of the home's landscape. "We have good conversations with the client so we can work with them as far as giving them some good direction or getting some understanding from them as far as what they like. Ten we understand a little bit of the budget so we can know what to propose," Johnson says. "Use of materials is really import- ant, knowing how to complement or contrast. I think picking the right material, knowing how to construct for the climate and not overlooking proper installation practices are really key." Case in point, the blasted granite stone boulders used for the retaining walls ft the homeowner's tastes and budget while creat- ing an architecturally stunning look. From an installation standpoint, Johnson explains the pathway and retaining walls were cut and built to stand up to any drainage from the upper property and winter conditions while still being completely functional for the home- owners to traverse getting from the home to the boat house and vice versa. "Te huge ter- race of stone walls contrast with the house and boat house, creating a nice mixture and a nice contrast architecturally," he says. "Tat was one of things we were trying to achieve, and the whole thing makes a great statement — you won't miss it when you're on the lake." Photos: Troy Thies, Troy Thies Photography QualifiedRemodeler.com | ForResidentialPros.com QR July 2015 27

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