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Maximizing Usable Outdoor Living Space

A large, open backyard offers a lot of potential for a custom landscape. It serves as a blank slate to create an extension of your home that perfectly matches you and your lifestyle. A client in Howard Lake, Minnesota wanted to revamp their backyard to maximize the usable space for outdoor living. We installed a large paver walkway and patio with custom features including multiple seating areas, a full kitchen, and a fire pit, as well as a four-season porch addition.

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To complete this project, we:

  • Installed a new, large paver walkway with multiple seating areas
  • Updated existing single-level attached deck and replaced footings
  • Replaced larger deck with a four-season porch addition with staircase
  • Created outdoor living area with seating and mounted TV below porch
  • Installed full outdoor kitchen featuring a grill, warming drawer, side burner, and wood-fired oven
  • Built a separate outdoor bar with seating, counterspace, and additional grill
  • Constructed a spacious fire pit with seating area and two built-in planters 
  • Designed and installed custom lighting for stylish accents and nighttime usability
  • Added new plants, mulch, and edging for a clean and completed look

Your landscape should serve as a sanctuary for you, your family, and your friends to relax and enjoy nature. With this project, our design-build experts were able to create a custom outdoor living space that’s perfect for taking advantage of Minnesota’s warmer months, both day and night. From daytime cookouts and happy hours to nights by the fire or watching the big game, this stunning landscape has something for everyone.

Contact us to optimize the usable space of your backyard and outdoor living areas with a custom landscape design.


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