Villa Landscape's Design Blog
The residents at this Bloomington home wanted to dress up their front entry and create a back yard entertainment area. The Villa Landscapes solution included an entry court in the front of the house and plenty of space for seating around a Ledgestone fire ring in the back. A paver border running around one side of the house, and separating the lawn from a bed of landscape rock, connects the front and back portions of this project.
Straight lines and right angles define this patio in Lakeland Shores. "The design fits the space and the customer's taste," said Villa Landscapes landscape designer Kelly O'Donahue. "It's a classic contemporary look."
The patio is the perfect size for a couch, table and two chairs. A short walkway connects the patio to a paver-covered stoop outside the home's front door. A seat wall provides additional informal seating, and a sharp double border frames the entire space.
With ample shade, this paver patio in White Bear Lake provides a perfect spot to settle in for a lazy afternoon. The project features Willow Creek concrete pavers, with random-pattern Cobblestone pavers making up the patio and Bullnose pavers used as stair treads on a landing outside the back door.
"The homeowner wanted a simple space for chairs and a table, so that's what I designed," said Villa Landscapes landscape designer Andy Lofboom. "But simple doesn't have to mean plain. The curving patio border and Bullnose treads add visual interest and give the space a finished look."
When a two-tiered timber retaining wall deteriorated at this residence in south Minneapolis, the homeowner called in Villa Landscapes to replace the failing wall with a two-tiered segmental retaining wall. Our designer specified a 4-foot-tall VERSA-LOK weathered Mosaic wall for the lower tier and another 4-foot-tall wall for the upper tier, built from a mix of weathered VERSA-LOK Standard and Cobble units. “We were able to build columns, steps, walls, and a double-faced wall all from the same solid wall units,” explained Josh Peterson, field supevisor. The result is a stunning, coordinated total solution to this homeowner's soil erosion problems.
When many people think of landscaping, they think of back yards. But front entry makeovers are one of the most popular requests Villa designers get these days. You can give your home a fresh look with something as simple as a paver sidewalk or patio in front.
Covering a traditional concrete front stoop with pavers eliminates the labor-intensive task of removing it. Adding broad scalloped steps to this renovated front stoop gave the home an elegant new look.
Or you can go with a more elaborate design that includes retaining walls and columns. The owners of this new front entry patio say it never takes long when they're sitting out there before someone in the neighborhood stops by to chat.
Stop in and talk with a Villa landscape designer this fall. There's still time to get your project going, or you can work up a plan over the winter and be at the top of our installation list next spring.
Summer is in full swing, and Minnesotans are enjoying the outdoors while they can. Villa Landscapes created this spacious new patio in North Oaks that features bluestone pavers with inlays. Tall grass plantings and flowers provide a nice accent in the corner.
Tasteful plantings and massive stone steps transformed this yard's slope into a functional space that's beautiful to look at. This Woodbury project also was designed by Villa's Peter Friend.
It’s springtime, so it must be Super Saturday Sale time!
Break out your shovels and rakes. The ground is thawed, there are yard projects to be started,.and Patio Pete is here to help you with our first Super Saturday Sale of the season May 14!
All day Saturday, we’ve knocked <strong>10% all VERSA-LOK retaining walls, Willow Creek pavers, and decorative rock, flagstone and mulch.</strong> We’ll not only get you going on your project, we’ll feed you too. Me and my assistants will be serving free hotdogs and beverages at all three Patio Town locations on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the whole family!
Villa Landscapes welcomes Lonny Sekeres to our staff.
Lonny brings to Villa Landscapes a wide range of landscape design skills. He’s a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Design and minor in horticultural design. Lonny formerly managed the residential landscape division of a Twin Cities landscape and garden center, where he honed his design skills and developed a passion for working with homeowners.
This backyard in Grant had little going for it until Villa Landscapes took over.
A steep set of wooden stairs led from a three-season porch down to a nondescript exposed-aggregate patio underneath. River rock edged the patio and back of the house, and a flat strip of green lawn extended to the woods.
Villa Landscapes Designer Andy Lofboom replaced the concrete patio with a Willow Creek Cobblestone paver patio that sweeps away from the house in graceful curves and transforms to twin interlocking Willow Creek Circlestone patios. A VERSA-LOK seat wall rings the perimeter of one Circlestone patio, which features a raised VERSA-LOK firepit in the center. Short columns cap each end of the seat wall and sport a carriage light on top. A double soldier course of pavers edges the patio in two colors. Large stepping stones provide access to the patio from either side.
A stylish spiral staircase replaced the wooden stairs and freed up more space on the patio for a hot tub. Support posts for the porch were wrapped in stone veneer that complements the pavers.
If you're thinking of putting your house on the market, you may want to consider some landscaping improvements to beef up your sale price.
Landscaping is a good investment, according to a recent study by the Journal of Environmental Horticulture. For every dollar you spend on landscaping, your home will see a $1.35 increase in value.
Results of the study were reported in the September 2010 issue of Lawn & Landscape Magazine:
In a crowded and depressed real-estate market, homeowners may be best served to undertake exterior home improvements like landscaping in order to increase the value of their homes and to help their property stand out to prospective buyers, according to the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC).
A study in Lubbock, Texas, published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture, evaluated 75 homes and concluded that every dollar invested in landscaping returns $1.35 – or a 35 percent return on investment. The same study found that having high-quality landscape compared to an average home increases the sales price of the home by 5.7 percent. This number jumped to a 10.8 percent increase in the value of a home when comparing an excellent quality landscape to an average landscape.