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Many people can relate

Many people can relate to this homeowner's predicament, the need to replace a rotting wood deck and a crumbling concrete patio in the backyard as well as a crumbling, uninviting concrete walkway in the front.

Woodbury Residence

For the back yard, a more spacious elevated patio was the perfect solution with a planter and steps down to yard level. Because they are more durable and require little to no maintenance, elevated and ground-level patios are the preferred choice when replacing old decks. Perimeter seating and space for a chiminea or fire bowl adds to the perfect outdoor living space.

Woodbury Residence

In the front, Villa Landscapes designed a unique entry court using Willow Creek Cobblestone pavers, a circular landing and a curved VERSA-LOK retaining wall, creating a usable, inviting front entry that also solved stormwater issues.

From drab to dramatic

 

This Maplewood homeowner's front entry went from drab to dramatic with the addition of a ground level patio using Willow Creek Cobblestone paving stones, a VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems seat wall and a matching single course of pavers as a tidy garden border. This Maplewood homeowner's front entry went from drab to dramatic with the addition of a ground level patio using Willow Creek Cobblestone paving stones, a VERSA-LOK Retaining Wall Systems seat wall and a matching single course of pavers as a tidy garden border. With overgrown plants in the front and the space virtually unusable, the home owners wanted a living space with plenty of room for outdoor furnishings such as the movable fire table or a table and chairs. The perimeter seat wall gives the area a cozy "front porch" ambience.

No need to escape to the woods!

As the centerpiece of this beautiful patio created with Willow Creek Circlestone in Lakeshore Blend, the handsome, sturdy fire pit will be the focus for seasons of outdoor gatherings for years to come.

A fire pit and patio in the backyard are ideal for long summer nights and chilly days. As the centerpiece of this beautiful patio created with Willow Creek Circlestone in Lakeshore Blend, the handsome, sturdy fire pit will be the focus for seasons of outdoor gatherings for years to come. The VERSA-LOK retaining wall block (Chestnut Blend customized with Gray) creates beautiful stairs with just the Standard unit.

As the centerpiece of this beautiful patio created with Willow Creek Circlestone in Lakeshore Blend, the handsome, sturdy fire pit will be the focus for seasons of outdoor gatherings for years to come.

An investment to last a lifetime!

A half-circle garden adds a graceful transition to the driveway from the patio area.

Updating the front walkway adds miles of curb appeal from front door to driveway. The graceful walkway, using Willow Creek Cobblestone Lakeshore Blend pavers, looks stunning with the Prairie Tan border as well as the arched window. The VERSA-LOK retaining wall in Chestnut Blend creates additional interest with a tiered garden and plantings. Extra outdoor living space for seating, grilling or whatever you desire, is achieved with a wider patio area within the walkway. 

Updating the front walkway adds milles of curb appeal from front door to driveway.

Hot tub anyone?

The VERSA-LOK Standard retaining wall blocks in Weathered Chestnut with Prairie Tan caps creates stunning walls, steps and columns.  

This outdoor living space design combines the best of all possible worlds. The paver patio is an ideal shady transition spot between the screened-in porch and the sunny hot tub deck. The VERSA-LOK Standard retaining wall blocks in Weathered Chestnut with Prairie Tan caps creates stunning walls, steps and columns. The Prairie Tan border contrasts beautifully with Willow Creek Cobblestone pavers in a custom color blend. Bullnose units add a classic, finishing touch to the steps.

The VERSA-LOK Standard retaining wall blocks in Weathered Chestnut with Prairie Tan caps creates stunning walls, steps and columns.

Flower Power!

A seat wall of VERSA-LOK Standard Weathered enclosing the Willow Creek Circlestone patio doubles as a seating area while adding more planting space.

The random, natural appearance of this Willow Creek Cobblestone patio and garden walkway, framed by shade-loving annuals and perennials, creates restful spaces.  VERSA-LOK columns using the Standard unit create an eye-catching entrance to the circular patio, inviting you to gather for evening relaxation.

The random, natural apperance of this walkway creates a restful space.A seat wall and columns surround this patio space.

Permeable Pavers Saved this Family's Dream of a New Patio

When homeowners in Falcon Heights wanted to add an outdoor patio between a driveway and their home, they discovered that their plans would exceed the city's limit on impermeable surfaces.

Limits on impervious surfaces are not uncommon. Each municipality in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area must file an annual report of its stormwater management practices as required by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The homeowners decided that permeable pavers would be an environmentally friendly solution that would meet the city's impervious footprint limit. They selected Willow Creek Brickstone Permeable and Aqua-Loc pavers.

The new outdoor space includes a dining area, firepit patio surrounded by a VERSA-LOK seat wall, and steps that connect the patio to a sliding door and a side entrance. The combination of two styles of permeable paver lends the outdoor space a unique appearance, while meeting regulations that limit impermeable surfaces on residential property.This beautiful patio uses a combination of Brickstone Permeable and Aqua-Loc pavers.

Dedicated dining space brightens up back yard

The lack of a dedicated outdoor dining area and deteriorating wooden steps prompted this homeowner in Richfield to update the back entrance. Villa Landscapes used the durable Versa-Lok® pedestal stack steps, capped with Willow Creek Slatestone in Bleu for the landing, and added contrasting treads and borders. The steps flow easily to both the new patio and the existing sidewalk, while the elevated patio defines the space for small gatherings. The homeowner plans a second project that will include a grill island niche between the Slatestone patio and the home's wing wall.

Slatestone patio created by a Villa Landscapes designerSlatestone patio created by a Villa Landscapes designer

Home's entrance made welcoming and safer with same level patio, sidewalk

This homeowner in Eden Prairie wanted to freshen up the home's entrance, widen the walkway and make it one level. By removing an extra step and creating a patio with the new entrance, Villa created a multi-purpose and visually stunning feature to the home. The homeowner can use the extra space of the patio for entertaining and for access when it is needed. Which product? Villa also selected appropriately sized greenery to open up the entry, rock and bark mulch for variety, contrasting soldier and sailor paver courses in charcoal to define the walkway and landscaped areas, and a retaining wall planter to define the exterior. The result is an extraordinary entrance that is both multi-functional and welcoming and ultimately a safer entrance. Homeowner wanted to freshen up the home's entrance, widen the walkway and make it one level.

Unique seating and fire pit area sets outdoor living space apart from the rest

 

The circular patio created with Unilock Trevia pavers in Oakwood adds contrasts and interest around the Willow Creek Ledgestone fire ring kit in Bronze Blend, while areas of Chilton flagstone steppers, river rock and mulch add pizzazz to the plant areas.

This family in Champlin wanted to enhance their outdoor living space with a stunning fire pit and seating area. Villa Landscapes used VERSA-LOK segmental retaining wall blocks in Bronze Blend to create a spacious couch seating wall subtly accented with a layer of Unilock Copthorne pavers in Burgundy Red. The couch creates a beautiful surround to the fire pit that will extend outdoor time long into the night and late into the seasons, especially with the addition of inset lighting. Patios and walkways combine Unilock Brussels in Sierra paving stones complimented by double borders in Sierra and Burgundy Red. The circular patio created with Unilock Trevia pavers in Oakwood adds contrasts and interest around the Willow Creek Ledgestone fire ring kit in Bronze Blend, while areas of Chilton flagstone steppers, river rock and mulch add pizzazz to the plant areas.

Villa Landscapes provides complete landscaping design-and-build services to homeowners in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin, including Afton, Albertville, Andover, Anoka, Apple Valley, Arden Hills, Bayport, Big Lake, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Buffalo, Burnsville, Cambridge, Champlin, Chanhassen, Chaska, Chisago City, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Corcoran, Cottage Grove, Crystal, Deephaven, Delano, Eagan, East Bethel, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Elko New Market, Empire, Excelsior, Falcon Heights, Farmington, Forest Lake, Fridley, Golden Valley, Grant, Ham Lake, Hastings, Hopkins, Hudson, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, Isanti, Lakeville, Jordan, Lino Lakes, Lindstrom, Little Canada, Mahtomedi, Mankato, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetrista, Mound, Mounds View, New Brighton, New Hope, New Richmond, North Oaks, Northfield, Oakdale, Orono, Osceola, Otsego, Plymouth, Prescott, Prior Lake, Ramsey, Red Wing, Richfield, Richmond, River Falls, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Rosemount, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, Shorewood, South St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, St. Anthony, St. Cloud, St. Francis, St. Louis Park, St. Michael, St. Paul, Stillwater, Taylor Falls, Vadnais Heights, Victoria, Waconia, Wayzata, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, Wyoming. Landscaping features include paver patios, driveways, retaining walls, seat walls, freestanding walls, freestanding columns, walkways, permeable pavements, water features, fire features including outdoor fireplaces (Stone Age, fire pits, fire rings, fire tables, brick ovens), hearths and mantles, outdoor kitchens, grills, grill islands (Necessories, Harmony, Belgard), stone benches, stone tables, and curbing. Materials used include retaining wall block (VERSA-LOK, Anchor, Interlock, Rockwood, Belgard), concrete pavers (Willow Creek, Unilock, Holland, tumbled, Weathered, permeable, Anchor, Belgard, Interlock, Silver Creek), sand, gravel, black dirt (soil), fill material, base material, decorative rock, rip rap, boulders, fieldstone, mulch, wood chips, landscape poly, fabric, geogrid (Mirafi, SRW), geotextile (SRW), erosion control blanket, silt fencing, wattles and other erosion control materials, adhesives and sealers (Pave Tech, SRW, TK, Techniseal), polymeric sand, edging, edgers, slabs, artificial boulders, drain tile, pop up emitters, pond kits, waterfalls, fountains. Landscape natural stone options for patios and walls including flagstone and steppers (Charcoal granite, Rockville granite, Chilton limestone, Fond du Lac limestone, hickory gray limestone, Minnesota Dolomite, Kasota stone, bay-de-noc, desert bronze, plum creek, Virginia slate, Minnesota Iron Range stone, Rocky Mountain Quartzite gold silver and charcoal, and New York Bluestone), flagstone cut and patterned (Chilton, Fond du Lac, Indiana Limestone, New York bluestone, Carmel Creek, Sandy Creek, Tumbled marble, Rainforest Quartzite, wallstone, retaining wall stone (granite, Blue River, Chilton, Desert Bronze, Fond du Lac, Hickory Gray, Minnesota Dolomite, Kasota Stone, Bluestone, chestnut, glacier bay, highland brown, mission springs, sandy creek), steps (Chilton, Desert bronze, Fond du Lac, Minnesota Dolomite, Kasota stone, Minnesota Iron Range Virginia slate, Bluestone, Chestnut, highland brown, Sandy Creek), boulders and decorative outcroppings, stone paver paving stones (granite, used and recycled granite, Lannon Templeton), stone border edging, pebbles, benches, basalt columns and bird baths, Buechel Stone, Halquist Stone, manufactured stone, cobble, slabs, concrete block, chimney flues, fireplace, fire brick, stone sealers and cleaners, stone delivery, Napoleon Gourmet Grills, Comfort Craft outdoor furniture, LuxCraft outdoor furniture, pergolas, raised planter boxes.