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When these homeowners in Stillwater needed to replace their aging deck, their backyard view of the woods and wildlife was something they wanted to preserve.
Villa Landscapes designed an elevated deck using a VERSA-LOK retaining wall—going from ground level to 42" tall—as a support for their new patio to replace the deck. The result was a beautiful, open spacious patio made with Willow Creek Cobblestone pavers that didn't have any barriers, like a deck railing, to the view. A contrasting course of river rock was used to create the perfect visual and physical boundary and a space for potted plants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.