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Fire Pit and Patio Make Night Time the Right Time to be Outdoors

There's no better way to enjoy the outdoors late into the night and long into the fall than with a stunning, curving patio and a fire pit designed by Villa Landscapes. This family will get years of use and enjoyment from this beautifully designed backyard gathering spot.

Patio with seat walls and fire pit

Villa designers used Willow Creek Cobblestone in Bronze Blend for the wide patio and placed a Willow Creek Ledgestone firepit kit in a matching color in the center. Curved seat walls were created with VERSA-LOK segmental retaining walls in matching Bronze Blend for a distinguished look.

Natural Fond du Lac flagstone steppers lead to this cozy spot for entertaining and relaxing around the fire. Landscaped, mulched areas for plants and boulders round out this bold, modern design.


New Family Room Addition is Paired with the Perfect Outdoor Living Space

When this Minneapolis family added on an interior family room, an outdoor room designed by Villa Landscapes adjacent to the new addition added the perfect finishing touch. Accessible to the home by a sliding glass door, the spacious patio and fire table area was created using Willow Creek Cobblestone and Circlestone in Lakeshore Blend. 

A beautiful outdoor living roomThe circular dining/fire table area is surrounded by a VERSA-LOK Standard Weathered seat wall in Chestnut Blend, with end columns and caps, creating the perfect definition and wind break for the seating area and a spot for plants.

VERSA-LOK retaining wall units were was also used to create the stairs from the addition, finished off by step treads in Lakeshore Blend. 

Willow Creek pavers in Charcoal Blend and Lakeshore Blend added beautiful definition to the edging and patio borders. Villa designers created the perfect transition from indoor living to outdoor living for dining, entertaining and relaxing.   

A Graceful Transition from Home to Poolside

This patio with a seat wall planters created with VERSA-LOK Standard in Charcoal Blend makes a graceful and functional transition from the back of the home to the sidewalk leading to the in-ground pool.

Patio and retaining wall around the pool

Villa Landscapes designers used Willow Creek Cobblestone paving stones in Charcoal Blend, matching Willow Creek Circlestone pavers for the circular patio area using. The  contrasting border course of pavers around the perimeter and circular patio define and unify the outdoor living spaces.

VERSA-LOK retaining walls make beautiful seat walls, planters and retaining walls and can easily incorporate curves, corners, columns and other features without the need for special pieces. The Willow Creek pavers look great bordered by natural rock and an iron fence, too.

Front Entry Makeover has Curve Appeal

This  front entry makeover is the envy of the neighborhood. Villa Landscapes made the most of the entrance to this home in St. Anthony Village by combining VERSA-LOK Weathered Standard retaining wall units with Willow Creek Cobblestone and Circlestone, all in Harvest Blend, to create eye-catching stairway and planters. 

The curved walkway and staircase give the home great curb appeal and a graceful transition of the slope to the driveway. Planters created with VERSA-LOK add interest with curves, corners and stepped appearance as well as ample planting space for a bounty of plants and shrubs. Undercap low-voltage LED landscape lighting adds drama and ambience to the entire entrance in the evening hours.

The fanned stairs flanked by stepped retaining wall units make a welcoming entrance to this home. The homeowner with the help of a Villa designer chose hardscape selection that complements the home's brick facade and stucco exterior as well. 

Hardscape Products Blend Beautifully in Stunning Space

This stunning project designed by Villa Landscapes illustrates how hardscape products such as natural stone, retaining wall units and interlocking pavers combine artfully to create a backyard paradise.

Raised Patio by Villa Landscapes

Instead of a deck to create a transition from rear entry to the backyard, Villa designers created a raised patio with Willow Creek paving stones, VERSA-LOK Weathered Standard retaining wall units on the bottom half of the wall, and tapered Willow Creek Ledgestone units on the top half. A variety of natural stone stairs and concrete pavers create access points.

Raised Patio by Villa Landscapes

Willow Creek Cobblestone in Lakeshore Blend with a contrasting border defines a spectacular half-circle patio overlooking the lake. An inset fire pit offers all-season warmth and ambiance. The surrounding seat wall created with VERSA-LOK retaining wall units makes for comfortable, additional seating, and the stately capped stone columns can function as areas for plants, lighting or other accessories.

The adjoining patio in matching Willow Creek Cobblestone creates an inviting link back to the home, surrounded by natural stone retaining walls, steps and paver walkways. 

Villa Provides a Beautiful Solution to Maximize Outdoor Living Space


Villa Landscapes helped this homeowner in Champlin, MN, maximize outdoor living space. The beautiful patio with walkways connecting the front entry and driveway have a beautiful, random natural slate appearance thanks to Willow Creek Slatestone in Bleu.

Outdoor living space with fireplace

Villa designers tied all the hardscape elements together with a contrasting burgundy ribbon of color in the VERSA-LOK seat walls in Charcoal Blend. The burgundy course accents sections of the Harmony Fireplace Kit and is used along the border of the patio and walkways. Burgundy and black Comfort Craft furniture from Patio Town looks great in this outdoor room, too. 

Side view of deluxe outdoor living space

Columns created with VERSA-LOK add visual interest and function to the outdoor space that creates a perfectly designed spot for three-season dining, entertaining and relaxing. Curved landscape areas for plants, shrubs and a fountain created with a course of pavers define space and add visual interest. 

Permeable Paver Patio Pairs Perfectly with Deck

Permeable paving stones and deck

Villa Landscapes designers came up with a beautiful, sustainable solution for this backyard patio in White Bear Lake, MN, using Willow Creek Permeable Paving Stones and VERSA-LOK retaining walls.

Willow Creek Paving Stones and VERSA-LOK WallsA graceful and functional curved seat wall created with VERSA-LOK segmental retaining walls in Chestnut Blend adds the perfect design and seating element.

The random, natural shape of Slatestone creates a beautiful contrast with the vertical deck coming off the back of the house. Slatestone Bleu was used for the patio, with a Creme circle inlay for the dining area and matching pavers for contrasting courses.

This space is further enhanced with natural stone steppers and a vibrant colored mulch, plus Comfort Craft outdoor furniture, creating a multi-purpose, low-maintenance outdoor living area. The customers are very excited to enjoy their new outdoor spaces.






Spacious, elevated patio

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

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.

Villa Landscapes designed an elevated deck using a VERSA-LOK retaining wall

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.

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.