Villa Landscape's Design Blog
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.