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Tips from our Team

Get all-season outdoor living and landscaping maintenance tips from the experts at Villa Landscapes.

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Backyard BBQ & Bar

This backyard landscape design has everything you need for the perfect barbecue!

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Poolside Perfection

Imagine the pool parties on this amazing paver patio!

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A simply beautiful outdoor living space

This small space has a maximum outdoor impact!

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An amazing entry and backyard fire pit

Villa Landscapes created hardscape seating around this fantastic fire pit kit as well as sidewalks and a unique front stoop seating area.

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An entertaining outdoor living space

Villa Landscapes designed a multi-purpose outdoor living space for this Anoka, MN, homeowner.

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Anatomy of a front-entry makeover

When these homeowners came to Villa Landscapes, they wanted a low- to no-maintenance front yard and to find their front door without walking through a jungle.

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Big things inside a small package

Bringing materials and equipment into this fenced-in yard was a challenge, but one that our landscaping professionals met with skill and ingenuity.

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A perfect backyard getaway

This hardscaped seating area with its fire pit and freestanding seatwall is an ideal spot for relaxing and enjoying the out of doors.

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A room tucked into the out-of-doors

This backyard in Edina, Minnesota, is a great spot to relax or visit with friends while surrounded by greenery. Imagine your friends and family enjoying this elegantly simple outdoor room.

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A beautiful new outdoor space

Willow Creek Slatestone pavers in the Mocha color, arranged in a random pattern, create an attractive, practical and welcoming outdoor living space, complete with plantings and a Ledgestone Grill Island.

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Walk this way . . . .

This walkway with seat wall and columns beautifully complements the surroundings. The striking hardscape pathway is made entirely of cut natural stone.

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Ditch the deck

Imagine a morning of sipping coffee and bird watching on this patio! Instead of recreating the deck that needed to be replaced, Villa Landscape designers created a raised patio with VERSA-LOK retaining wall units in Bronze Blend and Willow Creek Paving Stones Cobblestone pavers in two colors.

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A graceful transition from home to poolside

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.

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A new stairway to their own little piece of heaven

This backyard in Grant, MN, had little going for it until Villa Landscapes took over. 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.

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Poolside patio paradise!

This poolside patio makes great use of the space. A Villa Landscapes designer worked with a homeowner in Savage, Minn., to select Willow Creek paving stones and VERSA-LOK retaining walls to create this spacious poolside patio.

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Are you having a Villa summer?

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.

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This outdoor space has style

​Straight lines and right angles define this patio in Lakeland Shores. 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.

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Villa Landscapes performs magic on Edina, MN, backyard

​Villa Landscapes transformed this backyard from a tired wooden deck and stairs with run-down gardens to a stunning series of tiered walls, lighted stairs and an elevated paver patio, a stone fireplace, and outdoor kitchen.

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Give your home a facelift with a new entrance

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.

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SRWs: An attractive, functional, affordable erosion solution

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.

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Landscaping adds up to 35% ROI to home value

Stop in to Villa Landscapes and let our team of landscape designers start drawing up ways to increase the value of your home with outdoor improvements. In today's competitive market, you'll be glad you did!​

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It's not too early to plan your own Villa landscape

It's never too early to talk with a landscape designer from Villa Landscapes about a back yard patio, fire pit or front entrance makeover.

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Outdoor living design complements St. Paul home's exterior renovation

Villa Landscapes developed a design that helped St. Paul homeowners maximize the fire pit area by adding curved seat walls using VERSA-LOK retaining walls and VERSA-LOK Caps. The outdoor dining patio was created with Willow Creek Paving Stones Circlestone and Cobblestone border as well.

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Retaining walls create beautiful, curved stairs/walkway

Villa Landscapes created a series of steps and landings out of VERSA-LOK retaining wall block and Willow Creek paving stones, using a running bond pattern with the pavers to visually guide people down the steps.

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Fire pit makes night time the right time to be outdoors

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.

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A party-ready and family friendly patio

The backyard area needed a makeover that was party-ready and family friendly with areas for dining and seating. This homeowner chose Willow Creek’s weathered Cobblestone pavers in Lakeshore Blend with a border course in a contrasting charcoal to create a sweeping, curving patio for entertaining plus a walkway to a storage shed. Cobblestone pavers can be installed in several configurations; the homeowner chose the four-unit pattern for its beautiful, random appearance.

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A dream backyard

Columns for the base of the pergola were constructed with VERSA-LOK Standard retaining wall units in Bronze Blend with a weathered texture. For patio surfaces, Willow Creek Paving Stones Slatestone pavers in Bleu with a sandstone border look beautiful whether the pool is open or covered.

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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 pavers, all in Harvest Blend, to create an eye-catching stairway and planters.

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Room addition pairs perfectly with new outdoor living space

An outdoor room designed by Villa Landscapes, adjacent to the new addition, added the perfect finishing touch. Accessible by a sliding glass door, the spacious patio and fire table area was created using Willow Creek Cobblestone and Circlestone in Lakesh​ore Blend.

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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.

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Villa provides a beautiful outdoor living space solution

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.

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Permeable paver patio pairs perfectly with deck

Permeable paving stones create a sustainable outdoor living solution plus go great with a wood deck and other landscaping features.

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Spacious, elevated patio

Villa Landscapes designed an elevated deck using a VERSA-LOK retaining wall, going from ground level to 42 inches tall, as a support for their new patio to replace the deck.

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Many people can relate to needing a new front and backyard landscape design

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

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From drab to dramatic

This 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.

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Outdoor living patio is a restful spot for visitors

Villa Landscapes created a beautiful outdoor living space using Willow Creek Cobblestone pavers for this Robbinsdale, MN home. Front entry steps and a seat wall were both created with the versatile VERSA-LOK retaining wall system. A patio outside the front door welcomes visitors.

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Home's entrance upgraded with same level patio, sidewalk

Contrasting soldier and sailor paver courses in charcoal to define the walkway and landscaped areas, and a retaining wall planter using the VERSA-LOK retaining wall system defines the exterior.

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Flower power!

Columns using VERSA-LOK Standard retaining wall units create an eye-catching entrance to this circular patio, inviting visitors to gather for a relaxing evening.

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An investment that will last a lifetime!

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.

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Paver patio & natural Flagstone energize entryway

Villa Landscapes used Willow Creek Paving Stones Cobblestone for new front entryway steps, sidewalk and border to accent the home's existing brick façade for this Bloomington, MN, home.

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Permeable pavers saved a Minnesota family's dream patio

Two styles of permeable paver give these outdoor patios and driveway a unique look, while meeting their city's regulations that limit impermeable surfaces on residential property.

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Dedicated dining space brightens up back yard

Villa Landscapes used the durable VERSA-LOK® pedestal stack steps, capped with Willow Creek Slatestone pavers 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 a space for small gatherings.

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Fire pit, seating area make outside living space stand out

Villa Landscapes used VERSA-LOK segmental retaining wall blocks in the Bronze Blend color to create a spacious couch seating wall subtly accented with a layer of pavers in Burgundy Red.

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Patio links indoors with outdoor living space

Villa Landscapes designed a natural extension of this Twin Cities home's dining room that is accented by the rustic texture and random, natural pattern from Willow Creek Paving Stones Cobblestone pavers. A stately Willow Creek Ledgestone Fireplace Kit serves as a gathering spot. An outdoor seat wall and steps are created with the VERSA-LOK Standard retaining wall systems

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Welcome to a stylish urban retreat

This urban St. Paul home’s back yard has everything you could want for outdoor living – a raised patio with spaces for dining, grilling, sitting around a fire, and relaxing around a water feature. For years to come, this family will enjoy their new outdoor living space.

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Transform a small space into something spectacular!

This small space went from meh to wow with the help of Villa Landscapes. The homeowner needed new steps from the back door to the back yard as well as a multi-function patio and pathway that leads to the garage.

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Paving the way to curb appeal

The owners of this home wanted to add curb appeal to their Minnesota residence, and with a backyard that faced a lake, they opted for a design by Villa Landscapes for their front entryway and sidewalk.

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Poolside is the place to be

Willow Creek Cobblestone paving stones in Charcoal Blend accented with a black soldier course outline the curved walkway and highlight the patio's unique shape as well as the dining and fireplace areas.

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Sit back and relax on a beautiful, maintenance-free patio

This inviting paver patio in White Bear Lake provides a perfect spot to settle in for a lazy afternoon. The space 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.

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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. The VERSA-LOK retaining wall block (Chestnut Blend customized with Gray) creates beautiful stairs with just the Standard unit.

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Minneapolis landscape design adds spaces to welcome & entertain guests

The residents at this Bloomington home wanted to dress up their front entry and create a backyard entertainment area. The Villa Landscapes design-build solution included an entry court in the front of the house and seating around a fire pit in the back yard.

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