A new stairway to their own little piece of heaven

This backyard in Grant Township, Minnesota, had little going for it until Villa Landscapes took over. A steep set of wooden stairs led from a three-season porch down to a nondescript exposed-aggregate patio underneath. River rock edged the patio and back of the house, and a flat strip of green lawn extended to the woods.

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. A VERSA-LOK seat wall rings the perimeter of one Circlestone patio, which features a raised VERSA-LOK firepit in the center.

Short columns cap each end of the seat wall and sport a carriage light on top. A double soldier course of pavers edges the patio in two colors. Large stepping stones provide access to the patio from either side. A stylish spiral staircase replaced the wooden stairs and freed up more space on the patio for a hot tub. Support posts for the porch were wrapped in stone veneer that complements the pavers. Now, this happy Villa Landscapes client has spaces for all seasons, indoors and outdoors

Before 1

Wooden steps and a concrete patio

After 1

The new spiral stairs and paver patio made the perfect pad for the hot tub, dining area and fire pit.

Before 2

Wooded back yard

After 2

An outdoor dining area and firepit with seat wall make the landscape design more useful and enjoyable.

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