June 17, 2009
I stopped by this project a couple of days ago. We installed this last summer and it’s sure looking nice. It was a great transformation of a small space in the Lowry Hill area. We got rid of all the grass and created a Bluestone patio. The focal point of this space is the Lumaform fountain set in the center of a Carpinus bosque with a ground cover of sedum. Lunaform is located in coastal Maine where they hand-make planters and urns. Each is custom made with a wide range of color and finish choices. And as you see here most can be made into a fountain. We enjoy incorporating them into our spaces.
May 11, 2009
We are officially out making Real. Beautiful. Spaces again. Here are some progress photos of our first project of the 2009 season. It’s located on charming Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. It’s not often you get a project on Nicollet Island so it’s been a pleasure to work on this. This is actually phase two. Last season we worked on the front gardens. For this project it was important to acknowledge the classic Greek Revival style of architecture of the home especially with the historical context of the island. We increased their outdoor living space by using a dry stacked Fond du Lac wall to terrace a cut and pattern Bluestone patio. The raised beds will not only soften the patio but provide extra soil depth since the island has very shallow soil on top of the native bedrock. The soil condition has always been a limiting factor for the homeowner in their gardening. Beautiful and functional. Enjoy the photos and let us know what you think. We’ll post more as we finish the garden planting.
August 28, 2008
This project just finished up about a week ago. It’s a beautiful home in St. Paul with a site design concentrating on creating outdoor spaces, organic-northwoods-aesthetic, and rainwater managment.
This backyard has two different gathering spaces; one a bluestone seat-wall set amidst pine trees and a shade garden heavy with fern, Solomon’s seal, goats beard etc. The second gathering space is a terraced patio system surrounded by rain garden that deals with the water coming from the roof as well as the ground-plain. We’re looking forward to seeing this space next year when the plants have begun to fill in.