We have really enjoyed working on this project. You may remember a couple of posts from last summer and fall showing some of the installation process and materials. The transformation of this space is beautiful. It demonstrates what good design and detailed execution can do especially when working in a small space.

Design Project – Part 1

October 27, 2008

This is the most current project we are working on.  We are constructing a landscape design for a residence in South Minneapolis.  This space plays with elevations, modernism, interesting material palette and simple lines.   This initial post chronicals the site as three different spaces; the front yard, the back walkway and the back terrace system.

1.  The front yard

BEFORE:

IN PROCESS:

2.  The back walkway:
The following two images of the back walkway show the space before and during the design process (this piece, having a lot of hardscape, remains the most unfinished area).  This pathway will change from a curving, concrete path into a straight edged sunken gravel path lined with magnolia trees.

BEFORE:

IN PROCESS:

about halfway there…

3.  Back Terraces
These terraces were three levels of crumbling brick.  Though the brick was beautiful it was not structurally sound.  We took this opportunity to play with materials constructing steel facing that will, in time, turn a lovely orange.  There will be steps up to these terraces and a grassy space in the ground plane beneath it.

During the design process…

We will be finished with the bulk of the project by the end of the week.  Expect an updated blog on our progress in the next couple days.

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.