Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2018

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>> A family in Maple Grove, Minn., wanted to transform their sloping backyard into a more usable outdoor living space but were unsure how to approach the project themselves. "We don't have a very big backyard, and es - sentially it's a hill going down to a pond," says Michelle Rickard-Hempe. "We knew we need - ed excavation to create usable space." Michelle and her husband Jay Hempe dis - cussed their project with Lonny Sekeres, a landscape designer with Villa Landscapes in suburban Minneapolis/St. Paul. The family wanted separate spaces for grilling and a fire feature, as well as a pergola-covered lounge area. Sekeres suggested that combining various hardscape products, features and colors could help define dedicated areas within the space. "The family's main goal was to utilize space behind the garage, which was also a hill," said Sekeres. "They wanted a space for relaxing or entertaining that was on the ground level, closer to the pond." The project included a paving stone walkway off a stairway from an upper deck, and dedicat - ed paver patio spaces for a grill and fire bowl, dining and a pergola-covered seating area. Villa Landscapes' crew excavated the hill behind the garage so that they could create a level area. VERSA-LOK Standard segmental re - taining wall (SRW) units in Bronze Blend were used to hold back the remainder of the hill be - hind the garage and transition the space. Side freestanding walls, created from the same Standard unit, were stepped down to sur - round the new lounge area. A section between Borders and Columns Expand and Enhance a Small Outdoor Living Space by Brenda Bredahl, VERSA-LOK 8 LC DBM Above This 395-square- foot backyard area in Maple Grove, Minnesota, was built by Villa Landscapes using hardscape materials from VERSA-LOK to maximize the space available and provide a comfortable area for outdoor living. The pavers are Wil- low Creek Cobblestone in a Bronze Blend. The stone borders are also Willow Creek Cobblestone, but in the Desert Brown color. These smaller border stones add a nice distinction be- tween each area, while also outlining the entire patio. HARDSCAPES Continued on page 10

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