Frameless glass surrounds the shower in this elegant, transitional master bathroom in Minnesota. A pair of mirrors tops the gray-painted dual vanity, and a freestanding tub completes the room's spa-like feel.
Tiered paver patios and a retaining wall, by Southview Design in Minnesota, build inviting outdoor spaces. This landscape design plan includes a bar and fire pit area and sections for plants and flowers.
This contemporary family room is full of visual interest thanks to a custom mural of Minnesota-born singer Bob Dylan. With its bold black-and-white design, the piece pairs well with the black marble fireplace.
The homeowners of this Minnesota residence wanted their outdoor spaces to take full advantage of the lakefront setting. Designers renovated the deck to include a gourmet outdoor kitchen and dining area with a mechanical louvered roof.
This Minnesota master bathroom is steeped in transitional elegance. Soft contemporary lighting mixes with a sleek, freestanding tub and glass-walled shower. Gray-painted cabinetry is topped by a symmetrical vignette of square sinks and matching mirrors.
Using cedar tongue and groove can create a gorgeous outdoor sauna space for the ultimate in relaxation. Glenn Auerbach, who also blogs at SaunaTimes.com, often uses western red cedar for the saunas he builds in Minnesota.
The stone fireplace for this patio was angled so that it could be seen from the main house without blocking the lake view. The TV mounted on the chimney is outdoor rated, so it can withstand the Minnesota weather.
This house had expansion restrictions because of its proximity to Minnesota's Lake Elmo. To make a larger patio space, designers cleverly worked around the limits by installing a custom pergola frame with a louvered roof and vinyl wall panels.
A tiered paver patio by Southview Design in Minnesota creates space for dining areas, a bar area and a fire pit, and is accessorized with colorful materials. A modular block retaining wall also was used to frame the area.
The arrangement of pavers can point people in the right direction in a yard. These stone pavers, installed by Southview Design, lead folks to a built-in fire pit near the edge of the woods on the Minnesota property.
Around areas such as a fire pit, pavers are more solid and safer to walk on than gravel. Officials with Southview Design, based in Minnesota, also note that in colder climates, pavers are less likely to crack, although it can be more challenging to clear snow and ice.
Red-blend pavers play off the roof's color in this Minnesota driveway by Southview Design. The pavers' palette isn't the only unique aspect in the design of the hill driveway. An inlay of pavers widens toward the bottom of the driveway.
A screened porch welcomes people to this rustic outdoor room in northern Minnesota that holds a sauna, changing room and sleeping area. The 12-by-16 foot outdoor space is located among birch and pine trees, along the Eastern shores of Pine Island on Lake Vermilion.
This home's waterfront setting on Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka is beautiful, but it needed shielding from intense afternoon sun. A covered patio met all needs. The roof has automated louvers and the gourmet island helps block the wind. On chilly nights, residents can grab a seat by the fireplace.
Multiple water features combine on this Minnesota patio with a pergola: a water fountain, hot tub and an outdoor shower. The fountain, which has underwater lighting, and flooring are made of New York bluestone. The pergola is made of fiberglass columns, cedar timbers and wood beam rafters. The outdoor shower was added by Southview Design in the second phase.
A rectangular window higher up on the wall of the front of this outdoor sauna acts as a transom window to bring in light and give some definition to the outdoor room. Glenn Auerbach, a Minnesota sauna builder who blogs at SaunaTimes.com, also says a transom gives people using the sauna a panoramic view.
Count on columnar evergreens like North Pole arborvitae to introduce a strong vertical element to gardens. Its narrow form also works well planted in groups as a hedge. This upright beauty was selected in Minnesota and resists winterburn. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘Art Boe’
Western red cedar is often used for saunas, including those built by Glenn Auerbach in Minnesota. He says in Scandinavia, many saunas are paneled with white spruce. Auerbach advises staying way from pine and if you need to save money, look for recycled cedar to use in an outdoor sauna.