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.
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.
A round fire pit is set into a patio made of irregular flagstone and created by Southview Design, based in Minneapolis. The fire pit patio is made of Chilton natural stone and the wall block is Anchor's Highland Stone.
Inlays, with shapes such as circles and arched designs, can liven up paver driveways and give them a custom look. Southview Design, who created this driveway in North Oaks, Minn., describes it like this: "Pavers are the pinnacle of driveway design."
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 fountain doesn't always need to be the center of attention in a patio. A small fountain or pond can be added to a corner and enhance the ambience with its soothing sounds. The landscape plan for this backyard in Edina, Minn., is by Southview Design.
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.
Pavers can help create fun backyard game spaces. This Minneapolis backyard by Southview Design uses pavers and retaining wall block for a horseshoe pit. The homeowner competes in a horseshoe league and wanted to practice at home. The pavers in the spectator area are aligned in a fan pattern.
Even small urban spaces can incorporate water features. This Minneapolis backyard is only 27-by-64 feet, but the landscape plan by Southview Design carved out space for a water fountain created with slabs of stacked New York bluestone. The overall yard won an award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.