Landscaping a small space

Designing and landscaping small spaces is one of my favorite things to do. I tend be be somewhat of a private person myself, so I enjoy creating intimate, private spaces. There is something therapeutic about being outside, yet having that feeling that you are still “in your room”. Sort of like relaxing in your den [...] . . . → Read More: Landscaping a small space

Replacing an old flagstone wall with retaining wall block

In Minnesota flagstone (or limestone) can be used to make beautiful, naturalistic retaining walls. The only thing is, the wall can break apart if the limestone is not the right kind for building walls. Different quarries have different grades of limestone, and they can vary greatly greatly in quality. This limestone wall was built by [...] . . . → Read More: Replacing an old flagstone wall with retaining wall block

Patios and Ponds: the perfect combination

A while back we did a project  that involved constructing a large clay paver patio and walkway designed by Northfield landscape architect Spencer Jones. This project involved clay pavers, outcropping stones, a “bubbling rock” water feature, seat stones, and a pathway to a stone bench. The owners wanted to expand their deck for an outdoor [...] . . . → Read More: Patios and Ponds: the perfect combination

Pond and Water Feature Basics

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Peg’s Pond

A while back, I got a call from my sister-in-law Peg Johnson, who lives in Portage, Wisconsin. The conversation went something like this: “Say, I was wondering…. I know you build ponds and water features, and, well, I think I’m ready for one myself. How ’bout coming over to Portage and putting one in my [...] . . . → Read More: Peg’s Pond

Improve your basement walkout with a paver patio

Many of our clients have walkout basements. Many of them will also have an overhead deck or sunporch above them. The space under the deck is more often than not a dark, empty, wasted space that no one uses, or is an unsightly storage area where anything from basketballs to snowmobiles are stored. Some will have concrete [...] . . . → Read More: Improve your basement walkout with a paver patio