Front Entry Before and After
This historic 1887 home in Stillwater, MN looking over the St. Croix River was really an honor to do the landscape design and installation for. Even though this home had a facelift (Architecture by SALA Architects), when you arrive at this home it feels untouched. From the peaceful views to the enormous trees that have been on this property for years.
When you drive up to this house we wanted it to feel like it was a step back-in-time. Imagine yourself arriving by horse and buggy. The front yard mortared stone columns mimic the dramatic peaks on the house. They also are what hold and support the front gate and front metal fencing. The front gate and fencing is partial custom, along with stock fencing. We wanted a dramatic curve in the fencing. So we designed it and had a local metal fabricator, Metalsmith’s Designs, create it for us.
We arrived on site once the interior remodel was well under way. This was the blank slate of the front yard we had to work with. The home is such a statement piece along with the views from the backyard of downtown Stillwater and the St. Croix river. It was exciting to dream of what this home had looked like and the history of the families that lived there!
The peeks on the front of the home were such a dynamic piece of the architecture that we want to pay homage to, but also not take your eyes way from them. We came up with a similar design with the two mortared stone columns – this would also be the place to install a mailbox, address sign, and the year the home was built. To resemble a roof, we used cut bluestone pieces.
Here you can see the dramatic custom curved fencing that Metalsmith Designs made for us. It added a unique and custom addition to this custom historic home.
For the walkway we used an old cobblestone paver to mimic what may have been there in the 1800’s.
Most of the plant material is low-profile, not to take away from the home’s architecture, except for the two pink flower crab trees (Velvet Pillar) on each sides of the columns. Velvet Pillar’s are a dramatic spring flowering tree.
Backyard Before and After
The backyard and terraced bluestone patio were designed around the amazing views from the house. There is a blue-chip rock side walkway from the side yard patio that easily brings you from the front and side yard to the back. When you walk out the back patio door there is a wood deck which bring you down to a bluestone terraced patio. The bluestone patio and home are both retained with limestone walls and a variety of plantings. We chose the light color of the limestone walls to keep it light and airy. The bluestone patio has varied earth-tone colors that complement the yellow on the home and the blue of the river.
It was also important for the backyard to remain open for the views and additional yard space for the kids to run around on.
This shows the before image of the intense grade we had to bring up and retain with soils, limestone retaining walls, and the bluestone patio.
Our crew installing the base levels of the retaining walls.
Walls and part of the bluestone patio are completed and now the wood deck and stairs are installed.
The rest of the bluestone is ready to go in!
A before and after photo of the simple touches. We added a matching fence and gate around the egress window well for safety.
Side Yard Before and After
The side yard is what leads you to the garage, but we wanted to make it as important as the rest of the home since you see it from the entrance way. We continued the use of the cobble stone street paver for the walkway and smaller bluestone patio off of the kitchen.
This historic Stillwater home in Minnesota is revived and ready to take on another 100 years!
This is one of those jobs you dream about! Not to say it was an easy job to conquer, but we did it as a team, and learned a lot along the way as well. This rooftop landscaping project came to us as a referral from one of suppliers that we buy planters and outdoor furniture from, Twisted Elements, located in the lower level of the International Market Square in Minneapolis, MN. This homeowner went in looking for something out of the ordinary for his rooftop patio in Minneapolis. He really loved the custom metal designs that he saw in their showroom, but needed a landscape company to help conceptualize all the elements and bring it together as a whole. So, David Kopfmann went to the drawing board to create a functional space on this rather large L-shaped rooftop patio (approx. 500 square feet).
David met with the client back in August of 2016 and they discussed what the homwowner was looking for. His top priorities were:
- Shade for certain times of the day
- Protection from the wind
- Colorful plant material
- Seating area for entertaining
- Low voltage lighting
Since the homeowner had been to the Twisted Elements showroom and saw the metal by MetalSmith’s Design, David started sketching some furniture designs and trellis, to bring to their production studio in Bloomington, MN. It was great that they work with designers, like David, and will custom fabricate really anything that can be built with integrity.
David’s thoughts when designing the trellis, that they would be for functional purposes, as well as an element of art. He wanted to have removable screens made out of an all-weather mesh that the client could keep up when it was windy or sunny and remove them easily when they didn’t need them.
When choosing the planters, he wanted a very durable material that could with stand the harsh Minnesota temperatures and if needed could be moved more easily. We decided to go with 48” long x 18” wide x 36” high bronze planter from Tournesol, call the Wilshire planter. These fiberglass planters are lighter in weight and offer self-watering containers that fit inside, which is great for an area like a rooftop that wouldn’t have access to a water spigot or for someone that travels and doesn’t have the ability to water daily. This homeowner needed the self-watering containers because his career involves a lot of traveling and in most cases the containers only need to be filled up once per week.
The Whilshire planters created a few different functions:
- Wind Protection
- Plantings for Added Color
- Hide the Lighting Wire
The other planter we chose from Tournesol was the Aquarian 48” diameter x 24” high in a royal blue color. We placed these on the narrow, but long area of the rooftop deck. It was a great place to add a pop of color and interest since it wasn’t very functional. Inside each of the planters we had a custom metal trellis made for climbing plants to add height.
We installed low voltage lighting attaching one to each one of the curved trellis tops for entertaining and safety.
AND FINALLY THE REVEAL – FINISHED IMAGES
The metal furniture was designed out of steel and clear coated for rust protection. David choose steel for the weight of it since this rooftop can have high winds frequently. The table has a steel base with a travertine table top, from Orijin Stone, cut at a curve to soften up the straight lines of the Wilshire planters. For the bench, David found a reclaimed piece off wood for the bench which was fastened to a custom steel base.
This close up shows the heavy-duty screens that we had constructed with toggles for easy installation and removal.
This bench brings warmth to the space and an earthy element, which was lacking.
This image shows the seating area with the wind and sun screens removed. It’s a much need option for those Fall and Spring days when you want to feel the suns warmth.
Of course, the homeowner’s condo is surrounded by glass, so we wanted to make sure it didn’t completely block his view of the city, but enhance it. Who doesn’t love to look out and see plants and trees!
The landscape design for this home, located in Farmington, MN, was completed in June 2017. Below is an interview with David Kopfmann, founder of Yardscapes and the landscape designer for this project.
Q: Describe the first meeting with the client.
A: The first meeting with the homeowner was in December 2015. She was referred to us by the architect and past clients. Her hopes for the landscape design was to make it feel like an old-world farmstead. When I first visited the site the home construction had already began. I walked and reviewed the site with the homeowner to give her some ideas. The grading and driveway were an important part of the design for the home and how she wanted it to look and feel (in terms of size). The homeowners had lived in the existing home on the property for many years and still wanted the home and landscaping to feel connected to the barn and silo.
Q: What were some design challenges?
A: One of the main design challenges for this project was moving the water flow that collected under the back deck. To solve this, I created a walking path with a culvert under it to move the water away from the house. Another challenge was designing a driveway system to the barn, but separate from the circle.
Q: What were some design inspirations for this project?
A: Most of the inspiration came from the architecture of the home, as well as the farm setting — the barns, silo, and fields have long views in all directions. I worked with the long, existing driveway as you approach the house to not to block the tresses (detail). I wanted the limestone slabs to be visible from the long driveway, but it is also there to support the circular portion of the driveway as well.
Before Photos – During Home Construction
To creating an old world feel to the driveway we used tumbled pavers. We used just one size to give the illusion of old street pavers (cobblestone). Limestone and boulder wall was built for aesthetics and function. It is what is supporting the circular driveway, but gives interest as you drive in to the home entrance.
The front sidewalk is fond-du-lac limestone slabs. They are dry set over a clean rock base. The front walkway bends and compliments the stone on the front terrace and home. I designed a slight curve to the walkway because of the length to move you through the courtyard hedges and plants that will create a natural fence for privacy, but not feel closed off, once they fill in.
Travertine was used for the back patio/terrace to match the stone on the porch. Travertine is very smooth and light in color, so was a perfect choice on the south facing patio when the sun hits it will not get as hot as darker stone. I designed the outdoor kitchen small, but functional, so that it would not block the views from the porch and terraces.
The landscaping added to the barn was planted with assorted perennials and ornamental trees similar to the planting around the home. This makes the barn feel more connected to the home. We also chose specific plant material to attract and feed the birds.
The side patio is located off of the master suite. I created a private outdoor sitting area, which is surrounded by small ornamental trees and a perennial garden.
Landscape Designer: David Kopfmann, Yardscapes, Inc.
Interior Designer: Stephanie McKenna (Stephanie helped with all aspects of design)
Still one more weekend to come and talk to the Yardscapes Designers
Friday, March 3rd from 10am – 9pm
Saturday, March 4th from 9am – 9pm
Sunday, March 5th from 9am – 6pm
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Yardscapes is at the Mpls Home and Garden Show 2017
Visit Our Booth #1455!
Minnneapolis Home and Garden Show: February 24-26 & March 3-5, 2017
Designers: David Kopfmann, Clayton Johnson, and Lincoln Danforth will be there to help answer any questions you have about an existing or upcoming project!
The 2016 ARTISAN TOUR Look Book Just Arrived!
All the images are stunning and we wanted to share it with all of you! These are some of the most talented Builders, Architects, and Landscapers in Minnesota and we were honored to work with Hendel Homes and Twisted Elements on this project! If you get a chance, check it out!
For more project inspiration, check out our galleries…
We are excited to be part of the FACES issue in Minnesota Monthly this summer! You can find all the FACES OF Minnesota in the June 2016 issue. It’s an honor to be with such a great group of Minnesotans!
- Yardscapes is dedicated to your projects success
- Yardscapes stands behind its work
- Yardscapes is creative
- Yardscapes listens to your visions
FALL IS HERE!
This is the best time to have gatherings around your outdoor fireplaces! Plus, there are so many fireplace options now:
1. Gas or wood burning
2. Fire pit or stand up fireplace
3. Natural stone or brick
We are a full service Minnesota landscape company that specializes in design and build. We are your one stop shop!
Check out our “Face of Landscape Landscapes Design/Build” feature in MPLS.ST.Paul Magazine (December 2014 Issue)
UM, can I come over? Check out this Entertaining Area that Dave Kopfmann just completed.
It even has outdoor heaters installed under the arbor which are super awesome!
Perfect for our (hopefully) nice fall evenings!
Included in these photos are:
- Outdoor Kitchen with Limestone
- Mortared Limestone Pizza Oven
- Mortared Limestone Gas Fire Pit
- Cedar Wood Arbor
- Bluestone Patio