Modern Color

Not often are we asked to create a new construction landscape but clients’ wanted a non-traditional landscape that blended color, naturalistic plantings, and contemporary layout for their Chaska, Minnesota home.  Repetition of three rectangular patios using 2’x2′ bluestone tile provides ample space for dining, cooking, and lounging.  Linear steps and walls of bluestone provided the clean modern lines.  The stairs are edged a with a naturalistic prairie with traprock boulders and bold colors of oranges, reds, and yellows in the prairie tie in with the custom steel orange containers.


Envisioning a landscape from the blank slate of new home construction is always a challenge.  Thankfully, there was great communication with the client.  One of the main request was that the landscape provide bright vidid color.

Saturated-soil presented a challenge during installation of patio.


Knowing that client wanted distinct and separate spaces for dinging, cooking, and lounging three paver/bluestone patios of the exact same dimensions were created.  Extra excavation and base was required due to poor soils.

The sloping grade along the foundation of the house provide the opportunity for bluestone retaining walls and steps that lead to the front yard.

Bright orange steel containers provide the anchor to purple Salvia, orange Coreopsis and Hemerocallis, yellow flowering Sedum, and blue Sisyrinchium.