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The entire grounds of this Lake Minnetonka home was renovated as part of a major home remodel.

The orientation of the entrance was improved to better align automobile traffic. The new permeable driveway is built of recycled clay bricks placed on gravel. The remainder of the front yard is organized by soft lawn spaces and large Birch trees. The entrance to the home is accentuated by masses of annual flowers that frame the bluestone steps.

On the lake side of the home a secluded, private patio offers refuge from the more publicly viewed backyard.

This project earned Windsor Companies a Grand Honor award and Judge's Choice by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

Photos by Paul Crosby.
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troshalom wrote:
How do you maintain the grass between the pavers? - How do you maintain the grass between the pavers?
   Comment   October 14, 2013
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The lawn, as any other plant, is treated the same with regular irrigation and trimming as needed. A lower setting on the lawn mower or careful trimming with a weed trimmer.
March 25, 2014 at 8:19am        Thanked by troshalom
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troyka01
Do you need to replant the sod between the pavers each year?
May 18, 2014 at 9:14am     
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sooneralumom wrote:
What is the gray trim paint color please?
   Comment   August 23, 2013
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nan65jud
What is the green-gray paint color?
March 9, 2014 at 7:14pm   
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0404kel wrote:
what are the mass planted annual flowers mentioned?
     Comment   November 21, 2012
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redbirdsfan01
Agree - Pachysandra
May 6, 2013 at 6:27am     
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Cameron Rodman
It is pachysandra. :) There is a native species in TN.
April 30, 2014 at 9:14am   
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zahradanaei wrote:
where is this place ??! and in which country ?
   Comment   September 24, 2012
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zahradanaei
thanks a lot , i am really fond of Houzz.
September 24, 2012 at 12:56pm     
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yakubudanja
Gud one
March 11, 2014 at 8:37am   
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Lynda Kilgore wrote:
How do you prevent tree roots from damaging the flag stone walk way?
     Comment   August 29, 2012
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Lynda Kilgore
oh wow, that sounds great, if it really works. When we had the plumbing problems I had wondered why there wasn't some sort of product like this to discourage root growth in certain ares. It seems like such a product could make a fortune.
August 29, 2012 at 12:59pm     
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kmillar76
Good thread guys!
March 23, 2014 at 6:12pm   
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Andrea Gorbatoff wrote:
What type of mulch was used?
   Comment   August 6, 2012
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We use dark brown shredded wood mulch.
August 22, 2012 at 3:30pm   
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smithstp wrote:
Why type of flagstone is used in the walk path? Thanks.
   Comment   March 18, 2012
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It is Bluestone irregular flagstone. In the industry, the term "steppers" refers to stone pieces 8" to 18" in diameter while "flagstone" refers to stone pieces 18" to 40" in diameter. Since this path contains some larger pieces, it is flagstone. Also, there is a difference between "irregular" and "patterned." Irregular is like this in the photo, while patterned refers to stone pieces that have been cut to nominal dimensions and set in various brick patterns (i.e. 12"x12", 12"x24", etc.) Thanks for asking!
March 19, 2012 at 4:29pm     
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how do you clean fallen leaves
January 26, 2014 at 4:47am   
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amhall117 wrote:
Pachysandra - How wild does this Pachysandra grow?....I don't know how far to space....Couldn't find that info. on line...
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Terry Widner
Amagsame ~ A couple of things... You did not mention where the house is located which might have some bearing on whether the plant will grow well (With or without river rock). Assuming that you are in an area where Pachy can thrive.... then I suggest one of two things.

First, it might be best to scoop up the majority of the river rock.... and I will bet that there is plastic or landscape fabric beneath.... which would have to be removed before planting the ground cover. IF there is not plastic or other barrier..... and if the soil is loose enough.... it might be possible to plant with the stone in place... although a lot of work with a trowel and probably slower to fill in.... as Pachy takes a little while to get going.

If this river rock bed is in the sun.... forget about it and consider ivy or some other ground cover. The rock combined with the sun would cook the tender plants. Sounds like you have some work to do. Best of luck...
May 7, 2013 at 3:55am   
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I read somewhere that Pachysandra is so hardy it will even grow under pine trees.....
May 7, 2013 at 2:54pm     
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amhall117 wrote:
Does anyone know what the ground cover is called...I have a heavily shaded yard and this appears to be shaded as well...
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looks great! thanks
February 4, 2013 at 12:05pm   
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Michelle Randolph
What is the grass looking ground cover between the pavers?
March 24, 2013 at 7:13pm     
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riktha wrote:
What is the color on the trim-the grey shade?
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amhall117
That looks more like a blue-green to me...I built a home with cedar siding and we stained it a similar color....It was called Canadian Hemlock by Behr....Home Depo paint dept....
February 10, 2012 at 12:05pm   
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Ann Horn
Yes, I would love to know the color of the trim as well.
May 22, 2012 at 3:38pm   
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jny1212 wrote:
Love your work, can you please advise what the plantings are around the treeand the path..is it a perennial groundcover ? Thanks so much.
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Thank you! They are Annabelle Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle')
February 1, 2012 at 2:18pm     
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Maria Elena Watsula
I love this walkway
August 30, 2013 at 9:04pm   
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Eric Hatten wrote:
Love the windows/doors. Who makes them? Thanks! - Building a new home and want to maybe use the door/windows on back of my house... Need to know manufacturer.
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Kate Hanley wrote:
Are those new pachysandra plantings? Ours do not look so neat! :-) I'm
   Comment   June 15, 2014
sbricke6 wrote:
Landscape under native california oaks
   Comment   October 10, 2013
Western States Pipe Bursting wrote:
Have you considered a trench less pipe replacement instead? - Pipebursting will allow you to pull a new pipe through while pushing the old pipe and problems out of the way. It costs much less than digging up your yard, especially if you have to hire a landscaper to put it back again. Check out our Facebook page for more information on Pipebursting.
   Comment   January 15, 2013
susankuo wrote:
What are the large trees in the background?
   Comment   October 10, 2012
jilly54 wrote:
Hi there, I just wanted to ask what is growing inbetween the pavers? I love the look! Jilly
     Comment   October 6, 2012
davemarth wrote:
what type of pachysandra?
   Comment   July 20, 2012

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Most of us will be lucky enough to tour an Edwardian castle let alone live in one, but we can take cues from the designs of English country homes and their grounds. Soft lawn spaces, meandering walkways, and large trees accentuated by masses of annual flowers are all reminiscent of English country estates — perfect for a clandestine rendezvous away from prying eyes back at the main house.

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