We are officially out making Real. Beautiful. Spaces again. Here are some progress photos of our first project of the 2009 season. It’s located on charming Nicollet Island in Minneapolis. It’s not often you get a project on Nicollet Island so it’s been a pleasure to work on this. This is actually phase two. Last season we worked on the front gardens. For this project it was important to acknowledge the classic Greek Revival style of architecture of the home especially with the historical context of the island. We increased their outdoor living space by using a dry stacked Fond du Lac wall to terrace a cut and pattern Bluestone patio. The raised beds will not only soften the patio but provide extra soil depth since the island has very shallow soil on top of the native bedrock. The soil condition has always been a limiting factor for the homeowner in their gardening. Beautiful and functional. Enjoy the photos and let us know what you think. We’ll post more as we finish the garden planting.