Luxurious Outdoor Living Spaces & Landscape Design

Luxury outdoor living spaces in Orono MN

We Design & Build Luxury Outdoor Living Spaces In Orono
Visually stunning and luxurious outdoor living spaces and landscapes

Orono, MN, beautifully situated along Lake Minnetonka, boasts some of the state's most desirable neighborhoods. From the spacious homes in Indian Hill to the waterfront properties of Navarre and North Arm Bay, it's clear why Orono is a top choice for many. Casco Point, Bracketts Point, Crystal Bay, and Browndale are just a few more examples of the neighborhoods that showcase the area's charm and appeal.

At Rare Landscapes Inc., we understand the unique beauty and style of Orono. Our team specializes in landscape design and luxury landscaping, perfectly suited for the community's character. Whether it's crafting inviting outdoor living spaces or rejuvenating your entire backyard, we're dedicated to enhancing the natural beauty of Orono's homes.

So, what does your Orono landscape dream look like?

  • An expansive patio with views of Lake Minnetonka's shimmering waters?
  • A sleek, low-maintenance landscape to complement your modern home?
  • A relaxing area to hang out and enjoy an in-ground pool?
  • An impressive driveway leading to your home or a welcoming front entry?
  • Or perhaps a tailored solution for hilly landscapes, with retaining walls and erosion management?

At Rare Landscapes Inc., we pride ourselves on transforming the distinctive homes of Orono into unparalleled outdoor sanctuaries. Leveraging cutting-edge 3D landscape design technology, we bring your vision to life before a single stone is laid. Our expertise stretches from crafting exquisite outdoor living spaces and laying elegant paver patios, to designing serene poolside landscapes that become the heart of relaxation. Beyond that, our team excels in constructing standout structures such as pavilions and gazebos, each echoing Orono's unique charm. For those with a penchant for outdoor dining, our outdoor kitchens seamlessly blend functionality with aesthetics. With Rare Landscapes, every project in Orono becomes a testament to luxury, innovation, and unparalleled craftsmanship.

william gabby
william gabby
November 28, 2023

We had a great experience working with Bill and his team. Very professional work and the results were outstanding. Added a top level rock wall, modified existing steps to make safer and added more interesting curve and additional level, and replaced old stone walk way with nicely color contrasting pavers. We are very pleased with their work.

Joey Reilly
Joey Reilly
October 2, 2023

We had a dead lawn after we bought the place in winter. Bill came in with his crew, removed the lawn, took out the tree blocking the front of our wonderful home and installed class 5 to store our truck and boat. Fantastic work. I won't go anywhere else for my landscaping needs. On time, responsive, great quality work, great price, nice and professional crew. Got it done in a couple days and it looks great! Could not ask for anything more!

Dane Bogaard
Dane Bogaard
September 15, 2023

Rare Landscaping turned our backyard into what it was always meant to be - a beautiful patio where we can sit outside and enjoy the beauty of Minnesota. High quality workmanship and a beautiful design that fit perfectly with what we needed for our walkout basement under the deck. We are extremely happy with the finished product - it turned out just like the design that Bill showed us.

Heather Jane Yahna
Heather Jane Yahna
November 8, 2021

We had Bill landscape multiple areas at our home. He did a great job. It was a big project with multiple changes on our part. We looked forward to working with him again on other projects.

Paul Rashleger
Paul Rashleger
October 29, 2021

Rare Landscapes provided me with a very professional job. The company is highly detailed and the job was finished in a timely matter. The 3d design presented to me gave me much insight as to what was going to happen before they started. I highly recommend Bill.

ryan mason
ryan mason
July 22, 2021

My wife spent hours reaching out to landscape companies, with Bill from Rare Landscapes being the only person to respond in a timely manner. Once we met with him, we knew he was our guy! We had a complex job that required a lot of coordination and Bill was able to handle it all. I was most impressed with how he turned these huge boulders into a beautiful patio! I gave him the name of "Boulder Ninja". Highly recommend!

Our Orono Landscape Design Process

1. Initial Inquiry

Reach out to us and share your vision for your property.  Is it a beautiful front yard to improve your curb appeal, or do you want a beautiful outdoor living space in your backyard? We'll set up a time to discuss your landscaping desires and needs, and get your basic questions answered.

2. On-Site Consultation

We meet at your property to understand the space you'd like landscaped, its potential, and your aspirations.

  • Our Discussion Points:
    • Vision & goals for the space.
    • Styles or themes you admire.
    • Expected functionality of the area.
    • Any challenges specific to your property.

3. Budget Clarity

We believe in transparency with our clients. We will discuss your budget early on so we can tailor our designs and materials to align with your financial comfort zone.  We do not want to give you unrealistic expectations or show you landscaping improvements that are out of your budget range.

  • Key Considerations:
    • Prioritizing elements.
    • Potential for phased implementation.

4. Crafting The Design

We bring your vision to life utilizing state-of-the-art landscape design software.  With the 3D imagery we're able to provide we can show you exactly what your new landscape is going to look like.   We are able to change various materials, colors, styles, and more.  We eliminate the mystery of "what's it going to look like" entirely.

  • Incorporating:
    • Preferred materials.
    • Hardscape and softscape elements.
    • Plant choices based on aesthetic, suitability, and maintenance considerations.

5. Review & Feedback Loop

Your feedback is invaluable. We will review the initial designs with you, and together, we'll refine the layout and materials until your landscape design is exactly how you've envisioned it.

6. Implementation

Watch your landscape dreams come to life! Our team ensures precision and care every step of the way.  The construction phase for your particular project will be completed to the highest of standards and within our scheduled time frames.

7. Final Walkthrough

Together, we'll review your completed landscape or outdoor living space, ensuring every detail aligns with your expectations.

8. Aftercare Guidance

We want your landscape to thrive and we are happy to offer tips on maintenance and care, ensuring the lasting healthy and beauty of your landscape.

9. Continuous Support

Our relationship doesn’t end once the project is complete. Please reach out anytime with questions or for further enhancements you'd like to complete.

How Much Does High-End Landscape Design Cost?

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If you want a luxurious, beautiful, landscape for your Orono property it's going to take careful thought, creativity, and planning.  Our designs are masterfully put together by the best of the best.

Small Landscape Design Cost

Smaller Spaces

$1500 - $3000

This would be for a smaller front or backyard with a few hardscape elements such as a patio and pathway and some surrounding garden beds designed.

Construction Cost $20k-$50k+

Medium Sized Landscape Design

Medium Spaces

$3000 - $6000

This would be for a medium sized front or backyard along with an outdoor living space, garden beds, seating areas, and a few other minor hardscape or landscape elements.

Construction Cost $50k-$150k+

Large Landscape Design Cost

Large Spaces

$6,000 - $10,000+

This would be for a larger project including an entire backyard, outdoor living space, retaining walls, garden beds, and more.  This is landscape design for a very high-end, luxury home.

Construction Cost $150k-$500k+

Landscape Designs Can Include

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The sky is the limit when it comes to landscape design for your outdoor living space.  We can incorporate any or all of the following elements into your new landscape design.

Paver Patios: Crafted from interlocking pavers, these patios provide a durable and versatile foundation. They can be customized in terms of shape, color, and pattern, effortlessly accommodating any design aesthetic.

Composite Decks: These offer the beauty of wood without the maintenance. Resistant to rot, warp, and pests, composite decks guarantee longevity while ensuring a polished appearance.  Excellent for elevated areas overlooking your landscape or backyard patio.

Lighting: Strategically placed lighting can dramatically enhance the ambiance. Be it soft pathway lights, accent lights highlighting a garden bed, or pendant lights suspended from a pergola, the right lighting sets the mood.

Firepits and Fireplaces: A centerpiece in many luxury outdoor spaces, they not only offer warmth but also create a cozy atmosphere, making evening gatherings even more special.

In-ground Pools & Hot Tubs: These are the pinnacle of luxury. Edged with elegant tiles or natural stones, they can be equipped with waterfalls, infinity edges, or even submerged seating.  A hot tub can be located right beside your pool or in close proximity for spa-like relaxation throughout the year.

Outdoor Bars and Cooking Areas: From built-in grills to fully equipped kitchens, these areas make al fresco dining a gourmet experience. Paired with an outdoor bar, it's an outdoor entertainer's dream.

Gazebos, Pergolas, and Pavilions: These structures provide shade and shelter. Whether it's a classic gazebo overlooking a pond, a pergola adorned with climbers, or a grand pavilion for hosting events, they add architectural depth.

Water Features: The gentle sound of flowing water can transform any outdoor space into a tranquil retreat. From cascading fountains with ornate sculptures at their heart to bubbling bird baths that attract local wildlife, water features are as much about auditory experience as they are about visual appeal.

Pondless Waterfalls: Ideal for spaces where a traditional pond might not be feasible or desired, pondless waterfalls offer the soothing sound of cascading water that disappears into a hidden reservoir. They are low-maintenance, safe for children, and can be tailored to fit any landscape design.

Custom Stairs: Whether it's a grand staircase leading to your front door or a meandering set of steps through your garden, custom stairs can be designed to complement the surrounding environment. Materials can range from natural stone to wood, and designs can incorporate landings, railings, or integrated planters.

Driveways: More than just a functional space for vehicles, driveways can be an integral part of the landscape design. Using materials like stamped concrete, pavers, or cobblestone, driveways can be transformed into elegant pathways that enhance the home's curb appeal.

Front Entryways: The first impression of a home starts at the front entryway. Envision grand archways, ornate gates, or even a simple pergola adorned with climbers. Pair this with strategic plantings, lighting, and perhaps a water feature, and the entrance becomes a statement in itself.

Pool Area Landscaping: A pool's surroundings are as crucial as the pool itself. Lush plantings can provide privacy, while patios offer sunbathing spots. Consider adding tropical plants for a resort feel or ornamental grasses for a modern touch. Incorporate features like outdoor showers, cabanas, or shaded seating areas to elevate the poolside experience.

These prices are only ball park figures to give you a rough idea as to what you should expect for the cost of a high-end, true-to-life 3D rendered landscape design.  Your particular landscape design project may vary depending on the site, the specific materials chosen, and the overall scope of work.  If you need a firm price please request a consultation so we can view your potential project, listen to your ideas, and determine the actual scope of work required to complete your design.  After our on-site consultation we'll be able to provide you with a firm estimate to design your new landscape the right way.

Check Out The Landscapes We've Designed

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We've designed and built some beautiful, luxury landscapes in Orono.

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Orono, Minnesota, perched elegantly on the northern shores of Lake Minnetonka, is often celebrated for its harmonious blend of upscale living and scenic beauty. This city offers residents not only stunning waterfront views but also an array of recreational activities. The treasured Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, once the estate of the Grain Belt beer magnate Frederick Noerenberg, now stands as a testament to the area's dedication to preserving its natural beauty. Residents can enjoy a serene walk amidst well-maintained gardens that boast a variety of plant species.

For those enchanted by the allure of lakeside living, Orono has much to offer. Neighborhoods like Casco Point and Crystal Bay are renowned for their idyllic lakeside homes and close-knit community feel. Apart from the lake's year-round activities – from boating in summer to ice-fishing in winter – Orono also hosts annual events such as the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon, drawing participants and spectators alike to partake in the community spirit. With a robust educational system, numerous parks, and a rich tapestry of local history, Orono emerges as a top choice for those seeking a refined yet nature-enriched lifestyle in Minnesota.