GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - After two months of construction, the new KARE 11 Backyard is ready to shine. So many people helped make it happen, it is truly everyone's backyard.
The birth of the KARE 11 Backyard was in 1983, when crews smashed a big opening in the north wall of Studio A.
Here are some of the highlights:
Pondless Waterfall: A two-ton rock serves as the headwaters. A copper tree, created especially for KARE by a plumber, turned artist, adorns the top.
Permeable Pavers: Laid over layers of rocks to prevent runoff. The layers act as a reservoir, as the rain comes down, water is collected in the pockets between the stones.
Pergola: Made of re-purposed timbers from a circa 1920 barn in Wisconsin.
Fireplace: A hot trend in backyards everywhere. Ours is gas, with a firebox that can withstand 2,000 degrees. It's flagged with flagstones.
Outdoor Kitchen: Our kitchen features a gas grill and stainless steel refrigerator. Another popular and functional feature, the gas line is connected directly to the grill, so you don't have to worry about running out of or changing propane tanks.
"Living Room" Furniture: All of the furniture is made to withstand the elements. Some of it is made from a unique material, Resyta, a material made from rice husks, salt and mineral oil.
Flowers: There is butterfly bush, hydrangeas along with birch, maple and pine trees.
And of course, there is a magnolia to replace the one we had in our KARE 11 Backyard for 31 years. This time, it's a Jane magnolia, which will grow 8 to 10 feet tall and have pinkish purple flowers.
The KARE 11 Backyard renovation was completed with the help of the Builders Association of the Twin Cities and several of their members. The following Minnesota-based companies were involved in the project:
All Metro Excavating
Apple Valley RediMix/MN State Curb & Gutter
Brock White Co.
NAC Mechanical and Electrical
Nordic Landscape Lighting
Personal Designer Home Visualizer
Royal Building Products
Twin City Fireplace & Stone
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