Sadusky family finalizes outdoor space on loon lake

Last summer the Sadusky family completed construction and made a move to their new home on Loon Lake — but a few exterior touches remained unfinished.

This summer they’ve checked off those final boxes on the way to enjoying their outdoor space to its full potential.

The patio includes plenty of room to entertain family and friends with a relaxing seating area around a fire table and a pergola shading an outdoor dining space.

“This is our first full summer on the lake with the backyard area finished,” Natane Sadusky said. “We wanted to create a large space outside to entertain and really extend the living space outdoors.”

Mission accomplished.

Large pattern pavers add to the feeling of a wide-open space while the pergola adds height and will eventually balance vertically with a redbud tree on the other end of the patio as it continues to grow.

Flowers, plants and shrubs will continue to transform the feel of the outdoor space as they grow and mature.

“Our Minnesota Redbud tree will grow to be about 20-25 feet tall and will provide height on the opposite side of the patio from the pergola. We have three peony bushes to allow for fresh cut flowers inside the house,” Natane said. “We also have phlox and lavender that will be pretty, some Summer Crush and Annabelle hydrangeas that we’ll be able to bring in and put in vases as well.”

A few evergreen shrubs form a living fence on one side of the pergola so they can dine in privacy whenever they decide to grill burgers or steaks and sweet corn for an outdoor supper.

Dessert takes the family to the other side of the patio.

“We make s’mores nightly on the fire table. We enjoy coming in from the boat, having supper, relaxing and having s’mores,” Natane said. “Music can be heard from our newly completed theater room stereo.”

The sound of music isn’t the only thing that bridges the gap from the interior of the home to the outdoors.

Certain style elements blend together for a seamless transition between the two spaces.

“A neutral color palette was used in the design of our interior and exterior living spaces. We like everything to blend so there are black, gold and beige elements throughout. The white and black on the pergola matches the doors and door hardware inside,” Natane said.

Green and blue elements in the exterior decor work perfectly against a backdrop of green grass and the blue hues of the water and sky.

There is plenty of both with a wide and even backyard perfect for lawn games stretching to the dock.

And the home’s location on a peninsula offers water views on three sides.

Even as they soak up the sun, enjoy the water and everything their outdoor space has to offer, there are plans to add to the mix.  

A larger, U-shaped dock allowing for more usable space on the water is one item, as is a saltwater spa filling some of the remaining available space on the patio.

For now, it’s all about enjoying that first full summer in the sun on the shores of Loon Lake.