Showcase Project Southwest Townhouse

Existing Conditions Plan No matter if it is small or complex, Drake’s goes through a thorough design process for all landscaping and design + build projects. This is the first design Drake’s creates for all clients.  This plan describes what needs to happen to change the garden, including demolition plans. This is a strong communication tool between the client and Drake’s so there are no surprises. It’s also used by our Estimator to very specifically and accurately price the project. Finally, our crew will eventually use this plan so they know exactly what plants to transplant, remove, etc.

Concept Plan After the client fills out a questionnaire about their property and desires, we get to know them, their family, their preferences, and how they will use their outdoor space. We then create the second design in the process, the Concept Plan. Looking at the property from 300 to 400 hundred feet in the air, we use our creativity and experience to show the client our thoughts for how the space should transform, including details like walking patterns, water features and any other elements to meet the client’s needs.

The Planting Plan The icing on the cake as we call it, is the Planting Plan. This is a very detailed process that brings together colors, textures, client preferences, and even sentimental plants that might be transplanted as part of the new design. All of this comes together to create a beautiful, inspiring garden that changes with each season.

Drake’s 7 Dees design team are always thinking outside of the box, particularly when space is an issue. In this townhouse setting, with no backyard, the client was looking for a sense of calm and privacy within their limited space. A wrought-iron fence was created around the property to add some privacy and a sense of space. Rather than a straight walkway to the front door, Drake’s team made a slightly winding path creating a more interesting experience as visitors approach. Clumping-bamboo was selected to match the style of the property, while not spreading throughout the modest space. A custom designed patio was created with entirely unique stonework, found exclusively on this property. While they don’t have the largest yard on the block, they likely have the most unique.

Listen above as owner of Drake’s 7 Dees, Drake Snodgrass, describes how Drake’s turned the front yard of this townhouse in Southwest Portland, into the “backyard” of the owners’ dreams.

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Drake's 7 Dees has proudly provided landscape design services to the Portland areas since the 1950s.
5645 SW Scholls Ferry Road
Portland OR 97225