Showcase Project Westwood Property

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.

This home, in the Lewis and Clark area of Oregon, shows sometimes less is more when it comes to landscaping. Drake’s was contacted to improve the landscaping around the property. Starting with the front, Drake’s added curb appeal by replacing the asphalt driveway with an elegant, European cobblestone driveway more fitting to the home’s design. Many of the plants surrounding the front of the house were removed to reveal more of the beautiful property. A lovely pathway and water feature now surround guests as they say their goodbyes.

The client wanted an activity area, making better use of the backyard space to bring their family together. A putting green was the perfect solution. Drake’s team leveled the land, created the putting green, and added special touches- like a hand-cut, flagstone viewing area.

Listen above as owner of Drake’s 7 Dees, Drake Snodgrass, explains how the combination of his team’s experience and artful hands transformed this property.

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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