If you are looking for a safe, beautiful, custom swimming pool installation for your backyard, look no further than your Happy Valley backyard pool design and installation team at Drake’s 7 Dees. We work with a team of trusted subcontractors to ensure that your pool is installed exactly as it’s designed. And when you work with us, you know that your new pool will be perfectly integrated with the rest of your landscape.
Drake’s 7 Dees is passionate about Happy Valley landscape design and installation. For our landscape designers, the form and function of your outdoor space is about more than appearance or making a financial investment – it’s about having a great time with the people in your life. A pool can provide the perfect place to gather and have a great time with all your friends and family. If you are looking to create just such a space on your property, contact us to get started today.
At Drake’s 7 Dees, our landscape design team is driven by making places where friends and families can gather together to make memories. Beautiful landscaping is about more than aesthetics – it’s about creating functional spaces that provide room for making beautiful moments. That’s why Happy Valley backyard pool design and installation is a particular passion of ours.
Based in Portland, Drake’s 7 Dees is a full-service landscape design and build company for Happy Valley, Oregon. We take your Happy Valley outdoor living room design and build dreams from initial concept through final completion. This means you spend less time coordinating between designers, contractors, and sub-contractors, and more time enjoying the excellent results.
Drake’s landscape design and build is unique in the Happy Valley area and perhaps in the entire Pacific Northwest in that certain members of our staff are licensed architects. What does this mean for you? If your landscape remodel and renovation will involve any of the following:
there is no need to find or work with a separate architect or builder to complete the project. Projects requiring an architect, engineer, or building permits can be developed by Drake’s Happy Valley landscape architect along with the rest of your property, keeping the design process simple and fast.
Drake’s 7 Dees 2020 Design Guide is the product of over six decades of landscape design and construction in popular Portland neighborhoods and beyond. It’s a must-read for anyone thinking of redoing or upgrading their landscape. Get the download and be ready to get inspired! Then contact Drake’s 7 Dees to find out how we can transform your landscape.
You may be thinking “I like what I see, but I want to know more about how Drake’s 7 Dees helps me get there.” Continue reading to learn more about how our Happy Valley landscape design and build process works from start to finish.
A Design Associate from Drake’s 7 Dees will meet with you at your home to discuss your landscape goals. Based upon the extent of your landscape desires, the Design Associate will present a ‘Design Proposal’ that represents the number of ‘design hours’ required to produce a set of detailed Landscape Plans specific to your property.
During a ‘working meeting’ at Drake’s 7 Dees office (or phone conference) the Designer will present a Conceptual Landscape Plan based on your input from the Site Analysis meeting. An illustrated ‘plan view’ of your property will be presented which incorporates your stated landscape goals. You will be able to see in concrete ways what your landscape is going to look like when we’re done. Construction material selections will also be discussed and chosen at this time. A ‘Statement of Values’ will provide preliminary construction costs for the various elements of the Landscape Plan. As a working meeting, this will be the time for your input to help us craft a plan for your home’s landscaping that meets both your aesthetic and budget objectives.
A final Design Meeting will be scheduled with the Senior Designer to present the revised Landscape Plan and an itemized Construction Proposal for the installation of your new landscape. Modifications to the ‘scope of services’ presented in the Construction Proposal can be accomplished at this time. Your approval of the Landscape Plan and your Signature on the Construction Proposal will give Drake’s 7 Dees the ‘thumbs up’ to schedule the transformation of your landscape.
Our team of experienced landscape construction professionals brings your plan to life. We take great pride in making sure our work is completed quickly, expertly, and with minimal disruption for our clients. We want you to have a good experience before, during, and after your landscape renovation.
A lifelong Oregon resident, Drake has been passionate about plants since childhood, beginning with propagating and growing flowers at his grandfather’s nursery. He opened Drake’s 7 Dees in 1974, while earning degrees in Business and Horticulture from Oregon State University. He later expanded into the design/build side of the industry, allowing him to combine his passion for plants with his love of family by maximizing the quality of family time spent outdoors.
Drake is co-founder of the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association and is a Landscape Industry Certified Manager (LICM)—a designation that less than two percent of landscapers have attained. Additionally, Drake serves on the Board of Directors for the Portland Japanese Gardens, widely regarded as one of the seven best Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
Drake is married to former Oregon Speaker of the House, Lynn Snodgrass. Together, he and Lynn received the Farm Bureau President’s award in 1999 for their service and dedication to agriculture in the state of Oregon. Drake and Lynn have two wonderful daughters, two talented son-in-laws, and seven grandchildren. In his spare time, Drake enjoys camping, water and snow skiing, reading, and of course, gardening.