Drake’s 7 Dees is passionate about Portland 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. At Drake’s 7 Dees, Portland landscape designers do what they do to provide a place for you to gather with your friends and family.
Adding walls to your landscape creates level open spaces including terraces and gathering areas, which is essential to all good landscape design. Retaining walls can be built using a variety of different materials, from fitted natural stone to concrete with stone veneer to concrete block and more. Each of the different material selection options produces different visual results and is suited for different styles of home architecture and landscape design.
Beyond design, construction technique is important to the longevity of your retaining walls. It is vital to hire a Portland retaining wall design and build team with the experience and background to know what they’re doing. 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 spaces where friends and families can gather 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 Portland retaining wall design and build is a passion of ours.
We do nothing with half an effort. When we create a retaining wall as part of a complete landscape redesign or as a single landscaping feature, we make a concerted effort to ensure that your space flows together perfectly. We work within your space and budget to mold your backyard to be one of the places you, your friends, and your family most enjoy spending their time. If that’s the result you’re looking for, Drake’s 7 Dees Portland retaining wall design and build is the team you want to work with.
Based in Portland, Drake’s 7 Dees is a full-service landscape design and build company for Portland, Oregon. We take your Portland retaining wall design and build dreams from initial concept through to final completion. This means you spend less time coordinating between designers, contractors, and sub-contractors, and more time enjoying the excellent results.
Your time is precious. Our Portland landscape design & build model establishes a smoother, more enjoyable process and strong client-contractor teamwork, delivering a superior end-product. Building an outdoor retaining wall optimizes your enjoyment, resale value, and entertainment potential. Whatever your reason, we’d be honored to serve you. Call or email us today.
We can construct retaining walls from all manner of materials:
…and more. No matter what you’re looking for in your outdoor space, the design team at Drake’s 7 Dees can help.
Drake’s 7 Dees 2023 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 Portland 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.
Born and raised in the Portland Metro Area… Tim has had an appreciation for the outdoors from a young age. Inspired by our local beauty ranging: the Mt Hood National Forest to salty, sea spray of Cannon Beach, the arid high-desert of Central Oregon to the rugged terrain of Steens Mountain – Tim sought higher education at the University of Idaho in their Landscape Architecture department. Graduating with honors in 2004, he returned home to establish his professional career.
Now making his home in Sandy, Oregon – Tim and his wife [Nicole] are raising two happy and healthy kiddos and 4 fur-babies. Between soccer, football, cheerleading, girl scouts and other extra-curricular activities… the Sellin family are heavily involved in their community and church family. Since college, Tim has spent 13 of his 17 years with Drake’s 7 Dees and has ‘set roots’ in anticipation of long-term growth at the family-focused company. Having spent his time away from Drake’s in a ‘boots on the ground’ capacity, Tim has fostered a love for the operational/production side of landscape business, as well as the design/sales.
His goal in life as well as business is to put others first.
Bachelor of Science Landscape Architecture, BSLA… 2009
California Polytechnic University, Pomona… Cum Laude
American Society of Landscape Architects – Honor Award
Steven has 15 years of experience in the residential landscape design/build and garden center industry, including 9 years with Drake’s 7 Dees. Steven also has experience working with the National Park Service in Yosemite on sub-alpine restoration projects, as well as volunteer experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer serving the community of Zaouiat d’Ifrane in Morocco.
Together, Steven and his wife Anna have four lovely children, all 5 years old and under! In his (very limited) spare time, Steven enjoys camping, hiking, archery hunting, and cooking. Steven’s passion for his work lies in helping others, through design to envision a more beautiful space that, once built, becomes a reality that improves their quality of life.