Contemporary Colonial Revival

Contemporary Colonial Revival

Perched above the sidewalks on a prominent corner lot, this meticulously restored colonial is the grande dame of Irvington. But, as these homeowners will tell you, along with the charm of any 100-year-old home comes a number of “issues.” For this home, outdoor space was severely underused due to tight, oddly-shaped books around the perimeter of the home, not to mention the concrete front porch that had significant cracks from years of settling.

The Drake’s design-build team updated the look of the old home while maintaining the value of the home in this triumph of old-meets-new. The oddly-shaped books were transformed into moments of surprise and delight. A contemporary fountain brings the home into this century in a shockingly natural way, while a small patio on the previously unused exterior corner of the lot invites the family — and their neighbors to spend more time socializing in front of their home. The team was able to replace only the damaged stairs, saving the homeowners the expense of replacing the entire porch and staircase.

Sandy Lodge

Sandy Lodge

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Rosepark Stroll Garden

Rosepark Stroll Garden

Dernedde Project

 

Referred by a close friend who had worked with the Drake’s design team a few years earlier, the homeowners had been introduced to our design process and had previously spent time in one of our garden’s.   So, they were more than excited to reimagine their long and narrow backyard space into the garden they’d always dreamed of having.  

Our team paid careful attention to the grade changes, dimensions of the yard, line-of-sight, and the difficult sun/shade patterns to craft a custom stroll garden featuring natural bluestone pavers cut to various square and rectangular dimensions.  Another detail that makes a big impact: tumbled bluestone risers at various lengths for steps that look comfortable and soft.  

A discerning eye will notice how the plantings on each side of the pathway require different light needs.   The house keeps one side close to full shade year-round, while the other side gets nearly full sun. Our designers used the pathway itself as the transition zone, and carefully selected plants suited for each side.

Buckhaven Pavilion

Buckhaven Pavilion

 

In retirement, many people move from a colder, wetter climate to a hotter, drier one. This couple, however, traded bustling, balmy San Diego for a secluded setting full of nature in the Buckhaven neighborhood of unincorporated Hillsboro.

Down a gravel road in the countryside, the home sits amongst beautiful, mature trees and has a stunning view of the mountains. Of course, maximizing the ability to spend time outdoors in their home’s spectacular surroundings was high on this couple’s wishlist. Integrated lighting, ceiling fans, and heaters ensure they can use the room at any time of the day or year, essentially adding another room to the home! Because the structure needed to be large enough to accommodate a grill, wood-fired pizza oven, fire pit, and a large dining table, special care was taken to design a shelter that was both beautiful and sturdy. Using knife plate construction allowed the design team to create a structurally sound 600 square foot pavilion using only four posts.

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Steven Kurvers

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Bluestone

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Cottage

Inner NE Arts & Crafts

Inner NE Arts & Crafts

When these garden-loving homeowners built their home on the site of a tear-down in the Alameda neighborhood of NE Portland, they were faced with a challenge. The larger footprint of the new home left little space for the garden they’d envisioned! They knew it was critical to maximize the natural beauty of the available space, so after extensive research and interviews with several design-build firms, they enlisted Drake’s to do just that.

The new yard is small but mighty. A partially-covered patio provides shelter from the elements (a constant in the Pacific Northwest) while a gas firepit enhances their enjoyment of the outdoors year-round. Natural building materials, organic shapes, and the fairytale glow of strategic outdoor lighting ensured the space retained a “garden” feel. A dog-friendly synthetic lawn with pet treatment minimizes odor–and maintenance!

Designer

Steven Kurvers

Materials

Bluestone

Style

Cottage

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.