California Relaxed

This active Lake Oswego family was struggling with an insufficient patio perched at the base of a steeply-sloped backyard. The hill that emerged from the backside of their home occupied nearly the entire space. Where they saw a challenge, the design team at Drake’s 7 Dees saw an enormous opportunity. Sure, the backyard was a giant, dirt-covered incline, but it was spacious. The team set to work parceling out the property into distinct, usable areas.

The entire family, including their three athletic sons, now enjoys grilling and entertaining on the enlarged back patio, sinking a few shots on the custom putting green or sport court, and relaxing in the hot tub and taking in the view from a perfectly terraced platform on what was once a very underused outdoor space.

Style

California Chic

Materials

Plaza Paver

Anchor Diamond Wall Block

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.