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.

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.