PNW Poolside

Hanton Project

A critical part of pool design is not just the pool dimensions, but how the pool fits into the site specifically and its surroundings.  Elevation changes, location and layout of nearby structures, setbacks and overlay zones, the size and shape of the pool deck, necessary retaining, material choices… these all play an integral part in the design and planning process.  Another consideration would be whether to go with a traditional construction approach (shotcrete, gunite, sprayed concrete) or the increasingly popular prefabricated in-ground option.   

Taking all considerations into view, we set out to design the perfect backyard poolside setting.  Many of the trees and larger plantings we had planted during a phase 1 project we worked on with the clients 8 years prior, so the privacy elements were fully in place.  The clients were more than pleased with the results of both project phases and now enjoy their backyard oasis even more each summer.

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.