A landscape designer for a backyard makeover?

generic landscaped yard areaChuckD emails:

It's time we did something about the backyard. But we're not interested in some HGTV thing with all parts sourced from a Big Box DIY store. We're looking for a creative designer/contractor who will design and build a natural backyard space to include replacement of a ratty deck, a rattier wood fence, inclusion of an existing inground pool, two existing happy doggies, and most importantly, an awareness and interest in those gray areas between indoors and out and work it into our passive solar house. Can anyone recommend someone who will think outside The Box and help us realize our ideas? Cuz we're clueless.

Even on a small project there can be a big difference between what the typical person can scratch out on the back of an envelope and what a professional designer can put together. And a landscape designer might be able to lend some helpful expertise on the sort of plants and other features that will make the new backyard easier to maintain over the long run.

So, got a suggestion for Chuck? Please share!

Comments

I would recommend:
JDH Woodwork--788-0851 or jdhwdwks@gmail.com for the deck and fencing issues

And

Chameleon Property Services for the landscaping.
http://www.chameleonpropertyservices.com/

JDH did a great job a few years ago repairing my porch and Chameleon is reasonable and honest.

We used Elemental Landscapes for a fairly large project last year and loved the results. i would highly recommend them.
http://gotstone.com/

I just had a great experience with Lyte Property Services http://lyteservices.com/

They gave me more curb appeal than I could have hoped for. And they did a great job cleaning up after themselves (a pet peeve of mine with contractors). They arrived when they said, delivered on their promise and came in under budget. WHAT? I know. Unheard of.

Peter Knectel
Greenman Concepts 641-2760
Groovy one man operation only uses the cleanest ingredients.. very creative...very different approach

Hey, thanks for all the suggestions. We're currently following through on a couple and it's really helped us figure out how to approach this.

I probably should not have limited my request to a landscape designer since what's included is the possibility of adding a large porch or covered deck, which of course isn't landscape. We're looking for a designer for the whole package.

But no matter, once again the AoA folk offer up some great leads and a very attractive post.
Thanks gain!

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