Residential and Estate Design
Our firm has a passion for residential and estate design!! As noted on the home page, we have, as Landscape Architects, performed design-build services and managed the installation of hundreds, if not more, residential projects in the Metro DC region–particularly in Loudoun, Frederick and Fauquier and Warren Counties of Virginia. Our small size insures that as it’s principal with over 30 years experience; J. Duggan is involved with every project. There is no delegation to personnel with less experience.
These projects have ranged in size from simple entryways for a few thousand dollars to the Master Planning and installation of Major Estates with project costs well in excess of six figures. Experience includes plantings, lighting, decks, terraces, patios, pools, water features walls and grading using a number of different methods including carpentry, masonry etc.
This experience has allowed us to know what does and doesn’t work. We are able to offer services that not only enhance your home and lifestyle but fit your budget as well. We do this by providing design solutions for your property that maximize its potential according your needs and its unique characteristics.
We can also help you to visualize proposed solutions through strong graphics; sketches, drawings and 3d modeling. We make the process easy to use and friendly through personal interaction and the Internet.
The obvious question to ask is
Why pay for a design/consultation when I can get one ‘free’ or for minimal cost from other design/build firms.
The answer is simple……if you are not paying for the design/consultation… no matter how qualified they may be……they are not there as designers/consultants, they are primarily salesmen. The ‘design’ is used as a sales tool to sell their product or service. These are not bad folks but they do have their own bias or agenda which may not be the same as yours. If they find patios profitable ….they will push patios…decks…they will push decks…
You should also be aware of who is doing the design-what are their qualifications, where did they learn how to design etc? What experience do they have? A common mistake is assuming that if the company has been around for a while-the designer must be qualified…not necessarily so! Do not just look at the Company itself, but the person you are dealing with, who will be advising you!
It should also be pointed out that nothing is for free, even if you are not charged up front for design services, it is included in the overhead of these firms which is reflected in the final construction costs. In short these “designer/salesmen” have to be paid for their time-it is either by commission or salary…but the costs have to be accounted for….you just don’t see it!
We offer a complete range of landscape
architectural services, including:
- Site analysis
- Site Design
- Planting Design
- Hardscape Design
- Grading Design
- Estate and Master Planning
- Project Administration
We offer these services for the design of:
- Total Site Development
- Outdoor Rooms
- Patios-Large or Small
- Pools and Surrounds
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Water Features-Fountains
- Plant Installation- Large trees to Perennial Gardens
- Decks, Trellis, Arbors
- Fences, Gates
- Walls- Retention and for seating
- Fireplaces and Fire pits.