Landscape Architect / Landscape Design
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Looking for professional advice regarding your landscaping projects? Our 30+ years of experience as landscape architects and contractors can add invaluable insights to the plans you already have, or provide design ideas to achieve your vision of your landscape.
In 2010, my wife and I purchased a beautiful 68 acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The farmhouse, originally built in 1817, and then expanded in 1867, was in fairly original condition, and optimally located in the center of the property. It's most significant problem, however, was water. Rain water would shed off the nearby ridge, and pool in front of the house, and then ultimately leak through the hand dug cellar walls and cracks in the cement floor. The sump pump in the basement would run for weeks after a single heavy rain. Our little Garden of Eden was becoming a swamp.
Consequently, we looked to Joe Duggan of J. Duggan & Associates to help structurally, and permanently, solve our water problem. This was our first time working with a landscape architect. Joe recommended and coordinated the hiring of several key professionals to assist with the design of the project, namely a topographer/surveyor and an arborist. The topographer mapped the elevations around the farm house and associated ridge, and determined the various sources of the water pooling in front of the house. The arborist identified which of the seven 150 year old trees that closely ringed the house were still healthy, and which were in failing condition.
With this data, Joe created several drafts of various front patio and stone retaining wall configurations that primarily solved our water problem, but also took advantage of the fabulous views from our front porch. The project plan we ultimately settled on was both simple and elegant, and in perfect keeping with the age of the house and surrounding farm land. The stone patio and stone retaining wall were built on reinforced concrete that had a series of drains embedded within the structure that successfully discharged water away from the house. Having stated that though, the drains are cleverly concealed within the patio and surrounding grounds. The patio is perfect for entertaining while it performs its utilitarian task of keeping water out of the house.
As we were new to the area, Joe also identified a stone mason/general contractor who actually built the patio and retaining walls according to his specifications. During construction, it seemed to us that one set of stone piers looked like they were going to be too high. Joe immediately came out, sat in the front porch chairs that we were sitting in, and agreed that the offending piers could be shortened. In the end, we have been exceptionally pleased with the work and care that Joe put into this project. The front porch/stone patio/stone retaining walls are beautiful, and in keeping with the spirit of our house and farm.
I have worked hard to earn a reputation as a Custom Homebuilder known for my high standards and attention to detail. Part of my success has been making sure the professionals who work on my projects share those standards.
I have worked with and known Joe Duggan going on 20 years using him on a number of projects throughout that time. His quality of design, attention to detail, and ability to listen to my clients and exceed their expectations has always ensured a successful project. The high standards I set are never a problem for Joe -- my reputation is in good hands.
My wife and I had a very vague idea of what we wanted for a deck/patio combo on our new home. We knew we didn’t want a simple deck and slab for a patio so Joe helped clarify our thoughts. He was great to work with in that he listened to our wishes and made suggestions based on his experience to further enhance the design. His drawings and computer renderings of the project were great in allowing us to see what the final product would look like. Also, the contractor that he had come in to do the work was very punctual, courteous and professional.
We are very glad that we contacted Joe to help us design and build a very nice patio and deck. His help in making the project run very smoothly with minimum stress was greatly appreciated.
I have known J Duggan Associates PC for well over 10 years. I have worked with Joe myself on a number of projects and I have also referred Joe to my Clients. I have found him to be creative, professional, and timely. He is also known for being involved in our community, offering his expertise without being asked. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again or refer him to future clients.
I have worked with Joe on projects large and small since 1988. As a professional horticulturalist and nurseryman, I appreciate Joe's knowledge of plant material and appropriate application of trees and shrubs in a landscape. He not only draws a pretty picture, but creates functional, maintainable outdoor spaces that add value to homes and business. I do not hesitate in recommending Joe for any project.
Joe Duggan is an experienced landscape architect with a strong focus on landscape design (both the softscape and hardscape elements). He is a valued design colleague who brings a breadth of capabilities to each project effort.
Residential Landscape Design
Design an estate to be proud of. Over the past 35 years, we have shared our residential landscape design expertise with thousands of homeowners, and completed hundreds of projects. These projects have ranged in scope from simple entryways to the master planning and installation of large estates with. Our experience includes plantings, lighting, decks, terraces, patios, pools, water features, walls, and grading. We listen to what you want, and share from our experience how to make that happen! J Duggan & Associates offers a comprehensive analysis of your landscape needs and then designs a solution that includes it all. We are able to offer services that not only enhance your home and lifestyle but fit your budget as well. It’s your home, and it should look like your dreams. Call us today to share your project plans!
Commercial Landscape Design
J Duggan & Associates is an experienced commercial landscape architect, capable of acting as a primary consultant or of collaborating on multi-disciplinary team projects as a sub-consultant. Our successful completion of numerous institutional, commercial, and recreational projects both in local jurisdictions and nationally over the last fifteen years demonstrates our commitment to and success in working with others. In addition to our track record, as planners, we have created numerous subdivision layouts and master plans. We have extensive experience in presenting such projects to public agencies and political bodies, having been on them ourselves! In the end we can not only help you get the project designed–but also get you approved. Call us today to share more about your commercial landscape architecture and design project!
Water Feature Designs
We have been designing landscapes and providing pool designs for over 30 years, and our attention to the thoughts and desires of our clients is what sets us apart. Our experience includes design of the pool itself, with waterfalls and spas, along with plantings, decks, lighting, patios, terraces, and grading. We pay attention to the whole context, not just the individual pool itself. Its aesthetic qualities and how it relates to the site is just as important as a pool’s function as a place to swim. We focus on how a pool is viewed just as much as how it is used. What’s more, we don’t simply design your pool and then leave you to sort out the rest. We consider everything, both installation requirements and amenities, and manage our specially chosen and trusted contractors to complete the project to your liking. Call us today!
Federal Landscape Design
Creative & realistic perspectives for Federal Architecture and Engineering Landscape Projects. 25 years of construction management experience has refined what works and what doesn’t. This ensures that the designs presented are realistic, and meets budget. J Duggan and Associates have been included on peer review teams reviewing the Landscape Architecture aspect of various projects throughout the country for the Veteran’s Administration.