Landscaping & Exterior Design
Portland, Oregon’s largest city, sits on the Columbia and Willamette rivers, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Hood. It’s known for its parks, bridges and bicycle paths, as well as for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Iconic Washington Park encompasses sites from the formal Japanese Garden to Oregon Zoo and its railway. The city hosts thriving art, theater and music scenes.
Over the years, Premier Backyard Living Landscaping & Exterior Design has created spectacular Outdoor Living Spaces and Landscapes in Portland. Our experience working in Portland has taught us about the homes, neighborhoods, sloped properties, and soil conditions.
We are so familiar with landscape Design/Build in Portland, we want to touch on some of the Design Dilemmas:
The key to Sloped Landscapes is in creating the most usable space possible. This usually requires retaining methods that if not done correctly they become ugly rigid walls or landscape eyesores. We recommend hiding retaining walls within the landscape. Usually in transition spaces from one space to the next. Notice the Photos above to see how we accomplished this.
Clay soil is present in Portland properties. It drains poorly and as a result becomes tightly compacted. This prevents oxygen and water from passing through to water the plants. Work with the soil by amending and using plant life that thrives in clay soil.
Portland is known for poor drainage. When it rains the clay soil does not collect the water. Water always flows downhill in the easiest route possible. It also looks for a low spot to collect and turns into a marshy swamp. Many times it settles next to your home or in the lawn where your Kids and Pets play. Installing a French Drain can help tremendously. The basic concept behind a French drain is to provide an easy channel for water to flow through, diverting the water to where you want it to go.
Portland youtube Video
Many Homes in Portland are beautifully built older homes. These homes may have been remodeled on the inside but often the Outdoor Living Space and Landscape need some attention.
Quality Products & Property Preparation
Premier Backyard Living does NOT work for builders as budgets for the last part of a property design often demands use of cut-rate materials. On top of that, time spent to properly prepare the soil or space for longevity is not a consideration. This does not represent every builder but is a noteworthy concern.
We recommend Premier Backyard Living to assist with the Design and Installation of the entire Outdoor Space in the Portland Landscaping market. In this way, you can be assured to get the highest quality product. We’ve been doing business in the Portland Landscaping and Outdoor Living Space market for 24 years now, and many of our staff we’re born and raised right here. You can have piece of mind that we understand the Northwest region and the special care a Portland landscape requires.