Blue-sky thinking meets real world maintenance.

Finding the balance between curb appeal and cost of ownership for our clients is always foremost in our minds. Decades of managing the landscape creations of other design professionals has taught us what works and what doesn’t. This experience, along with environmental and sustainability factors, helps inform our design process and recommendations.


It’s not enough for something to look good; it must also function well based on the parameters of the project. Our design team includes certified landscape architects and arborists, GIS technicians and other professionals with experience across every sector. So whether it’s a major renovation, a monument sign makeover, or time to start from a blank sheet of paper, we can create value on every level.

The NLS Design team has the creativity and know-how to develop landscapes that thrive in the Pacific Northwest.

Concept Renderings

A simple picture, albeit rendered with the help of a computer, is still the most effective way to communicate what a project will look like when its finished. These renderings are an illustrative representation of what a proposed landscape will look like 3-5 years after installation.

Landscape Plans

An effective landscape plan is an essential tool for understanding exactly what the scope of a project is and the resources required to execute it.A basic plan for a narrowly defined project will typically includes a scaled, site-specific drawing, supplemented with a set of drawings for each aspect of the overall project (i.e. a planting plan or irrigation plan or demolition plan).

Complex projects of a larger scale typically require the expertise of our in-house Landscape Architect. These larger scale projects naturally require more detailed plans and commonly include a range of support documents.

To obtain necessary permits, bids for construction or other services, CAD drawings and other formal construction documents are often required. Drainage and irrigation plans, plant legends and design narratives, a Landscape Architecture or Certified Arborist stamp may also be required.

Long Range Planning

Often referred to as “Master Plans,” long range plans are commonly used for large scale projects, such as commercial or corporate campus developments, universities, parks, or college campuses.Many of the deliverables are designed under the direction of our in-house Landscape Architect, and include illustrative plans, elevation drawings, artistic renderings, and any other necessary documentation needed for the project.

Whether the project is a major overhaul of an existing property or a entirely new development, we implement Asset Inventory Mapping (AIM) into the process to ensure the most cost effective, long-term management of the property. AIM systematizes the tracking and maintenance of virtually every element of a given property’s landscape features. AIM reporting and tracking capabilities give owners and property managers state-of-the-art tools to effectively manage all aspects of a given property’s exterior assets.

Courtyards • Rooftop Gardens • Dog Parks • Turf Conversions • Streetscapes • Vegetation Renewal • Rain Gardens • Landscape Restoration • Tree Retention/Replacement Plans • Annual Flower Displays • Long Range Planning • Hardscapes • Drainage • Arboriculture • P‑Patches • Patios