While Bear Creek’s most impressive projects have involved large estates with wrap-around driveways, regal fountains, multiple-tier decks, grand gardens and tailor-made lakes, an equal number are projects where the design and installation occur on a much smaller scale. Indeed, one of our favorite challenges remains transforming a tiny over-grown urban yard into a magical oasis that becomes a favorite space for its owners.
Unlike general architecture, where the oldest traditions date back thousands of years, landscape architecture is a relatively newer field of study. And while traditional architecture is focused exclusively on the style and function of structures, landscape architecture involves a much wider array of disciplines. It still concerns buildings and other constructed environments such paths and walls. But it also requires knowledge of soil science, botany, water drainage, horticulture and ecology. And more importantly, it deals with understanding how those two environments, natural and built, can be integrated in ways that are both functional and pleasing.
Given this large range of required skills, it’s not surprising that landscape architects are usually employed to oversee the development of large, big-budget projects like parks, golf courses, shopping malls and cemeteries. We are intrigued by the idea of applying the principles of landscape architecture to smaller-scale jobs such as residential properties.
Oftentimes less is more. You don’t always need to go in with a whole bunch of new plants. Maybe you just need one or two nice mature plants to complement the scene. We assess what’s there and let people know the value of their existing plants. What’s most important is getting the right scale. That’s a real art.
We believe in the design-build school of construction, which favors keeping all phases of a project, from design to the final stages of construction, under one manager, as opposed to separating architect and builder and relying on sub-contractors. Although relatively new, this increasingly popular style is a throwback to the master builder approach that has guided human architecture for millennia.
Bear Creek designs have been featured in the Northwest Garden Show. They were a finalist in the prestigious Street of Dreams competition. And they consistently earn praise from satisfied clients, both for the quality of what they do and the efficient and professional way they get it done quickly
Looking to sell your home or property? If so, a staged yard is a proven way of impressing potential buyers and also enhancing your real estate listing. Bear Creek Landscaping is proud to have helped dozens of clients and agents successfully sell their homes.
Our other specialty is remodeling and home make overs. We have access to our own nurseries that utilize mature plant material where the client wants something full grown.
We are fully licensed, insured and Bonded (Contractors Reg BEARCCL79DC).