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Landscape Project Portfolio

"Our objective was to add an outdoor living space adjacent to our home that would complement and connect to the natural vegetation on an adjacent hillside. The project included installation of patio pavers, a pond with waterfall, plantings, stone walkway and steps, and a large custom arbor. Photos of the completed project can be viewed on this site in the Image Gallery section (see "Trepanier project"). We couldn't be more pleased with the end result. From the start, owner Alan Burke was a pleasure to work with. He listened (patiently) to our ideas, and as befits a true professional offered intuitive suggestions and options we hadn't considered. Alan emphasizes clear communication, evidenced by making sure we understood each option, its cost, and possible trade-offs to make sure we stayed within budget. The project itself went very smoothly. Workmen were punctual, courteous, paid attention to detail, and we considered them craftsmen more than laborers. All contributed greatly to to a completed project that in many ways exceeded our expectations. We continue to enjoy this "extension" to our home, and never hesitate to recommend Classic to guests, friends and neighbors in our Hunters Glen homeowners association."

- Hunters wood project (2018)

The Millennium Railway

This is our labor of love at the 2000 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. A winner of three awards, this project is still used by the NWFGS staff to show new designers at the show how to build a complex project in a short time.

We pre-built the walls and track sections in one of our nursery greenhouses. Shrink-wrapped and ready for the three-day installation at the Convention Center, the tracks went up quickly so that we were able to spend more time finessing the rock areas with planting. Ably assisted by folks from the Puget Sound Garden Railway Society, this garden was co-sponsored by Monrovia. Have a look at our 2002 garden "Mirabilia" as well.

Unlike other firms at NWFGS, our garden show work isn't built to say "Hire us. Here's what we do." Instead, we want to stretch our imaginations and try something that we have never done before.

Services Provided:

  • Accent Rocks

    We do a lot of work in rock, from small boulders to river cobble, flagstone, and large boulders. Set by our experienced crews by hand or with a large trackhoe, rocks typically installed are local basalt and granite.

    With many other styles, shapes, colors and textures to choose from, we'll make it easy for you to sort through the types and sizes of rock available.

  • Garden Structures

    A myriad of garden structures can be created for you, from gazebos and storage structures to sport courts, arbors, and fences with gates. We can also show you portfolios and manufacturer catalogs of a range of other outdoor structures and accents when you visit our Redmond sample library.

  • Model Trains

    We've built quite a reputation over the last few years for our custom train sets.

    A small set was built for a cabinetmaker a few years ago, and it ended up winning a state landscape award.

    We created a fabulous small train layout garden that earned a gold award from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show a few years ago. That was something. Now we've done about a half a dozen of these. Aren't they cool?

    Painstakingly detailed and incredibly fun to research, this is the ultimate toy for the guy who has everything. (Mom, you might want to skip quickly over this section.)

  • Planting Beds

    Planting is what you think of when you think of landscaping, and nobody does it better than we do. We bring perennials that recur every year, beefy, robust evergreen plants that last all year, and fabulously colorful deciduous shrubs and trees as accents. We have acres of plants to choose from and a uniquely flexible way of working that allows you to "see the plants before you start."

    As one of the largest purveyors of Cedar Grove compost in the county, we also rototill or hand-turn your bedsand fertilize all of your new plantings. Best of all, we guarantee it all for one year and offer you a discount card when the dust has settled to shop at the Nursery.

  • Water Features & fountains

    A waterfall, stream or recirculating pond can be an attractive and calming amenity for any home. The pleasant sound of splashing water and the beauty of colorful fish can create a wonderful sense of serenity in even a small backyard.

    At Classic, we know that a successful waterfall or pond should look like a natural element in the landscape. You may also want to have a landscape architectural plan drawn up for the area to allow for such things as expanded patios, walkways or other design elements.

    The Classic pond utilizes a debris skimmer, much like a swimming pool, which is easy to access and clean. We can provide overflow assemblies, pump timers, self-filling valves, pond lighting, and a wide range of aquatic plants and different types of flagstone, rock, and paving materials.

  • Miscellaneous

    We can also coordinate the construction of all types of outdoor amenities, from pools to sport courts and spas.

    Working with us to design this type of construction offers some distinct advantages for you as a client. We design the feature to fit within a budget framework and solicit competitive bids on your behalf as part of your landscape architectural design package.

    Most importantly, these features fit within the overall site design, integrating with planting and other construction. We show you how to stage this effort to minimize site damage and perform the construction efficiently.

  • Carpentry