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It starts with you.

That’s why our process always starts with imagination. We visit you at your home, not just to see your site, but also to learn the way you want to use it. Together, we begin to imagine a landscape that aligns with who you are and who you want to be. Only then can we design a plan and build it for you.

When it’s done right, you get to live it – for a long time. So the process ends with you, too.


How do you want to live?

It all starts with your family. Your home is where you live – and the way you live decides the right landscape for you.

So do you host parties? Do you love to swim or cook? Do you need a place to watch the kids – or will areas of solitude and beauty be a key for you?

At our first face-to-face meeting at your home, we’ll dream the big stuff. We’ll ask all kinds of questions – things like “what’s your favorite vacation?” and “do you prefer to eat in or eat out?” Bring your ideas and inspiration – we’ll multiply them with our own, gleaned over more than two decades of landscape architecture work.

We’ll present you with several concepts to turn imagination to reality. Together, we’ll discover the perfect approach for your project. Dream with us, or visit our gallery to dream on your own.


Look before you leap.

Once we’ve caught your vision and captured your imagination, it’s time to create a plan.

As licensed landscape architects, we’re subject to the highest standards of safety and quality enforced by the state of Illinois. As your designers, we’re also subject to the highest standards of beauty. Anybody can lay pavers or plant trees – a Hursthouse design ties everything together in a single vision.

Often, the right plan actually saves you money. We’ll present you with options based on your family’s needs and budget – choices like building material or lighting style can have a huge effect on project cost, and they’re ultimately yours to make.

We’ll visualize your plan with architectural drawings and other renderings before construction ever begins. You’ll know what you’re getting. And when you have a plan you love – well, then it’s time for our construction crew to get to work.


More than landscape contractors.

Once the vision is set and your plan is approved, it’s time to start construction. We’ll handle tasks like scheduling, permitting and material procurement. All you’ll need to do is help us pick the right times to transform your home.

Hursthouse crews are more than contractors – just like our design team, many of our crew leaders have more than 20 years’ experience in the landscaping business. Our philosophy is simple: Build it the right way, even if it means more work. Build it to last.

Construction ends with a walk-through of your new living space. We’ll answer questions and make sure you love what we’ve created with you.


It’s not a project. It’s home.

What’s the best part about being a landscape architect? For us, it’s watching people enjoy the spaces we help create.

Your landscaping is an extension of your home – just like the rest of your house; it’s an investment that should last. That’s why every Hursthouse landscape is guaranteed for three years – two years longer than most Chicago-area landscaping work. We don’t expect your outdoor living space to look as good a few years down the line as when we built it. We expect it to look better.

Landscaping is about living, and your home is about you. That’s why every other step in our process points to this – your family inhabiting your home in the way that suits you best. Our job is never done until you live it.

So how do you want to live?

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