We would highly recommend Land & Water Design. We had been searching for years for someone to design a deck and backyard for our unusual space. Don was the right man for the job. Not only do you get Don’s design and expertise you get his amazing and highly skilled team of contractors. Don listens to your vision for your space and comes up with a design that will blow your socks off! From start to finish and all the changes in-between Don and his team provide high-quality work and a beautiful end result. -D & A Seaborn, Warrenton VA, December 2018
You will not do better than hiring Don Nesmith of Land & Water Design. My wife and I hired Don after several frustrating experiences with other landscape designers. From our first meeting, Don was professional, friendly, and extremely responsive to our wants and needs for our much-needed pool and landscape renovation. My wife and I are both federal employees, and our dreams often didn’t match our budget. Don was not only patient and understanding, but he ultimately developed a plan that both fulfills dreams while meeting our limited budget. Just today, the final plantings and water feature are being finalized, and words can’t express our satisfaction and deep appreciation for Don’s incredible talent, vision, and ability to turn our dreams into the reality of our now idyllic backyard. -B. Morean, Great Falls VA, October 2017
Land & Water Design put our ideas to paper beyond imaginable. Don completely understood what we were looking for and used his experience and expertise to create an amazing design that exceeded my expectations. Don’s team of contractors are grade A quality and were able to put our ideas to life. Don and his team of contractors were very professional and delivered exceptional work as promised. -J. Godwin, Upper Marlboro MD, December 2017
Don listened to what we wanted and offered some creative solutions to fit our situation. He designed an amazing outdoor space to be executed in multiple phases so as to stay within our budget. Phase 1 is complete and far exceeds our expectations. Can’t wait for the next steps! -D. Clissold, Glenn Dale MD, July 2016
Land and Water did an amazing job designing our new backyard. They listened to our desires and created a deck and patio that exceeded our expectations. The design team took extra care to add-in small details that I never anticipated, but now I can’t imagine living without. They created patterns and ornate details with master precision. The landscapers, architects, audio-visual…etc., were all managed and coordinated with perfection. They worked in close proximity with each other seamlessly and with ease. The carpenter was meticulous and paid great attention to detail. He created breathtaking columns with handcrafted trim detailing. We thought about managing the project on our own because we had poor experiences in the past. However, after working with Land and Water we are confident that we made the right choice to hand the project over to above average professionals. We look forward to working with Land and Water to build and design our new Pool! -S. Taylor, Upper Marlboro MD, June 2016
The best way I can describe the result of using Land & Water Design is that now, when guests step foot into our new backyard, they say, “Wow!” or “Incredible!” Don provided several ideas for our limited-space backyard. Originally, we thought we just wanted a screened-in porch and deck, with maybe room for a small splash pool. Don did an excellent job developing a design which captured what we wanted but also provided ideas of his own that took our backyard to the next level. Don maximized our backyard space and designed a complete oasis for us that included a natural lagoon free-form pool, a porch, deck, patio, and firepit.
Through Land & Water Design, we contracted with Phuong Carpentry (deck/porch), J. Procter pools (pool), and Custom Outdoor Solutions (firepit, stone around pool and landscaping), and we were elated with all contractors. Due to the space constraints of our backyard, Don and these three contractors were constantly coordinating with one another, to be as efficient as possible in getting the work done.
Phuong of Phuong Carpentry is a master at what he does. I’ve never seen a porch as detailed and the quality of his work is unmatched. His team was so nice and courteous, and most importantly, showed up every day–including weekends at times–to complete the job. How many contractors can you say you’ve hugged in your life? Phuong is one of a kind. Our porch is nothing short of a work of art. Phuong’s team also did the whole deck off of the porch, and the craftsmanship of the way he laid the material, is beautiful.
Jesse of J. Procter pools and his team were kind, competent, courteous, worked when they said they would, and did an amazing job digging and forming our pool to Don’s design. They were flexible (we decided we did not want a sun shelf after all, so they had to dig it out), and the end result is something out of Better Homes and Gardens. They never complained, even when we ran into a glitch and Jesse had to ‘scuba’ in the chilly water.
Ray Ditmeyer of Custom Outdoor Solutions is also top-notch. He was flexible and willing to tweak things when we wanted a change here and there. He did all the grading in our yard, and between piles of rock (dug up from the pool) and laying new soil, it was not easy–but he graded it expertly. Ray did all of the landscaping and lighting, and it is a true showplace now. He even made it look lovely around our free-standing outdoor shower with plants and river rocks. He built us a custom firepit, which we’ve enjoyed several times already. My husband can’t wait to cook out there. All four men are stand-up gentlemen. Don’s idea and design for our yard came to life in a way we could have never anticipated. Our only complaint is that we don’t get to truly enjoy it all until May! -S. Fliess, Ashburn VA, December 2015
Don Nesmith is a professional architect that brings many years of experience to his designs. He has tremendous vision for what can be done within a given space and coaches along the way to ensure your project exhausts all possibilities. His animated and computer-generated aerial views, 3D angles, and detailed drawings provide a high level of comfort that what you’re about to build is well understood and can be easily envisioned. I embarked on an aggressive timeline requesting a large deck, built-in spa, and large patio be done in less than 4 weeks. This included all deck lighting, new railings and changes to the patio dimensions “on the fly”. Don’s team of carpenters, pavers and electricians turned the entire project around in 3.5 weeks, with crews showing up every morning promptly and ready to work. I can’t thank Don and Land & Water Design enough for not only helping us realize our dream backyard but doing so professionally and on-time in less than 4 weeks. -J. Chireix, Oakton VA, October 2105
Don is a very focused landscape architect whose talent is nonpareil. He just simply “gets it”. His knowledge of design, married with his experience in construction, allowed our project flow seamlessly from start to finish. Don is very easy to work with and understands budgets, deadlines and client input. His concept for a large fire pit has become the envy of several neighbors; maybe we should charge admission! The stone columns, mailbox, and buff-colored flagstone have added greatly to the curb appeal and value of our home. It sure is fun to go to neighborhood parties and when introduced they say “Oh you live in the house with the really elegant landscaping, we love your yard!” I am confident we will receive a handsome return on our investment when we sell. In the interim, we will enjoy the outdoor kitchen, fire pit and elegant landscaping that Don designed on a daily and nightly basis. -B. Williams, Clifton VA, January 2015
Our project was a full landscaping of our front and back yards including two new water features. Don developed our thoughts and ideas into a unique master plan that fit our house beautifully. He then followed through on the construction phase, making sure of every detail. Throughout the project, he was always looking at the plan and making improvements and suggestions. All of his recommendations regarding building materials, water feature design and layout improved the end result…a landscape we are very happy with. -J. Williams, Clifton, VA, December 2014
I own Affordable Lawn Sprinklers and Lighting and have worked with Don Nesmith for over 10 years. He is an incredibly talented designer who possesses the unique skill set of understanding both design and construction. Backyard living spaces involve tremendous thought and planning, you need to consider various things ranging from topography, residential architecture, scale, budget, functionality, etc. Every job is different and it is important to work with a designer who has significant experience in both design but also construction management. Every job is custom and a properly designed and implemented project will significantly enhance your investment in your home.
I highly recommend those considering large entertaining spaces to meet with Don. His work is not only beautiful but is built to last and be timeless. -R. Libby, December 2014
After a two year search for a major Backyard Project Designer, my Wife and I thought we’d never find someone local that could create a design/layout that met our expectations. Although I was not familiar with Don’s Land and Water Design Company, the minute we viewed his incredible Website we started to get excited. Our expectations were well met. Don’s initial design captured almost 100% of our dream and desire for our Project. The incredibly functional linear professional design his team mapped out was an joy to see. And see is exactly right. Don’s team did not just come up with some half thought out concept that looked like undecipherable construction blueprints. No, Don’s team produced a 3D Mock-up of precisely what the finished product would look like. Don’s team knew what to ask and how to help the Client understand all their options and even how the different options would play against one another. More than that, Don personally has supported our project well beyond his design obligations. Don has monitored the advancement of our project, both for Design Integrity and quality of the workmanship, material’s used, etc.
I would highly recommend Don’s Land and Water Design for anyone who wants to work with creative professionals who can bring your building dreams and desires to life. A most wonderful experience!
-S. Noone, Haymarket VA, November 2013
Don Nesmith provided a master plan design that not only met our vision but also complimented the setting of the project without overburdening the budget and the deadline for completion. His ability to take a “step back” approach and listen to the client while at the same time “guide the client” to a result that perfectly matches the clients’ intended visionary image and use of space; is without question, second to none! Don, is a true professional to work with, and a master of “thought-provoking” conceptual ideas, pulling from the client and transforming such ideas, in what appears to be a seamless manner, from his mind to paper, then to completed project, is a work of art! -D.M Home Remodeling, November 2012
We hired Don to provide plans for an outdoor kitchen, new patio, and outdoor fireplace. Very easy to work with and he provided and excellent well designed plan. Very happy with his work and would highly recommend. -R. Riley, September 2012
Very Highly recommended. The project included a screened porch, pavers, walls, water feature, hot tub, fire pit, and walkway. Don worked with us to produce a vision of the project, then the details, and recommended a great construction contractor. Don continued to work with us until the project was complete. A true visionary and detailed architect. Highly recommended.. -W. Sharp, Alexandria VA, April 2012
From start to finish, working with Land and Water Design and Don Nesmith was a genuine pleasure. Don provided an outstanding design that was a collaborative effort meeting both our vision and budget. From the outset, meeting with our HOA’s Architectural Committee through construction and follow up, Don helped guide the project as well as helped us work through the inevitable adjustments that are made during any large scale construction project.
Always professional and always available to discuss any issues or concerns, it was a great experience working with a knowledgeable professional. -Reeves, Gainesville VA, April 2012
Don designed a full landscape plan for my backyard in Rockville. The project is in its final stages and includes a pool, separate hot tub, firepit, and golf green. Our requirements were that the look be sophisticated and that each feature be located where it would function best relative to the house and other features. Don “held my hand” (I need a lot of hand-holding as I question everything), and when appropriate, convinced me to trust his vision. At other times, our ideas were worked into the final plan. Don, is truly a design professional that understands environmental constraints. Additionally, Walter Santana, who implemented the project was wonderful. Don and Walter have worked together for years and each understands the requirements of the other, making the process so much easier than it otherwise might have been. When the project is complete, I’ll post some photos of our gorgeous backyard! -L. Stein, Rockville MD, March 2011
As an expert in the interlocking pavement and segmental retaining wall industry with almost 20 years experience, I’ve seen thousands of landscapes in my career. Don Nesmith’s eye for the extraordinary has landed him on the cover of my yearly 100+ page catalog twice (a feat never before or since repeated). I am proud to refer him to friends, family, and colleagues whenever possible. -Paver Pete, Techo-Bloc, March 2011
Very professional, great concepts and flexible to adjusting designs with customer feedback. The project was handled in a timely manner with direct involvement through the build out. -M. Fine, Ellicott City MD, March 2011
Don is a creative landscape architect that my wife and I have found to be resourceful and diligent in planning our backyard pool, patio, hot tub, deck, and golf green. He spent time with us upfront to understand our needs and although the plan grew in scope as we became more aware of what our backyard could become, we are very happy with the result! – H. Stein, Rockville MD -March 2011
We used them to enhance a neighborhood pool facility. At every turn, Don and his staff have provided us creative solutions to our restrictions and have provided us a design far beyond what we originally anticipated for our budget. Wonderful designs and timely delivery of design and construction have been the norm from Land and Water Design. We could not be happier with our choice of them over several competitors.
– G. Herrmann, Leesburg VA, 2012
We wanted some ideas that we might not have been able to envision ourselves. Land & Water Design really opened our eyes to some much nicer options. We are very pleased with the outcome.
– A. Krall, Vienna VA, 2008
Land & Water Design has been great to work with. I’ve been very impressed with the high level of professionalism demonstrated as well as the earnest, concerned care for the ultimate success of our project.
– R. Blankenship, Vienna VA, 2007
Last year, Land & Water Design redesigned our entire outdoor space. Don really listened to our “needs and wants” to create our own personal oasis from the rest of the world. We love our new outdoor space and so does everyone else who comes to visit! Also, the curb appeal of our home increased exponentially.
– M & P Robinson, Arlington VA, 2007
We were very pleased with the work that Land & Water Design did in designing and constructing our infinity pool in Maryland. Their work was consistently high quality and the resulting pool, pool house and landscaping is beautiful.
– A. Engh, Alexandria VA, 2006
We had a wonderful experience from start to finish with Land & Water Design. What intended to be a small project to improve our “curb appeal” eventually became a major re-design project that has completely changed the look and feel of our home. Our landscaping rivals any project that I have seen in any of my many Home and Design magazines and with the passing of each season, we are amazed at how the exceptional design continues to evolve and unfold.
We consider our pool and our yard to be an extension of our home — our living area has extended in a way we could never have imagined. If you are considering having any work done on your home, I would recommend Land & Water Design with no reservations. Everyone in the company was an absolute pleasure to work with — they became like family to us!
– H & C Masters, Chevy Chase MD, 2006
Land & Water Design turned our backyard into a wonderful relaxing getaway. Their choice and quality of materials were excellent and the team was a great pleasure to work with.
– S. Ragheb, McLean VA, 2006
After talking to some design/build contractors it was evident that what we were looking for required a level of detail and creativity that they (design/build contractors) could not deliver. Don and Mike quickly captured our imagination and showed us exactly what was possible with our budget and house. Not only do I take great pride in their design as I look out back but I am also constantly reassured that the investment in their expertise was worth every penny.
In fact, Land & Water Design’s work was so impressive that two of our neighbors had them do their design work too! I even had them do my basement design!
– J.B., Aldie VA, 2006
Jeff and I were flabbergasted at how Land & Water Design took every single suggestion we had into consideration and incorporated each one into a finalized design that reflects not only our dreams but totally exceeds them. The overall design combines a stateliness that enhances our home’s style with an organic fluidity that softens the house and integrates it so nicely into the wooded lot.
We love the driveway design you added and I appreciate the drawing of the portico since it helps me to visualize the final product. A favorite element of mine is the shape and size of the backyard patio and how it takes full advantage of the site and views of the woods. I also like what you did with the steps to the deck. And thank you for the bamboo and the lovely zen garden.
– C. Conley, Annapolis MD, 2006