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Serving Santa Barbara Since 1989
Landscapes by Davids
Landscapes by Davids recently transformed our entire yard into a beautiful and usable part of our home. From the first meeting David Niles incorporated our thoughts and the style of our home into his vision. He solved one of our largest challenges with a unique idea to raise a portion of the yard. This allowed us to create the exact space we wanted. Once construction began with David Boone, the benefit of the architect and contractor being partners was evident. The coordination and ability to make real time additions or changes made the construction process a thrill. The crew was friendly, timely and highly skilled. They were able to install all of our hard scape, including a large limestone patio, and plantings just as we envisioned. In the end Landscapes by Davids transformation of our home exceeded our expectations.
Landscapes by Davids did an exceptional planning, design and construction of our home's exterior gate, motor court and courtyard areas for our Montecito home. They were meticulous in planning and sourced the finest available trees and plants. We appreciated their expert knowledge on native plants and draught tolerant options. Their team and installation crew was courteous and professional at all times. They also custom designed a feature wall of Spanish style tile with complimentary water feature. This was expertly designed with careful attention to symmetrical considerations for tile placement and wall feature borders. Quality was of highest priority as they installed irrigation systems and also sourced planters. Our project was completed ahead of schedule. It has been amazing to see the growth and development in all of the plantings just weeks after completion. Overall, Landscapes by David greatly exceeded our expectations and we will look forward to working with them on additional landscaping projects. 6 Stars!
Landscapes by Davids did a wonderful job landscaping my yard--beauty met functionality. David Niles is a true visionary on design, but flexible, accessible and responsive regarding adjustments. I really liked that he could easily reimagine if necessary as the project proceeded. David Boone was equally good in his areas of expertise involving infrastructure, primarily electrical, irrigation, gas, overseeing stonework, etc. I've never had an irrigation system work so well! The crew was terrific, very hard workers. And I chose to continue with their maintenance services as well, who are also doing a great job. Landscapes by Davids continues to be accessible and responsive if anything comes up which is unusual in my experiance. Would recommend them to anyone.
Mary Ellen Hoffman
Working with Landscapes by Davids has been a wonderful experience. I interviewed many local landscaping companies prior to selecting Landscapes by Davids. When I met David Niles I was so taken by the fact that he was able to look at my property and understand that the landscaping called for being an extension of the woodland area that my property is adjacent to. His vision of my landscaping was exactly what I was looking for. David Boone and crew were professional and did a fantastic job. The project was on budget and there were no surprises. Everyone was friendly and fun to work with. I have two friends who are landscape professionals and they were both very pleased with the finished job. I highly recommend Landscapes by David. The experience couldn't have been better.
Renee and Howard Walker
David Niles and David Boone of Landscapes By Davids transformed our dirt patch into a delightful cottage garden. Using humor and professionalism, they were able to modify what I had envisioned into a cohesive flowing garden with flagstone patio, steps, and bench, as well as lighting, irrigation and gorgeous plantings. All of their people are meticulous professionals who were both courteous and helpful. They worked quickly and finished without going over budget. It is truly a pleasure to walk in the garden or eat on our patio amidst such beautiful surroundings. Many thanks to the two David’s and all of their staff!
I moved to SB about a year ago and I have to say it is a challenge getting businesses to respond. I was delighted that I was introduced to the Davids' and I was pleasantly surprised. Their work was creative, professional and reliable. The work was done in a timely matter and their team work professional, timely and did an outstanding job. I would not hesitate to refer or use them again. You will not be disappointed!
Landscapes by Davids did an exceptional job. Both David Niles and David Boone are extremely professional, very talented, and easy to work with.
From the initial conceptual design to implementation the project was a great success. The landscape crew on our project was skilled with a superior work ethic, attention to detail, and a courteous attitude. The entire organization from 'The Davids' down takes great pride in their work. We highly recommend Landscapes by Davids!!
Jim and Michelle N.
David Niles and David Boone, of Landscapes by David, created a beautiful and serene landscape that has transformed my front yard and enhanced the look of my house. At my first meeting with David Niles, he envisioned a more contemporary look to complement my mid-century ranch style house and give my long corner lot a more cohesive feel, which is exactly what I was looking for. From conceptual plan to landscape completion, I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and how smoothly the project proceeded. I love the selection of plants, which are all drought-tolerant, and how there’s a natural flow to the landscaping that achieves that cohesiveness. The Davids replaced the driveway and front walk with pavers that add to the overall look, and improved the drainage and access along the side of my house by adding a stone retaining wall and walkway with proper drainage. The quality of their work and attention to details is evident throughout the project.
David Niles and David Boone are very knowledgeable and professional. They have a good sense of design and are passionate about their work. Their crew is hard-working, skilled, attentive to details, and considerate. The Davids kept me informed throughout the project and would consult with me on proposed changes. And every suggestion improved the final product. They kept me apprised on the costs, were on target with their estimate, and completed the project in a timely manner. It was a pleasure working with the Davids. I am thrilled with the result and enjoy coming home to my beautiful landscaped front yard. I would highly recommend Landscapes by David for any landscape project.
The Davids are fantastic, the best landscape company we have ever worked with. They are talented, impeccable, and professional. They do what they say they are going to do, on time and budget. I cannot recommend them highly enough!
Hollye and JJ Jacobs
We whole-heartedly recommend Landscapes by Davids for landscape design and build after the incredible re-design and build of our new backyard.
Our backyard was a blank slate with many possibilities. Landscapes by Davids took the time to understand our needs and requirements as a young growing family. They listened to our ideas and desires and added valuable input at every turn. With respect to budget, they were great about recommending more affordable options while staying consistent with our desired aesthetic and functional requirements (e.g. recommending a pea gravel patio instead of our suggested flagstone). Ultimately, we were blown away by the design they created for us. It far surpassed our expectations in terms of matching our desired aesthetic and including every element we discussed.
We found Landscapes by Davids to be great partners throughout the process. When inevitable changes came up they took the time to meet with us, discuss, re-evaluate, and address the changes to our satisfaction on time and on budget.
Moreover, Landscapes by Davids had a keen ability to understand and anticipate our high standards in every decision and step of the project without direction from us. It was clear in working with them that they value quality, attention to detail, and doing the job right. (One example of their team's attention to detail is that we asked them to hang a wire so that we could string lights and they not only hung the wire but they also painted it to match the environment and basically become invisible). During the build the owners made frequent site visits and would make slight tweaks here and there that were always for the best.
Landscapes by Davids delivered a beautiful, and high quality backyard meeting and exceeding all of our functional and design requirements on time and on budget. We could not be happier with their work product and look forward to working with them on our front yard someday soon!
We’ve used Landscapes by Davids three times over the 20 years. Each time, they have been professional, timely and on budget. Their creative designs, focusing on indigenous plants, gave us a backyard oasis that we enjoy nightly. If need arises, they will be first on our list to call.
The Davids have been our landscapers since we purchased our home in 2012. They designed and built our fabulous drought-tolerant gardens several years earlier and had continued to maintain them at the highest level. So it was no surprise that we asked them to continue. Over the last several years, we've done some work, but primarily maintained what they had installed. Recently, however, we decided to spruce things up a bit. We worked with David Niles and David Boone to install a fountain, freshen up several planters and replace a number of overground shrubs and trees with new birds of paradise, bamboo, palms etc... Their advice, eye for design, flexibility and commitment to quality are top-notch. Their crew are all hard-working, polite and detail-oriented. The entire project was about 5 days of work but spanned 2 weeks due to rainy weather. Throughout, we were kept informed of the status and both they and we suggested slight modifications along the way. We have found them to be extremely professional, easy to work with and reliable. We absolutely love our home and gardens and recommend Landscapes By Davids to anyone.
After several years of looking at our dry backyard, my husband and I decided to undertake a renovation project. We selected Landscapes by Davids for our renovation upon recommendations from coworkers, and all our expectations were surpassed. David Niles created a detailed vision from our wishes for an outdoor space with barbecue/TV/dining area, fire pit, bocce court, raised garden beds, citrus trees and updated planters. Together with David Boone, they drew up a timeline and cost estimate for the project. They gave exceptional attention to our project, being on site most days and responding to questions or concerns within hours. They are highly professional and the expert suggestions they made provided improvements we did not think to include, such as expanding the size of the patio for a bigger dining area. They were extremely easy to work with, and incorporated our modifications as the project moves along. We chose an artificial grass that will remain lush and green for many years with low maintenance, and added in a putting green as well!
The workers were polite, clean and efficient. The work was of the highest quality. The timeline and cost projections were transparent, reasonable and on target. We are truly pleased with our new backyard and look forward to enjoy in many hours outside. Many thanks to Landscapes by Davids for all their work .
We first hired LBD to landscape our yard in 2007 and recently had LBD refresh and update both the landscaping and plantings. Working with both David's from LBD over the years has been great. David N. and David B. are very creative and incorporate environmentally sound designs and plantings; Their team expertly executes and brings the design to life. The work crews at LBD are always friendly and are hard workers. In addition to creating and executing a wonderful landscape for us, we have used LBD for on-going yard maintenance over the years with complete satisfaction. We highly recommend you consider LBD for your landscaping project. We have been and continue to be very happy working with LBD.
I have been working with Landscapes by Davids for over 25 years. They have done everything from plants to hardscapes, and projects large and small, on my 1.5 acres of property. Most recently, they have offered aesthetic and creative solutions to saving water. You will find they have an artist's eye, and seamless execution of design. Their crew is very courteous and dependable, and have been with them for many years. This summer I referred them to 2 close friends who are ecstatic about the results. Having the Davids do both the design and the installation, has saved me significant amounts of money, but most importantly, I have a beautiful yard that everyone talks about!
The Davids created 2 exceptionally beautiful gardens for us. They have vision, creativity and a sense of the environment and drought conditions. They listen to what you like and executed beyond expectations.
They extended a creek bed through our back yard, and it looks natural and beautiful, as if it has always been there. We removed a portion of our lawn and planted lavender fields. My daughters response was "Beautiful! What took you so long" I trust their sensibility and their attention to detail. whether it is choosing a plant or ensuring that each plant has the right water. I love my garden and loved working with David and David.
Sandra and Sam Tyler
David Niles and David Boone are experienced, accomplished professionals who completed our landscape remodel with outstanding results. The house is an old Spanish colonial, and we wanted a remodel of the long driveway, fountain and patio leading to the front door, as well as new plants and hedges in the front. These gentlemen have the artistic sense to put together an appropriate and beautiful plan with drought tolerant plants. Niles and Boone"s plan enhanced the "bones" of the house and gave it that classic Santa Barbara feel: and Niles' costs projections were right on target! Their workers are polite and easy to have around - we enjoyed doing this project and highly recommend this company.
Stephanie Wilson and Ron Unger,MD
We have a yard outside a picture window which had never been landscaped. We hired Landscapes by Davids upon referral of a friend (and seeing her beautiful yard). My husband and I connected with them immediately, and they created a gorgeous drought- tolerant flowering woodland garden. They built a low sandstone wall, a path through the garden, and filled it with grasses and flowering plants of yellow, orange, blue and purple. We added a teak bench, and have been enjoying sitting out there at sunset. The birds, bees and butterflies have already found our new garden! Both Davids were extremely responsive, and always available to answer our questions. Their crew is professional and always cleaned up at the end of every day.
We're really happy with our new garden!
Anne and Bob Patterson
We are thrilled with the work of Landscapes by Davids, from inception to execution.
Our project: envision a plan for our large and wild and hilly back yard to include a zen (rock) garden. David initially sketched a preliminary plan as the basis for discussion before drawing up a detailed plan and cost estimate based on my reaction to his sketch. In the detailed plan, he included possible plantings for each area that gave me a chance to react to those choices. When the project began, I was told that the work would take 4 weeks. In fact, it took 4 weeks less a day or two! We often had questions/concerns along the way and David was there often in minutes to discuss the concerns. He is not easily derailed from his artistic vision (about which he feels passionately!) but he is also very willing to talk about option and to listen. My husband and I are beyond satisfied with the outcome, which has transformed our weed-infested unusable area into a showcase. Thanks to the Davids for their excellent work.
Christine and Sandy Van Gieson
Backyard design and landscape is now completed in our Summerland home! The Davids gave their full attention to our project. Beachy stonework walls, flagstone, a sweet cottage gate, new deck, lighting, drip irrigation, drainage system, and an artistic choice and placement of flowering plants—The results are exquisite! We’re ready to enjoy summer in our beautiful new outdoor space!
Karen and Bill Degischer
Landscapes by David did a terrific job on our hot tub project, stonework and plant installation throughout our yard. They listen, are creative and know their plant species well. They’ve worked with us overtime to create a series of beautiful, outside living spaces that seamlessly integrate and fit the look and feel of our 1920s Riviera home yet also are more modern and functional.
We hired Landscapes by Davids to design our front yard after we rebuilt our home. They worked closely with us to address a concern I had about the front porch looking too large and out of scale. David came up with an excellent design solution that solved the problem. Additionally they listened intently to our requests and included all of our favorite plants and colors. When the work began we noticed how clean the workers left the job site and how efficient and detail oriented they were. Both Davids came by regularly to check on the project and make sure we were satisfied. Additionally, the price was very reasonable! I could not recommend them any more highly! If you are in Santa Barbara come over and see their work!
The Oblander Family
We were in need of transformative guidance on our property. While we always knew our property had good "bones", we were not able to concieve or agree on how to maximize privacy and convenience while maintaining our view. Additionally, it was always difficult for guests, deliveries, etc to find our front door. David developed a plan for receiving guests to our home. It may be my imagination but I believe the delivery drivers actually enjoy the trip from the truck to our front door through our new front garden (before there was no telling where our packages would end up). David took the time to get to know what was important to us and create a wonderful entrance garden for our property. The Davids and their team worked with us at all stages to ensure that the garden was coming along as we hoped. Their crew was exceptionally neat and tidy. The job site was well organized and the crew was very respectful of our privacy. I would definitely describe the job as first class and certainly minimized much of the stress of having a large project done at our home. We cannot wait to have then continue working on our property and would recommend them very highly. It truly was a transformation.
Zed and Peggy Reagan
We were referred to Landscapes by Davids about 12 years ago. We were told that they have exceptional design skills and could do anything. In the twelve years and three major projects (the last project due to a pernicious drought) we have never been disappointed. They have worked within our budgets, always been professional, and have been able to create such amazing outdoor environments for our family that we find ourselves spending much of our time outdoors enjoying them. Basically Landscapes by Davids was critical in transforming our house into a home that we love. We highly recommend them.
James and Lisa Aviani
After living in our home for 17 years and not being able to utilize the large backyard due to its poor layout, we decided to call Landscapes by Davids and begin the process of design and installation of a new outdoor living space. It turned out to be the best decision we've made as homeowners! Our backyard was overgrown and unusable when we hired LBD to transform it into a space we could enjoy. The end result is a beautiful Mediterranean-style garden that we could not have envisioned or created on our own. It has transformed the way we live in and enjoy our home every day. The Davids' approach is a collaborative one that is thoughtfully executed with help from their professional team of workers. We had a large arbor constructed over a paver stone patio that serves as a foundation for relaxing, eating and entertaining. We created a cozy seating area under the arbor, and it has become the hub of our outdoor activities. Low, stone walls were built, using existing stones we had on hand, to create a breathtaking focal point that separates the upper and lower terraces. The craftsmanship that went into building the stone walls was so artful, in addition to being a solid visual anchor to the space, they are just beautiful to look at. We liked them so much that we had LBD restore a low rock wall along the perimeter side yard that was crumbling with age. They have a talent for repurposing existing materials and incorporating them into the new design. Old wooden columns that previously supported a small pergola on the property were salvaged and given new life as graceful arches on the upper terrace, now draped with pink jasmine. Pieces from the past beautifully preserved. Thoughtfully designed planting beds contain many drought-tolerant, low maintenance plants. An irrigation system and landscape lighting were also included. Flagstone and gravel fill in the open walking paths. An herb garden for year-round for cooking gives us many wonderful fragrances of lavender, basil, thyme, and oregano. The Davids' expertise also extends to the finishing touches of a project. When it came time to select lighting features, a fountain, and terra cotta pots to hold succulents, the Davids were there to offer advice on product selection and placement in the space for an overall, cohesive result. They consider the atmosphere the client wishes to create, and then skillfully endeavor to marry elements of color, texture, design, and use of space to achieve a harmonious outcome. It was a thrilling experience to watch our outdoor space come to life. Our garden was redone seven years ago, but it still feels new, it still surprises us. We marvel at the changes, how it evolves, and yet is so wonderfully permanent. Friends and family who were stunned by the improvements have gone on to hire LBD for their own outdoor projects. Our home is a small, 1920's Santa Barbara mission revival bungalow, a little piece of local history. We feel by investing in the outdoor space we have restored it to its past glory and preserved it for future generations to enjoy. It was a pleasure working with a firm as talented and professional as Landscapes by Davids, and well worth the money spent. With our year-round climate in SB, the changes have doubled our living space and we use our backyard all the time now, still enamored with the design and all the details that make it special. Working with Landscapes by Davids will ensure our garden continues to blossom for the next 100 years!
After going through 6 landscape providers in SB over a period of 10 years, we have finally found the landscapers that suit our property and family. David and David are both very skilled and a pleasure to work with. Their focus for the first few months was on water and energy efficiency. Then after bringing the property back into a healthy and attractive shape, they made several detailed proposals to enhance the look and feel of our garden, while still keeping a close eye on the long-term efficiency of the plantings and watering. We are very happy with their sense of planting design. The weekly maintenance has also been consistent and high quality. I'm very happy to recommend Landscape by Davids as a high quality, efficient, and ethical landscape team.
We hired Landscapes by Davids, at the end of 2015, on a recommendation from our friends. We
needed to redo all of the landscaping on our property of over an acre. We could not have been happier. The Davids were very easy to work with. They listened to our ideas and felt comfortable to interject theirs too. We ended up with beautiful landscaping that turned out to be better than we ever imagined. We were very concerned about our water usage and they were able to put in plantings that decreased our usage by about 1/3. Their team of installers were very professional and easy to have around our home for the several months that the project took to complete. They left our property clean every afternoon when they were finished for the day.
We have hired their crew to maintain the garden and we are very pleased with their work. They have a staff of really nice people who take pride in their work.
We highly recommend Landscapes by Davids.
Amy and Lee Silverman
"I have had the pleasure of working with the David's on two gardens over a span of more than 20 years. The consistently bring my vision to reality and provide both practical and esthetic design. The garden is my favorite "room" and it is spec to share that passion with theirs while benefiting from their expertise. My gardens have won awards and been photographed for magazines."
From design to implementation to maintenance, Landscapes by Davids is five star. Both Davids are a pleasure to work with and the gardeners are respectful, efficient, and great at what they do. We get the feeling they really care about how our property looks. I would have no problem recommending this company to family or friends and I have already done so several times.
"Thanks to you both we have accomplished many improvements here at Birnam Wood Drive just as we did at East Mountain Drive, and we had a lot of laughs while we were doing it, as it should be. Michael Smith loves your plan. You need to come by and look at the landscaping, it is exactly what you designed and it looks beautiful. Your gardeners are excellent."
I have used Landscapes by Davids for over 12 years. The first project was a complete renovation of my back yard after a remodel. They did lawn, shrubs, a fountain, electrical, multi layered yard, brick and stone patio. And just recently updated my front yard with new shrubs. They are a one stop shop. They listen, and have terrific ideas that really pull the project together. Respond quickly to calls.
"Thank you for your work on both of our significant landscape projects that have included a large fireplace and fire pit, two fountains and a pergola. We can recommend you without hesitation! Your work is extremely professional and you did an outstanding job of taking your general concept and turning it into a work of art. It is also great that your team provides the follow-up of weekly maintenance and that you have been able to address even our minor projects."
Ted and Kim Abajian
We have worked with Landscapes by Davids for three years on a multi-phased hardscape and landscape project at our primary residence. They provided fantastic inspiration for our property and the execution was top notch. The Santa Barbara sand stone stairs, pathways and walls were done exceptionally well and the landscape design was exactly what we wanted. We have recommended them to many neighbors and friends, who have all been very pleased with their work.
Claire and Lars Fackler
"We appreciate how pleasant it was to plan this experience with you and to watch your dedicated work and keen attention to all the details which show in the finished results. Knowing we are part of your garden family is a relief to us and that our care and questions are only a phone call away from your advice and help if needed."
Winifred B. Bennett, The Bennett Family
"Although we have enjoyed living in our present home for the last 26 years, the delight we get from our garden is greater now than ever before -- and it is all due to you. -- We would like also to comment on how professional you and your crew acted throughout the work. It was a pleasure to deal with you. From the beginning we knew we were in good hands. The follow-up service you have provided has been of the same high quality. "
Glen and LaRee Wade
"It is such a delight to look out on our new beautiful new garden! - I appreciate the first rate job you and your crew did- very professional - and your concern for following through has been more than gratifying."
Genie and Bob Irvin
"We wanted to let you both know how pleased we are with our landscape. You succeeded in turning a mound of dirt into a little park with wonderful flowers year round. We interviewed many landscape companies and checked references before choosing Landscapes by Davids. We appreciate the time that you put into designing the garden, planting each plant, and your continued follow-up."
"With the patience of a psychiatrist, you listened to the woes of our garden. With the X-ray eye vision of a radiologist, you visualized our problems. With the skills of an internist, you diagnosed our illness. With the craft of an excellent surgeon and the precision of a plastic surgeon, you operated on our empty space. With the joy of an obstetrician, you created a beautiful garden for us to cherish. For all of this we are most grateful. It is a pleasure to have you on our side."
Robert D. Byers, M.D., F.A.C.P.
USC School of Medicine
"On behalf of Adams School's parents, students, staff and administration, I would like to thank you for generously volunteering your time and expertise... Your enthusiasm was infectious and we all had a great time. The feedback we have gotten so far has been tremendous. We could not have done it without you. We appreciate community members like you who support our local schools. "
Adams School Beautification Committee
"We loved working with the Davids, especially during the design and installation of our front and back yards. The care and maintenance provided by Jose and Antonio has been excellent in all ways. Thank you David and David.
"The landscape looks phenomenal. Again, you guys do a fantastic job. Thanks again for all you've done!"
Michael C. Linn
MCL Ventures, LLC
Couldn't be happier with the professionalism, the design, the service and the end result and the fair price. The garden looks wonderful now.
"Mike and I want to thank you for the outstanding design and implementation of our new garden oasis. Thank you for your tips and follow-up. We certainly felt we got our money's worth in care and attention."
Betty and Mike Noling
You came highly recommended. You do beautiful work and are extremely professional! Your design work and finished product is above all the rest! Very pleased!
Landscapes by Davids did an extensive renovation of both our back yard and front yard, including removing a swimming pool, hardscapes, building a pergola and re-landscaping.
We had them back a few years later to change the layout of the front yard to accommodate a more drought-tolerant landscape. Now, we're on the books for a partial rebuild of our pergola.
They are our go-to people for all of our landscape-related needs.
Great to work with!
Melody and Bill Evans
We are very pleased with the landscaping work done by Landscapes by Davids at our daughter's home in Santa Barbara. We worked with David Niles on transforming the front and back yards of her small Spanish-style home. The front yard had at one time been grass, but after years of drought and neglect was basically just dusty dirt. The house now has much better "curb appeal". In the back yard, they removed gravel which was hard to maintain and installed more artificial turf. They added some drought-tolerant plants along the foundation and in mulched beds. The work was done efficiently and with a minimum of disruption. We feel that we got good value for our money. David offered us an economical weekly maintenance program which we will use going forward. David was timely keeping appointments and communication was good.
We would recommend Landscapes By Davids without hesitation. This company has been first-class in terms of their customer service and quality of work. They completed a beautiful backyard project and switched our entire irrigation system to a drip system. The work done during this job was excellent. We had all of this work done two months prior to the Thomas fire. Due to the location of our home, the fire and mudslides damage several areas of the irrigation system and the new lawn. Landscapes By Davids replaced the entire lawn and fixed all of the irrigation burns in a one-week period because they knew we were hosting a party in our backyard and were under tight time constraints. This level of service is simply unheard of and we are so thankful for their expert work and responsiveness!
The Walters Family
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