Landscape Design & Construction

We believe that “form follows function.” We begin all projects by asking questions, and skillfully listen so your needs are provided for first and the aesthetics follow. By taking direction from you, the architectural style of the residence, and the site, we provide a design which compliments and reflects your individual tastes and preferences. We utilize design principles of scale, balance, rhythm, layers, color, textures, and contrasts to orchestrate a project that properly integrates and harmonizes with its surrounding combining innovative and functional custom design solutions with artisan construction and superb horticultural maintenance services. With our InEx-teriors service, we accommodate the fine points which include custom furniture, fabrics, accessories, container pots, lighting and outdoor video and audio. Our design and construction projects include patios and decks, driveways, fences & gates, fireplaces & fire pits, fountains, garden beds, healing and enabling gardens, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, garden structures, ponds, rooftop gardens, spas and swimming pools, stoops & steps, walkways & paths, and walls.

The end-result is a project that meets and exceeds expectations

and enhances the enjoyment and use of your outdoor living environment.

At Schmechtig, we have a four step approach:


We begin by scheduling a meeting at your property to introduce ourselves and ask questions. The key to any successful project is communication. We skillfully listen to your ideas, needs, desires, tastes and preferences. We view the architectural style of your residence and the site, discuss budget and share with you how we orchestrate projects.

Landscape Design, Schmechtig Landscapes

Design and Presentation:

Based on our consultation, we research, study, create and present a preliminary design concept. This design concept presentation is based on what we have learned from you and it is a basic plan. We illustrate our design concept through drawings, photos, and samples of materials we recommend. Once the design concept is agreed upon, our landscape architects develop the master plan which includes the agreed upon specifics and proposed budget. Also consider our InEx-teriors design service.


Upon agreement, we begin managing and directing the work with our experienced teams turning your master design plan into reality. Every plant, stonework, woodwork, pool, water feature, lighting and irrigation component is installed and in its proper location based on established priorities, timeline and budget.


This is the time you and Schmechtig have been waiting for, the end-result. Upon completion, we will schedule a walk-through meeting ensuring your new exterior environment meets and exceeds your expectations. The next step is for you to take over. It is time for you to discover, relish and enjoy your newly created outdoor living environment with your family and friends. Our maintenance division will tailor a program to keep your exterior flourishing.

The following services are provided by our landscape design and construction departments:

  • Preliminary Landscape Concept Sketches
  • Landscape Master Plans (which can be implemented in separate phases)
  • Landscape Construction Plans, Details and Documentations
  • Municipal Building Permit Submittal
  • Formal, Informal (Cottage) and Naturalistic Garden Design Style
  • Vegetable and Herb Gardens
  • Fruit tree Orchards/Vineyard
  • Prairies
  • Rain Gardens
  • Butterfly Gardens
  • Perennials
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Patios
  • Stoops
  • Retaining Walls
  • Fences
  • Fireplace
  • Fire Pits
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Entrance Pillars
  • Outdoor Living Room/Dining Room
  • Fountains
  • Ponds
  • Pond-less water feature
  • Water Falls
  • Hardscape Installation
  • Brick
  • Pavers
  • Natural Stone: bluestone, flagstone, granite, field stone, marble, sandstone
  • Boulder & Block Work
  • Concrete
  • Gravel
  • Outcropping
  • Seatwalls
  • Patios
  • Walkways
  • Driveways
  • Steps
  • Sidewalks
  • Retaining & Barrier Walls
  • Pillars
  • Pergolas
  • Decks
  • Bridges
  • Arbors
  • Lawn Seeding & Sodding
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Excavation & Grading
  • Bobcat & Backhoe Work
  • Drainage Work
  • Trees
  • Evergreens
  • Ground cover
  • Irrigation Systems

“We worked with one of their designers (Ling) on the landscape and hardscape of our newly purchased house on Sheridan Rd. There were challenges here as the home is historical, in a very strict zoning district and would require extensive appeals with the city of Evanston. Ling was very helpful in all of those hurdles and produced an outdoor front & back to reflect the beauty of the home and the beauty of the location. We are very happy with the results and couldn’t have picked a better designer to make it happen.”


Satisfied Schmechtig Landscapes Client

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Schmechtig Landscapes has been providing landscape services in the suburbs of Chicago (Northshore) for over 50 years including Lake CountyCook County, the North Suburbs and the Northwest Suburbs of Chicagoland.

If you are looking for a landscape maintenance company or landscape design build firm, call us today for your complimentary consultation at 847-566-1233 or complete the online contact form.

Schmechtig Landscapes serves the following communities:

Arlington Heights IL
Bannockburn IL
Barrington Hills IL
Barrington IL
Buffalo Grove IL
Chicago IL
Lincoln Park
Hyde Park IL
Deerfield IL
Deer Park IL

Evanston IL
Glencoe IL
Glenview IL
Golf IL
Green Oaks IL
Hawthorn Woods IL
Highland Park IL
Inverness IL
Kenilworth IL
Kildeer IL

Lake Bluff IL
Lake Forest IL
Lake Zurich IL
Libertyville IL
Lincolnshire IL
Long Grove IL
Mettawa IL
Mundelein IL
North Barrington IL
Northbrook IL

Northfield IL
Palatine IL
Park Ridge IL
Riverwoods IL
Skokie IL
South Barrington IL
Vernon Hills IL
Wilmette IL
Winnetka IL
Wynstone IL