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Introduction to Landscaping in Deerfield IL

Landscape design is an art that combines nature and culture to create beautiful, functional outdoor spaces. In Deerfield IL, one company stands out in this field: Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design. With its wide range of services and commitment to customer satisfaction, Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design has become a trusted name in the Deerfield community.

Discover Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design

Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design is a Deerfield-based company that specializes in landscape design. With a team of experienced professionals, the company offers a variety of services to meet the needs of its clients. Whether you're looking for a simple garden design or a complete outdoor renovation, Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design has got you covered.

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We offer every service needed to fully transform lackluster yards into enviable, lush escape spaces that owners delight in for years. Clients seek us out for the unparalleled breadth and quality of landscaping services we provide, from initial consultation through design, construction and maintenance.

Our customer-centric approach determines your vision, lifestyle needs and budget upfront before making recommendations. We take pride in our communication, transparency and project management every step of the way. Our exceptionally skilled teams then incorporate sustainable practices and building methods to create living spaces as unique as each owner but perfectly suited for the climate and Deerfield community.

The following comprehensive services detail the numerous ways we can extend and enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors through purposeful, nature-inspired design.

Landscape Contractor Consultation

3D Landscape Design

We utilize advanced 3D modeling software to create realistic visualizations of new garden and landscape designs. This virtual walkthrough of your future outdoor environment allows you to easily conceptualize changes and ensure the end result aligns with your vision before committing to the project.

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Garden Design and Maintenance

Our horticulture experts can design stunning, lush gardens that are customized to your property's unique terrain, lighting and uses. We plant and nurture native, adapted species and incorporate sustainable watering systems. Clients can also contract our green thumbs for regular garden upkeep services like weeding, pruning and feeding.

Deck Building and Resurfacing

Decks extend your living space outdoors. We handle deck framing, surfacing, railing installation and lighting. Our team uses sustainable, weather-resistant woods and composite decking materials to create comfortable, safe spaces for gatherings or quiet contemplation amid nature. Resurfacing restores worn decks.

Patio Construction

Patios fashioned from natural stones or masonry pavers provide a lovely platform for alfresco dining, parties or simply pondering your garden. We lay patio surfaces, integrate seating areas and install amenities like overhead structures, fireplaces or water features.

Landscape Lighting

Strategically placed lighting casts gardens, water features, pathways and architectural structures in dramatic relief after dark while providing security. Our lighting experts design subtle, energy efficient LED illumination plans with lighting controls to match any mood.

Snow and Ice Management

Snow accumulation presents hazards and blocks access to your property. We offer proactive snow plowing and de-icing services tailored to your needs so you return to clear, safe walkways and driveways.

Yard Grading and Drainage

For healthy lawns and to avoid flooding or damage, we re-contour grounds with proper grading for water runoff and install drainage systems concealed underground. This facilitates getting water away from your home.


Hardscaping refers to solid, non-living landscape fixtures like patios, walls, fences and outdoor kitchens that enhance aesthetics and functionality. We incorporate materials such as stone, brick, concrete, tile and metals into stunning, durable designs.

Landscape Construction

Whether you envision a stone patio, water feature, garden retreat or other structure, our team brings ambitious landscapes to life. We combine horticulture, construction and design excellence to create spaces as unique as each client.

Outdoor Masonry

We build specialty masonry structures from natural stone, brick or cultured stone veneers. Options range from practical (retaining walls) to ornate (outdoor fireplaces). Masonry introduces textures and permanence that pull landscapes together.

Carpentry Services

We construct custom wooden structures on site from decks to gazebos to fences and gates. Our carpenters integrate woodwork flawlessly into gardens for added visual interest, security, privacy or aero-dynamic buffers.

Irrigation and Drainage

Smart irrigation technology maintains landscape health while conserving water. We design automated watering systems catered to specific plants' needs and terrain. Proper drainage prevents erosion and runoff that damages properties. Underground drainage directs water away from structures.

Why Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design Excels

Ambitious do-it-yourself landscaping projects often stall when homeowners encounter complex permitting processes, restrictive zoning ordinances or execution missteps on their own. Even some seasoned landscaping firms drop the ball facilitating approvals or adopting environmental best practices. Wave Outdoors' specialized expertise in seamlessly guiding renovations from concept to completion sets us apart.

Clearing Hurdles Homeowners Face

Our combined decades of experience navigating regional requirements positions us to swiftly secure permits, overcome zoning limitations and align designs fully with Deerfield codes. We clear paperwork and regulatory hurdles homeowners face when installing patios, irrigation, lighting and garden fixtures themselves, preventing frustrating delays.

Flawless Execution

Precision craftsmanship forms the foundation of every Wave Outdoors project. Unlike inexperienced DIY attempts, our crews leverage sound construction methodology refined over years. Careless contractors cut corners; our artisans don't. They take pride in building right the first time, every time - ensuring many years of enjoyment.

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Sustainability Pioneers

Wave Outdoors actively integrates emerging green technologies and building materials into customers' projects. We also spearhead sustainability initiatives locally and donate proceeds to conservation efforts because healthy environments and communities matter.

Awards and Qualifications

Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design has been recognized for its excellence in the field of landscape design by reputable publications such as Houzz, BuildZoom and local newspapers. The company has received awards and qualifications, reflecting its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

About Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design

Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design rises above the typical Deerfield landscaper through meticulously customized plans to ambiance and functionality for how you want to live outdoors. But we also oversee every aspect of execution so you avoid contractor coordination hassles. Expert project management harmonizes all the moving parts - beautiful finishes, plantings and sustainable water features purposefully designed for ongoing delight.

We further elevate client experiences by transparency around budgeting and timelines accompanied by responsive communication every step of the way. The end result is a complete backyard with patios and garden oases merging intentional design with real-world livability through foremost quality craftsmanship.

Lasting Investments

A thoughtfully conceived landscape draws people together while adding value over time through more usable space and aesthetic appeal. Our clients understand this dynamic transforming not just their home but also neighborhoods and communities. We feel privileged to play a small role shaping the spaces where lasting memories take root.

About Deerfield, IL

Nestled 28 miles north of downtown Chicago along the North Shore suburbs, Deerfield offers small town charm with access to big city opportunities. The village of 19,000 residents prides itself on top-rated schools, historic architecture, natural beauty and civic engagement.

Community Character

First established in the early 19th century, Deerfield retains its quintessential downtown home to local shops and eateries anchored by a charming pedestrian area. Parks, trails and recreation enrich residents’ lives year-round. The welcoming atmosphere draws young families and professionals alike seeking safe, walkable neighborhoods with a sense of history.

Convenience Within Reach

Deerfield township strategic position provides easy transit around Chicagoland. Downtown Chicago, O’Hare International Airport and the North Shore’s quaint lakefront communities all sit within 40 minutes for work and leisure. Metra rail transport further eases navigation. Outdoors enthusiasts also delight in access to extensive forest preserves, golf courses and Lake Michigan beaches just beyond town borders.

Destinations to Discover

Visitors admire Deerfield’s historic aesthetic, from its brick lined streets to preserved architecture spanning different eras. The village pays homage to its heritage through the Deerfield Area Historical Society and its Historic Village. Families flock to public parks hosting concerts and events. Year-round shopping and dining options create central gathering areas catering to community connections.

Permits and Licenses in Deerfield, IL

To ensure safety, efficiency and compliance with zoning regulations, Deerfield requires permits/licenses for many exterior property improvements and activities including:

  • Building (deck, patio, fences, other structures)
  • Driveway/Sidewalk Alterations
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Sign Installation
  • Solar Panels
  • Tree Removal

Wave Outdoors is well-versed in local permitting and can advise clients on requirements for proposed projects. Their experienced staff coordinates all necessary approvals.

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5 Stars - Based on 34 User Reviews

  • I recently worked with Wave Outdoors on a project which included a new hardscape patio, sidewalk, front and back stoop, and drainage work. They were also able to handle some sprinkler head rerouting that we needed.

    Wave provided us with 2D/3D designs and Brian gave us a lot of different options and suggestions on our design. Despite being on the more expensive side, the quality and satisfaction were well worth it and the end result exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend them.

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    Jaime Sepulveda
  • We worked with Mary from Wave Outdoors for our landscaping project. She was thorough and thoughtful in her plan and consistent in communication. Mary earned trust by showing options that would have longevity- native plants, placing plants in shade vs non-shade, and watering solutions. Ultimately, we’re so happy with the warmth the design has brought our home, and we look forward to seeing it continue to grow.

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    Kristen Olson
  • I had two opportunities to work with Wave. The first involved developing a landscape design for a berm area in our development. Brian was very responsive and carefully listened to what we wanted for the area and our desire to use plants requiring limited care. We also wanted color in the spring, summer and fall. We were presented a beautiful plan and the installation was seamless. The residents are very pleased and the area is a great enhancement to our entrance.
    I recently approached Wave to help with a design for the front of our Florida home. Mary was so excited for the opportunity and once again collaborated and developed a design that is second to none. The colors, plants used and planned placement are outstanding. We are moving ahead with installation and the plan provided makes needed approval very easy.
    Overall, I can not say enough about the professionalism and competence of everyone on the Wave staff. Plus, they all are so nice. A great experience!

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    Robbie Bonn-Blech
  • Wow!!! We had a wonderful experience with Wave Outdoors. Wave Outdoors is located in Mount Prospect which was appealing to me to support local businesses.

    Brian worked with us from start of finish. He came and walked our property in the beginning and really listened to our ideas and also incorporated his own landscape design expertise. He walked us through his beautiful design and made recommendations for trees, shrubs, and plants that would be successful in our zone.

    Our curb appeal went up 1000%. While I have been out watering many people have stopped and commented on how beautiful everything looks. Some have even asked if they could snap a picture or two. 😎

    The crews that came in and took all of the old landscaping out, were here each day on time and left the area neat and clean when they were finished for the day.

    THANK YOU Wave Outdoors and Brian Dreher for helping to guide us with this project. It truly has been a pleasure working with Wave Outdoors. I would highly recommend Wave Outdoors for any landscaping design, installations, or any other outdoor needs you may have.


    Colleen and Michael Moreno

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    Colleen Moreno
  • Our back yard garden bed (partly in sun, partly in shade), along the rear property line, was in need of some landscaping. Over the nearly 40+ years we have lived here, we had randomly planted several lilac bushes, a few hosta plants, several patches of narcissus, some pachysandra, and a small number of ferns, but there was no unifying design. Everything we had planted competed with weeds and unwanted brush that had sprouted up around them. We had always wanted to look out our kitchen window and see a beautifully planned display of perennials, shrubs, and trees and finally decided to do something about it.
    We found Wave Outdoors and started working with designer Mary DiCarlo last fall, after we cleared much of the bed of unwanted foliage and installed a backyard fence to allow our newly adopted rescue dog to run free. We were looking to get a design created and the landscaping installed early this spring.
    Over the fall and winter months, Mary worked with us via several on-site visits, email exchanges, and Zoom sessions to finalize a design. Mary was a careful listener and tried to incorporate our wishes from the start, while making several small adjustments to the design several times at our request. Just a few days before the installation, when a particular specimen tree she had planned for us was in short supply, Mary made several weekend visits to local garden centers to find us the perfect tree. This was above and beyond the call of duty!
    The installation work was planned for two days in late April, but was completed by the Wave Outdoors 3-man crew, led by Rob, in a single day. Good timing, because the next day it rained almost all day, giving the plantings a good drink. The crew worked hard all day, doing additional unplanned tasks, such as trimming overhanging branches to make room for newly-planted (but sure to grow tall eventually) spruce trees, and also repairing some lawn spots from our dog. They also cleaned up better than any crew who has ever worked on our property.
    We are so happy with the finished result already, but knowing that perennials operate in a “sleep, creep, leap” fashion in the three years after planting, we expect the bed to look fantastic over the next 2-3 years as the plantings mature. The plantings were designed to be a mixture of tall, medium, and short heights, of a variety of textures and foliage color, with bloom colors expected in at different times in spring, summer, and fall. The evergreen plantings will remain blue-green throughout the year.
    We highly recommend Wave Outdoors and designer Mary DiCarlo for your landscaping needs (they do hardscaping also)! The entire process was well-documented with excellent communication from start to finish. Any small issues found after installation were taken care of very quickly. Initial and final payments were easy using Zelle, but Wave Outdoors also accepts personal checks and credit cards.
    Looking forward to warmer weather when we can be outside on our patio enjoying our beautiful new landscape!

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    Michael Jakubowski