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Landscape Design in Northbrook IL: Creating Customized Outdoor Spaces for All

Are you looking to elevate your outdoor space and create a beautiful, welcoming environment that meets your unique needs and preferences? Whether you're a homeowner, property manager, business owner, or municipality in Northbrook IL, Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design can help you achieve your goals with our expert landscape design, construction, and maintenance services.

At Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design, we understand that each client is unique, and that's why we offer customized services to meet your specific needs and vision. Our team of experienced professionals has the knowledge and skills to create outdoor spaces that are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. We work with you every step of the way to ensure that your project stays within budget and exceeds your expectations.

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Top-Rated Landscaping Services: Customer Satisfaction, Quality Work, and Sustainability

What sets us apart from the competition and makes us the top-rated provider of landscaping services is our unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction, quality work, and sustainable practices. Our team has over a decade of experience in the industry and has built a reputation for delivering exceptional services that exceed our clients' expectations. We take pride in being well-trained, licensed, and insured to provide the highest level of workmanship and professionalism, ensuring that your outdoor space is in good hands.

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Benefits Of Enhancing Your Outdoor Space

Landscaping services can solve many common problems and meet a variety of needs, including:

  • Enhancing the curb appeal and overall aesthetics of your property
  • Creating functional and beautiful outdoor spaces for relaxation, entertainment, and recreation
  • Increasing property value and resale potential
  • Improving air quality, reducing noise pollution, and mitigating erosion and flooding
  • Providing a sustainable and eco-friendly solution to water management and conservation

Our Process

We believe in a collaborative and transparent process to ensure that your outdoor space meets your unique needs and vision. Our design process includes:

  • Consultation: We start with a consultation to discuss your ideas, needs, and preferences. We take into account the property's size, style, and location to create a customized design that meets your needs.
  • 3D Rendering: We provide a 3D rendering of your design to help you visualize the finished project. This allows you to make any necessary changes before the installation process begins.
  • Installation: Our team of professionals will bring your design to life with attention to detail and quality workmanship.
  • Maintenance: We provide ongoing maintenance services to keep your outdoor space looking beautiful and healthy year-round.

Our Services

We offer a wide range of services to transform your outdoor space into a beautiful and functional oasis. Our services include:

  • Landscape Design: We offer softscape and hardscape design, plant selection, and garden bed design to create an outdoor space that reflects your unique style and personality.
  • Landscape Construction: Our team provides grading and excavation, drainage installation, irrigation installation, and outdoor masonry and carpentry services to bring your design to life.
  • Hardscaping: We offer patio, walkway, and retaining wall design to create a functional and beautiful outdoor space.
  • Irrigation: Our team provides irrigation system installation and maintenance to keep your landscape healthy and vibrant.
  • Outdoor Lighting: We offer a variety of lighting options, including pathway lighting, up-lighting, and down-lighting, to enhance your outdoor space's ambiance and safety.
  • Deck Installation: We offer deck design and installation services to create an outdoor living space perfect for entertaining.
  • Irrigation: Our team provides irrigation system installation and maintenance to keep your landscape healthy and vibrant.
  • Outdoor Lighting: We offer a variety of lighting options, including pathway lighting, up-lighting, and down-lighting, to enhance your outdoor space's ambiance and safety.
  • Deck Installation: We offer deck design and installation services to create an outdoor living space perfect for entertaining.
  • Pool Deck Installation: Our team provides pool deck design and installation services to create a beautiful and functional outdoor space around your pool.
  • Commercial Landscaping: We offer landscaping services for commercial properties, including retail centers, office buildings, and industrial complexes.
  • Municipal Landscaping: We offer landscaping services for municipalities, including parks, public spaces, and streetscapes.

Our Local Expertise

As a landscaper serving Northbrook IL, Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design understands the unique climate and environment of the region. Our team of experienced professionals uses their local expertise to create outdoor spaces that thrive in this environment, ensuring that your outdoor space looks beautiful and stays healthy all year round. We understand the importance of designing an outdoor space that complements the natural beauty of the surrounding area, while also meeting the specific needs of our clients.

Northbrook, IL is home to many attractions and points of interest, providing plenty of opportunities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the area. One of the most popular attractions in the region is the Chicago Botanic Garden, located in Glencoe IL, which features an impressive collection of plants and gardens that showcase the beauty of nature. Located just a few miles from downtown Northbrook, the garden is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in gardening or simply looking to enjoy a relaxing day surrounded by natural beauty.

If you're looking for a family-friendly attraction, the Kohl Children's Museum is a great option. This interactive museum, located in Glenview IL, offers a variety of exhibits and programs that are designed to engage and educate children of all ages. With hands-on activities and a focus on learning through play, the Kohl Children's Museum is a great way to spend a day with the kids.

For those who enjoy spending time outdoors, there are many natural attractions located in Northbrook, IL. The River Trail Nature Center is a popular destination for hiking, birdwatching, and exploring the area's natural beauty. The center features a variety of exhibits and educational programs that teach visitors about the local flora and fauna.

Another popular destination is the Northbrook Park District, which offers a wide range of recreational facilities, including sports fields, playgrounds, and bike stations. The Techny Prairie Park and Fields is another great option for outdoor enthusiasts, with a golf course, fitness center, and natural history walk that takes visitors through the area's rich history.

We believe that your outdoor space should be a reflection of your unique style and needs, while also complementing the natural beauty of the surrounding area. We take great care to design and create outdoor spaces that meet the specific needs of our clients, while also ensuring that they are functional, beautiful, and sustainable.

If you're looking to enhance your outdoor space and take full advantage of all that Northbrook, IL has to offer, contact Wave Outdoors Landscape + Design today. Our team of experienced professionals will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your outdoor space meets your specific needs and exceeds your expectations. With our local expertise and commitment to quality service, we are the premier choice for landscaping services in Northbrook, IL and the surrounding areas.


What should I consider when choosing a landscape designer?

When choosing a landscape designer, it's important to consider their experience, credentials, and portfolio. Look for a designer who has experience working on projects similar to yours, and who has a portfolio that showcases their design style and attention to detail. It's also important to choose a designer who is licensed and insured, and who can provide references from past clients.

How much does outdoor living design cost?

The cost of outdoor living design can vary depending on the size and complexity of the project, as well as the materials and labor involved. It's important to get a detailed estimate from your designer before beginning the project, and to discuss any budget constraints you may have.

How long does a hardscape project take?

The timeline for a hardscape project can vary depending on the scope of the project, as well as factors like weather and permitting. It's important to discuss the timeline with your designer and to have a clear understanding of the project milestones and deadlines.

Do I need permits for my outdoor construction project?

In Northbrook, IL, permits may be required for certain types of outdoor construction projects, such as decks, retaining walls, tree removal and patio installation. Your designer can assist with the permitting process and ensure that your project is in compliance with local regulations.

How do I maintain my new landscape?

Regular maintenance is key to keeping your new landscape looking beautiful and healthy. Your designer can provide guidance on proper watering, fertilization, pruning, and pest control, as well as recommend a maintenance schedule that meets your needs and budget.

How can I incorporate sustainability into my garden design?

Sustainability is an important consideration for any garden design project. Your designer can recommend eco-friendly solutions like rainwater harvesting, xeriscaping, and composting, and can help you choose native plants that require less water and maintenance. They can also incorporate sustainable materials like permeable pavers and recycled decking into your design.

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5 Stars - Based on 31 User Reviews

  • 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
  • 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
  • We worked with Brian on landscaping and hardscaping for our Lincoln Park townhome, and they did such an amazing job that two of our neighbors asked for his contact information and at least one of them moved forward with Wave Outdoors too!

    Our 100% satisfaction started with consultation on design for a paver patio replacement that includes a small retaining wall and various shrubs/ground cover in several garden beds in the front and side of our home. Brian pointed us to a nearby distributor to choose among Unilock pavers then coordinated three complementary products for the patio itself, the wall, and the wall topper. We are busy professionals and wanted low maintenance landscaping, and Brian's knowledge of good plants for our climate and lifestyle was spot-on.

    After an informative design phase (with two in-person appointments that Brian kept reliably and that also included some hand-holding with our HOA to secure necessary approvals), the work crew arrived promptly on the appointed date and worked quickly to complete the entire job in only 3 or 4 days from demolition/removal of the old patio to installation of all hardscaping, plants, and ground cover. We immediately had the nicest patio of anyone in our complex of 48 units, and the high quality generated a lot of neighborhood "buzz" given how visible Brian and his crew's work is for everyone in the complex.

    Our only regret is that we didn't go with the sprinkler system that Brian proposed at a reasonable incremental cost that would have saved many, many hours of watering during summer months. We would wholeheartedly recommend Wave Outdoors for any job large or small!

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    Pax Routson
  • We had a wonderful experience working with Brian and the Wave crew for our backyard renovation. We wanted a complete gut out of our existing yard so we could start from scratch. Brian started by providing us with a design and worked with us to make sure the yard would be functional, fit our budget and looked beautiful. The end result turned out better than we imagined and we have a completely transformed space. I would definitely recommend if you are looking for someone honest, creative, and does the job right!

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    Madeline Peterson