Landscape is a family run design and landscape installation
company. Founded by John and Virginia O’Connell,
O’Connell Landscape has been creating beautiful
residential gardens in the North Bay for over 25 years.
John and Virginia are still actively involved in the
company, with Virginia heading our company’s
commitment to sustainability and water conservation
O’Connell is the second generation of the family
and leads O’Connell Landscape’s field
installations. With a background in Landscape Architecture
from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Michael specializes
in the design and construction of unique outdoor environments.
Michael’s landscapes emphasize the beauty of
natural elements, featuring the rich detailing of
stonework, custom garden carpentry and mediterranean
and California native plantings. Michael’s work
begins with a client focused vision, “I’m
not interested in imposing a rigid preconceived design
on a project. The best designs are those that focus
on the client’s needs- where the spaces created
and design solutions are practical, cost-effective,
design approach has been recognized in the form of
several awards from the California Landscape Contractors
Association (CLCA) for Michael’s design-build
work. His design abilities are backed by his extensive
in-the-field experience, managing landscape construction
projects of varying scales and complexities.
A Behind the Scenes View of
building beautiful gardens, as with much of life,
success lies in the details. While overall price is
a very important consideration for your project, we
want to give you a detailed overview of the 4 major
reasons why our clients choose O’Connell Landscape.
Detailed Project Management
All of our projects are directly managed by the company
principals. We enjoy a direct personal relationship
with our clients and take satisfaction in each project.
We have 2-3 projects under construction at any given
time, and each project receives detailed attention
while under construction. Typically, a member of the
management team makes a project management visit to
the site several times per week, and we have a weekly
progress meeting with the client to review installation
and design questions, billing, and construction progress.
Our Construction Crews
Our Foreman and Supervisors have been with our company
for years- typically 10 years or more. They are experienced
veteran installers and great problem solvers, talented
in multiple facets of landscape construction. Our
installers perform skilled garden masonry, carpentry
and landscape installation work. All our installers,
from project supervisor on down, are professional
employees who are paid a living wage, provided good
job benefits, and who we employ for the long term.
Specific Contracts, Change Orders, and Project Billing
Our philosophy when creating construction contracts
is to draft as complete an agreement as possible in
the most transparent manner possible. We make clear
to you the billable rates, materials, and quantities
of materials installed, so there aren’t misunderstandings
once we begin construction. All of projects have detailed
timetables and construction calendars, to keep the
project on time and running smoothly. If there are
changes, additions, or subtractions to the project,
we provide detailed accounting and Change Order documentation
for the work to be authorized by you - this avoids
any surprise moments.
Quick Response to Your Questions and Concerns
We work on a variety of projects with builders, landscape
architects and designers, and directly with project
owners. We consistently find that owners or other
members of a design team enjoy working with us because
we offer superior attention to the project details
and fast follow-up via email and phone.