Landscape Features

We can create and combine any designs to make your outdoor space come to life

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Browse our landscape features and let us know what appeals to your landscape palette.

Whether you’re looking to design a dry creek that creates a habitat for pollinators, a stone staircase that adds both function and elegance to your landscape, or a flower bed that brings color to your garden throughout the seasons, we know you’ll like what you see and can work with you to make the possibilities into realities.

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With 40+ years of experience in landscape Design, Design Build and Landscape Architecture the team at James Martin Associates is here to help you with whatever Landscape dream you may have. 

Whether you’re looking to design a pool, water feature, patio, deck, dry creek or retaining wall we are here to help make your dream a reality. With 40+ Years of experience in the Chicago land area our team of Landscape Architects and Landscape designers have a wide range of experience working with various types of homes, and projects. As one of the most highly awarded Landscape Architecture companies in the Chicago land area we have the experience and track record for whatever you want. James Martin Associates also focused on safety and is highly awarded for our high demands of safety and training for our teams so you will rest assured while we are working on your project both you, your home and our team will be working safely.

Our Landscape Design Services include

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Decks & Patio Installation

Upgrade your outdoor living area with a unique and stunning patio. From simple concrete to colorful flagstone, patios offer a wide variety of options to give your home the outdoor gathering space it deserves for hosting family and friends. 

Whether adding a stylish paved pool patio or enhancing your outdoor entertaining area with a composite or wood deck, our expert patio builders will work with you every step of the way. From the initial meeting through to the finished landscape architecture project, the team at James Martin Associates will ensure your new patio fits your lifestyle.

Design the outdoor space of your dreams today. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our registered landscape designers to get started.

Pools, Spas & Water Features

Design the outdoor oasis of your dreams. From a simple rectangular pool to hot tubs or waterfalls our pool and spa team will work with you every step of the way from the initial meeting through the finished project. With 40+ years of experience in landscape architecture, designing and installing pools we assure you that you will love the finished design.

Our registered landscape architects and designers will provide you with a complimentary consultation for your swimming pool and hot tub project. Transform your outdoor living area with an outdoor pool or spa.

Fire Pits & Fireplaces

Cozy up by your backyard fire pit throughout the cooler Chicago seasons, or create a retreat to stay warm on crisp spring and autumn nights. An outdoor firepit or fireplace  allows you to relax and entertain guests outside all year round, no matter what the season! With the seasons weather in Chicago a fire pit is an addition homeowners use year round and love! 


With 40+ years of Landscape Architecture experience working with our clients and listening to their goals and desires we will partner with you creating the outdoor space of your dreams. Our landscaping designers will work with you every step of the way to choose the outdoor fire pit or fireplace that fits your personal style and needs.

Whether you want to sip a glass of wine with friends, cook marshmallows over the fire, or grill your favorite foods, you’ll discover that a fire pit or fireplace makes every season enjoyable.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Creating an outdoor living space for your home is one of the most common requests we receive. Especially during these days when people are spending more and more time at home, entertaining family and small groups of friends with outdoor dining, entertaining and living spaces is a common needs for our clients. 

Now more than ever, outdoor living spaces are an important part of what we do at James Martin Associates, when we partner with clients on designing and installing the landscape of their dreams. Whether you want to create an entire outdoor kitchen, or living space for entertaining, or a fire pit or a BBQ, there is something for everyone when considering how to add more outdoor spaces to your existing landscape.

Our team of professional landscape designers will help you build your dream outdoor space. Please contact the team at James Martin Associates to learn more about how we can help design and install the Outdoor Living Space or Outdoor Kitchen of your dreams.

Outdoor Structures

Outdoor structures are an important element to your Landscape Design as many features will help compliment your home while also adding both functionality and architectural interest.  Some outdoor structures to consider for your home’s Landscape include:

  • Covered Patio allowing more coverage year-round and protection from the natural Chicago elements
  • Pergola’s adding shade and interest to an outdoor patio or seating area


Outdoor Kitchens. From a simple barbecue grill to a custom built outdoor kitchen that will transform your outdoor living area,  James Martin Associates works with our clients to create the outdoor kitchen of their dreams. Outdoor kitchens allow you to eat dinner with your family outside, sip a glass of wine with a friend, or throw a party for the neighborhood. However you choose to use your outdoor kitchen, it will add versatility and possibility to your lifestyle.


Our  team of designers is on hand to help you build your dream outdoor kitchen. As you start planning your new outdoor kitchen installation, there are a few design elements to consider:

  • Kitchen island
  • Grill or BBQ
  • Pergola: great for both decor and functional purposes as it can help protect against nature during rainy, warm or snowy weather and also adds some great interest architecturally to your outdoor kitchen design
  • Bar: outdoor bars are great for when you’re watching sports outside or summer entertaining, whether you want cool beverages for the kids or the adults
  • Pizza oven: many of our clients who really enjoy cooking have opted for an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven

Visit our Outdoor Kitchens Services page here to learn more about the full design process of your Outdoor Kitchen or Outdoor Living Space. 

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