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NEW YORK'S FINEST LANDSCAPE DESIGNER TRANSFORMING SUBURBAN HOMES AND URBAN DWELLINGS
The standard approach to transform a home, its landscape or an apartment has not changed in the last 60 years.
Steve Griggs realized this was an unacceptable approach; wasting time, money and resources.
He decided it was time for a change
Our Project Management System makes it easy to keep track of everything in one place, from anywhere.
ONE POINT OF CONTACT
Our systems reduce overall communications while drastically increasing the speed and quality of all projects.
UNWIND AND RECONNECT
We provide an additional layer of management to monitor and control projects right herein New York City.
FROM RESIDENTIAL TO URBAN
Lobby Renovations, Rooftop Gardens, Landscape Architecture and Design, Complete Construction Management Services.
FROM RESIDENTIAL RETREATS TO AN URBAN OASIS, NOBODY MANAGES YOUR PROJECT MORE KNOWLEDGEABLY
But Don't Just Take Our Word For It...
Better Than You Ever Hoped
Steve transformed our property, from the trees and plantings to landscape lighting and huge stone steps! He really listens to what the customer wants and has innovative ideas to make the outcome better than you ever hoped it could be!sdanaher14
Steve Griggs completely remodeled our outdoor space. His services included design and installation of deck, planters, lighting, irrigation and landscaping. Steve was competitively priced, easy to work with, efficient and responsive. The project was completed on time and within budget. We now have a beautiful outdoor space that is maintenance free.calbstein
The Results are Spectacular.
Steve Griggs was recommended by a landscape designer in Orange County for the landscape design of a 5900 sf "spec" house that we were building in Westchester. He did a rather complex job in two days, at a price that was quite competitive.
The results are spectacular. It's impossible to go by the new house and not smile with delight. And of course, that's how we want all our prospective buyers to begin their tour of the property!leonsutton
Working with Steve Griggs and his team is an absolute pleasure. As a site/civil engineer who relies on quick response time to meet client needs, I know I can count on Steve to get back to me immediately on any inquiry. I am also very impressed with his design plans and he has a great eye for landscape architecture and how it compliments a site plan. I have also had several construction meetings with Steve in the field and he is always quick with alternative and creative solutions to the problems. I would highly recommend Steve and his team to anyone.Jesse Cokeley
A Summer Heaven
Steve Griggs changed my boring but important terrace into a summer heaven of grasses, complete with lighting that enhanced the city's skyline at night rather than disturb it. Automatically hydrated, my terrace is fantastically and purposefully overgrown and a feast for the eyes every night I come home to it. Steve is cheerful, service oriented, guiding you with confidence rather than ego. I'm fortunate that he was recommended to me.enkroll
My wife and I hired Steve to build a new pool and patio on our home. From the very beginning Steve took the time to explain the process including options, scheduling and cost. Steve was great in that at every obstacle he was prepared and was able to articulate matters and guide us well. There is little Steve has not seen and dealt with before, this helped us tremendously. Perhaps Steve's strongest attribute is his ability to communicate both timely and effectivelyChris LynchClient- July 2005
Edge Landscape Inc has worked with Steve Griggs design for the past 20 years on projects of all sizes large and small all the jobs have been professionally done with a great attention to detail along with the homeowners style. Steve Griggs Design will always give you that personal touch that makes the difference on the job. Satisfaction guaranteed!!Edge Landscape Colleague
Steve helped get the professionals together and design our landscape for our new construction. He was a pleasure to deal with. He always answered our calls and emails and really pushed the project forward.E GreensteinClient
Passionate. Persistent. Professional. Working with Steve was what we call in the finance industry a seamless process. From the initial design mock ups and material selection to the flawless execution, Steve was able to make our dreams a reality. A phenomonal talent combined with a refreshing perspective sets Steve apart from the nonsense that comes along with most designers. A truly brilliant mind and consummate professional, can't wait to work together on our next project!dapperjr21Client
Steve is one of the best in the business. I would recommend him anytime. Large projects or small projects, I have worked with his designs and they are incredible.Fred PostColleague
We at srplay.com are providers of custom designed playsets for children of all ages residential and commercial. Steve has specified our product on several of his projects. Steve has been nothing short of a pleasure to work with. Extremely knowledgeable and creative with great idea and always available and very easy going. Knows how to get a job done right and on time!Henoch GewirtzColleague
Steve Griggs Design, does absolutely beautiful work! He is so creative ,addressing even the smallest details !. His pricing is very fair. You get way more than you expected.Melissa PaicerClient
Used Land Design Studio for our landscape lighting and plating project. This included a fence around our property, landscape lighting and plantings. Steve Griggs was able to help us decide on all levels of this project what would look best for our home. He was always available for us, and work was done quickly. Project came out beautiful!!lillypipClient- October 2015
I have worked with Steve for over 2 years now and he is a truly talented professional. His designs are clean and crisp and he is hyper-responsive to his customers and their needs. In today's business environment it is refreshing to work with no non-sense, honest and pragmatic pro. I do not refer people easily anymore being that referrals can come back to bite you but I would highly recommend Steve to anyone.Neave Group Outdoor SolutionsColleague- October 2013
Steve Griggs made our vision come true plus more.. We told Steve our vision of what we like our back yard to be and our budget. Steve got us everything we want and more with out going over budget. Our back yard was a small old deck and mud pit that needed drainage and now its a beautiful 1,000 sqft. patio w a 100ft retaining wall w seating and full fireplace as center piece , its like a quite resort that can hold at least 50 people comfortable. Steve did design and was our project manager threw out our job, so if any little tweaks Steve, was avaiable to sought out. Steve helped me with picking out stone to landscape Company, they kept to there time table and were a pleasure to work with. I plan on using them for the front of my house this fall. I recommend Steve Griggs to all my friends, family and business associates..imccarthykwClient- September 2014
John and Irene McCarthy
I had the opportunity to work for Steve Griggs at Land Design Studio for over two years as a Senior Project Manager. Therefore, I bring an insiders perspective. My involvement included working on all aspects of the job with Mr. Griggs a tireless worker and owner, who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Mainly because his formal education, knowledge and experience demands a very high level of performance and production on every job, on everyday from everyone. His positive energy is infectious. When everyone knows what is expected of them, it made my job easy and a very happy customer. It was a pleasure working with Land Design Studio and Mr.Griggs where I started as a seasoned professional but left learning much more. Mr Griggs is a professional in all phases of his work. Customer satisfaction is paramount. Which should be no surprise with a foundation based on integrity, honesty, reputation and a very strong customer focus.
I can honestly say...While I was there, we never had a customer that was not only highly pleased but delighted with an unexpected level of creativity.
Yes, I strongly recommend for all the reasons above and then some.
Bill Careywcarey17Colleague- July 2015
Senior Project Manager
Land Design was recommended to me from the company that built my house. I required some unique and very extensive design, coordination and oversight services which included: Building a 400LF stone wall with piers, regrading the property with over 2,000 cu yds of dirt, procuring and planting 50+ mature trees (10'-24'), procuring and planting 200+ plants & bushes (2'-9'), Installation of a semi natural rock pond, installation of a 20' x 43' pool w-2,000 sqr ft deck and 2 qty outdoor BBQ kitchens. The team from Land Design were among the most responsive and professional groups I've ever had the pleasure of working with. The end product speaks for itself and it was done a fair price that remained within the budget. They get my highest recommendation!!!johnlaganaClient- May 2013
Steve was very professional and exceeded our expectations. This was a non for profit project and he accepted without hestiation. He helped design a sensory garden for a day school with no funds for any activities. The kids have been enjoying it ever since and we couldnt have done it without him!
Joanne Castrojoanne_torres82Client- July 2014
Steve, and his team updated his orginal landscaping desgin that was installed over 12 years ago in the front of our property respecting the exisiting plantings and ground cover with a eye for creativity and still being senesetive to the budget we are very happy with the result.ericmcgovernClient- May 2015
I have used Steve 3x in my yard; back yard brick paving patio, front yard walkway and backyard landscaping (large area). Each job was designed well and he was accommodating with modifications that I requested. He communicated often and kept in touch during the jobs, even sent me pictures during the day so I can see progress as I was working.lizmargolis21Client- May 2015
I would highly recommend him for any job.
Land Design Studio was engaged to design and coordinate the complete landscape of of our rear property, patio and pool areas. We previously worked with Steve Griggs when he performed the overall landscape design of our home so this was an easy choice. Having a great past experience working with Steve Griggs, we did not even consider another landscape architect. The project was completed as planned, on time and within budget and receives great compliments from our guests. We could not be more satisfied with Steve Griggs' professionalism and responsiveness, Our recommendation made without exception.rontu59Client- May 2013
I contacted them for some ideas and an estimate for landscaping the front of my home. They came when they said they would and gave me wonderful ideas and new designs that I was very happy with...the estimate was within budget. The work was done when they said it would be and the landscaping was amazing.stccmomClient- October 2014
Steve Griggs Design gets you the full package! As an Interior Designer I can appreciate the value of an experienced and dedicated brand. Steve has tremendous knowledge in outdoor architecture and landscaping. He works tirelessly, follows through to the end, paying close attention to detail. He respects the clients needs, budget and personal taste and can transform a backyard mess to a true retreat with an oasis feel. I had excellent experience working with Steve on a spectacular project and look forward to future jobs ahead!Esther Benhamu, EB Interiors Colleague
Steve Griggs and Land DesignStudio were fantastic. He completely transformed and enhanced my property. He designed the pool, a beautiful patio, fire pit, grill, extensive plandings, landscaping, and complete drainage system. Stone work, concrete, brickwork, lawns, pruning -everything! Steve was also a pleasure to work with. He came in as a stranger referred by the real estate broker and by the end I considered him a friend. I was a first time home owner and he really held my hand and walked me through the whole process. I never once felt that as a novice I was being taken advantage of, and he worked hard to ensure that we had beautiful result within our budget. He even helped us find painters and people to help with projects inside (and would check repeatedly to ensure they were on task)! I would hire him again in a minute.lucaso4Client- September 2014
A pleasure to work with. Has lots of good concepts. No problem to alter a section that I didn't like. Everything came out beautiful . Project wAs landscaping including new walkways, patios, fire pit, several step areas, some plantings, regrading some areas. Interior and exterior painting, new bathroom, new ceilings and floors, new laundry room with closets and counters and new floor and ceiling.reesa_glassmamClient- June 2014
As the Director of a non-profit child development center, I cannot thank Steve Griggs Land Design Studio, Inc. enough for their generosity. We wanted to build a Sensory Garden for the children last summer and did not know where to begin. Land Design Studio came to our site to discuss our goals and objectives. They measured the site and took photographs during this visit. Back at their studio they designed an amazing space for our children to grow and learn through nature. Their scaled color rendering became our foundation for creating our new outdoor classroom. This rendering still hangs in our school as a piece of art. We cannot thank them enough for donating their time and resources to make our dream a reality!abogin13Colleague- April 2014
A Perfect Place to Build Memories
We needed something special because our house overlooks the Hudson and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Steve used the natural sloped terrain to create a beautiful setting, with a rectangular pool, natural rock walls and rock steps. Steve's design always compliments the house and the natural surroundings...a perfect place to build memories.Joe Lucin
We constructed a new home on a 3 acre site and were very specific about the overall look of our home. While we had our home figured out, we had no idea where to start with the landscaping!!! Based on a very strong recommendation, we met with Steve of Land Design Studio. Our home was only in the framing stage when we met with Steve but he immediately understood our vision and got so excited about working with us to design our outdoor space. Within a very short period, he presented us with a design that was above and beyond what we could ever have imagined. Steve's selection and recommendation of plants and trees completely changed the landscape of our home. Everyone thinks our landscaping has been there for years, it is so natural and so beautiful, and it is only a year old!! Steve was so involved and so hands on throughout the project. He got involved with all the other trades to ensure an overall cohesive look. What we now have is an amazing outdoor space, including a pool, zen spaces and play spaces. It is a truly special place in which to spend time. Steve is extremely professional and very approachable and truly puts his heart and soul into the project.Vivienne MurrihyClient- August 2013
Steve Griggs of Land Design Studio designed and built a beautiful outdoor living space for us. Our backyard has gone from " a missed opportunity" to an amazing complement for our home and backyard. Patio, granite topped island kitchen, seating wall and fire pit with surrounding easy to maintain gardens. Steve guided us through the process of reviewing plans and selecting quality materials that would be attractive, sustainable, and within our budget. His presence was constant as he oversaw the install, ensuring quality with much attention to detail. The project was designed and completed within a short six week period. Steve was great to work with and we highly recommend him.smacburkeClient- June 2013
Land Design has done a number a projects for my company ranging from landscaping, to lobby interior renovations and full unit rehabs. It has been a pleasure to work with them on all projects, as they are very professional, honest and achieve desired results. I highly recommend them.David DrumhellerClient- March 2015
I have worked with dozens of landscape designers, photographed gardens for all of the major magazines and for many corporate clients as well. I can say without hesitation that Steve Griggs is among the top designers and landscape installers I have worked with. He knows plants and materials, he understands installation and maintenance issues and on top of that he is always a great pleasure to work with! Rich Pomerantz Photography - www.richpomerantz.com. Metro NYC and northeast US.rich161Colleague- June 2015
I have had the opportunity to be the pool installer on a few of Land Design Studio's projects. Their ability to create fabulous designs along with planning full site installation is second to none. Time and time again I have been impressed with their creativity and eye for exceptional detail. One of the projects I worked on took extreme coordination of many different installers and tradesman and Steve had tight control through the whole process. Having been in the outdoor living industry for 20 years - I can confidently say that he is one of the finest Landscape Designers I have come across and I look forward to the opportunity to work for him again.Lee KindColleague- November 2013
Steve is a very talented designer , he is extremely diligent in his work, and his skills at implementing the design in a cost effective manner are equally as impressive.gary655Colleague- January 2014
No-nonsense Creative Approach
My co-op building engaged Steve to do landscaping and restoration of slate planters, which was a complex and challenging project considering the age/condition of the planters and the need to remove a few trees. We are very happy with the results! It was always a pleasure to work with Steve and I would highly recommend his services to anyone. He is an excellent designer and contractor, with technical expertise, no-nonsense creative approach to resolving emerging issues, and a reliable vendor. He communicates clearly, listens to and incorporates feedback, and goes above and beyond to make a client happy with the final results.Kate Townsend
Steve from Land Design Studio Inc designed a complete overahaul to my back yard including; pool area landscaping/patio, new yard, extensive landscape plantings throughout, rock walls, irrigation, fencing, integration of a natural stream into the landscape, excavation, and drainage. He was very creative and inclusive in the design aspect, and accurate in terms of both budget and schedule. Steve is very professional and thorough from concept to completion to follow up on any necessary day 2 items. He is very knowledgeable and will proactively reccommend a variety of options to contend with unforseen circumstances that naturally arise in large scale projects Most importantly Steve is an excellent Project Manager handling procurement and coordination of all materials and sub-contractors to ensure project is completed on time, within budget, and in alignment with my expectations. I highly reccommend Steve Griggs and Land Design Studios.lmbates2000Client- May 2015