McHale Landscape Design was founded in 1981 by brothers Kevin and Stephen McHale, who share a love of landscaping and the outdoors that dates back to their teenage years mowing lawns. From the beginning, both understood the rewards of self-employment and had the passion and determination to build a business. “Our goal is to be the single source for anything design-build on a residential property,” says Kevin McHale. “We provide quality goods, services, and value through the implementation of the design-build philosophy. Our creative, sustainable designs are enhanced by quality materials and superior craftsmanship.”
Before embarking on a project, the McHale team observes clients’ outdoor-living habits to make sure the design reflects their needs. “A creative design is futile if it doesn’t improve the client’s life,” explains Stephen McHale. “It is successful only if the designer listens to the client and transforms his or her dreams into a functional and aesthetic design.”
Instead of using subcontractors, McHale does carpentry and masonry in-house, which allows control over scheduling, pricing, and quality. The brothers pride themselves on hiring great people. “Our first employee, Phil Kelly—now our chief operating officer—has been instrumental in the company’s growth,” says Kevin. “We have a very little turnover and clients trust us to be creative, talented, ethical and determined to do our best for them. Good design and quality craftsmanship initially lead clients to us, but trust and confidence make them clients for life.”
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The outdoor entertainment space for this beautiful brick home in Potomac, Maryland, was limited to an upper backyard patio. The client asked us to transform the grassy area in the lower backyard into a grand pool terrace featuring a pool house, pool, spa and ornamental plantings. After the successful transformation, the client paid us a great compliment by saying of the new landscape, “It feels like it has always been here.”