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Quandt’s Landscapes, Hardscapes and Plantings

Quandt’s landscapes, hardscapes and plantings, in keeping with tradition, are always installed with the homeowner, quality and longevity in mind. Quandt’s Landscapes installs water features, hardscapes and plantings. Landscape designs are available. Peter also installs landscapes presented on other designs presented by the homeowner.

As such, all work is warrantied.

Quandt’s installs hardscapes, including water features, patios, retaining walls, sitting walls, various forms of pergolas, gazebos, decks and custom fencing.

Quandt’s also installs plantings. The landscape work that Peter has done in Colorado included a great depth of local and native plantings. Plantings by Peter are to work with the somewhat different plant material available in Oregon, while continuing using to work toward using Native and Local plant material in the landscapes.

Quandt’s residential landscape work covers the greater Portland area, St. Helens, Scappoose, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove and all points in between. Please inquire if your area is withing these bounds.


Water Features, Fountains and Ponds

Water features, fountains and ponds, as well as live stream beds all fall under the general heading of “Water Features”.  These all serve as both a source of aesthetic appeal, as well as sound appeal. And, as such, they serve as a source for “grounding”. The appeal of water features is also an energetic one. These become a means for us to shift our personal energy. They serve to defray the frenetic nerve and physical wracking we experience in our day to day lives.

Water Features have a natural ability to unwind us from the stress and tension we build up within ourselves. It’s small wonder that people vacation, or even spend a day, alongside the ocean, a lake or stream. The movement and sound of water connects us with the deep, healing energy of nature in ways that only water can.

Native Rock

Personalizing a water feature to fit your space and intention is extremely important. Attempting to fit something too large for an area will overwhelm the space and feel obtrusive, rather than a benefit.


Adding a water feature that is too small for the space leaves us actually straining to hear the sound, to enjoy the energy. As well, the volume of water can be too much, or too little to fully serve as a means for grounding and calm.

Natural Stream

Location and direction of flow are equally important in placement of water features and the benefits received from them. I’ve found it all too common to be invited in to upgrade a feature, previously installed, that just isn’t giving the homeowners the effect they were hoping for. All too often one of the first suggestions I have to make is to rebuild or turn the flow of the water. This in order that it send its effect and sound toward the direction that it will most likely be observed.

For Grandparents and Grandkids

The location in a yard is also determined by the observation point. It serves no one if in order to enjoy the sound of the water we have to purposely drag a chair out to the source. Keep in mind multiple observation points. I once reinstalled an existing water feature so that the main falls and sound were facing the adjacent patio, as well as the second story kitchen window and the third story bedrooms.

Swimming Pond

The rock and materials chosen for a water feature should be selected to reflect the local conditions, the effect we are attempting to create, and the function of the device. Keep the natural appeal, as much as possible. A simple pond, pondless water feature, streambed, swimming hole, or spring should appear as naturally occurring as possible.

Natural hillside

Make it work for you.

Peter J Quandt

It’s officially winter

It’s officially winter, here in northwest Oregon. Of course, that means the rains have moved in. While this season can be a bit on the muddy side, there are still some projects that can be initiated and completed. Sometimes, dancing between the really rainy days can stretch out the projects a little longer. However, this is a very good time to both set up projects for when the weather breaks, and to slip some work in, when the rain isn’t looking.
Give a call – 503-939-5643, or email peter@quandtslandscapes.com, to set up a time to get together and plan.
Hardscapes, walls, patios, even wood structures can be completed before spring, to enjoy before the outdoor season really even starts.