Grace Design Associates, Inc. is an award-winning, full service landscape firm with over thirty years of experience designing and building world-class gardens. Company founder and lead designer Margie Grace is the winner of the 2009 APLD International Landscape Designer of the Year Award - the top honor in the field - for the APLD Gold Award winning project El Pueblo Viejo.
Grace Design's fort is distinctive design executed with the values of old world craftsmanship. Working in a wide range of design styles and budgets, the company creates gardens that connect with the unique character of the site, sit seamlessly in the environment, blend harmoniously with the architecture and reflect the client's aesthetic.
Every garden is custom-designed and custom-built. For each project, be it large or small, materials -- including plants, trees, stone, fountains, statuary, garden furniture, and garden accessories -- are hand-selected by the firm's designers from the top growers, vendors and suppliers in the west. The result is a one-of-a-kind garden perfectly tailored to the client, the architecture, the site and the environment.
Grace Design Associates gardens have been built throughout Southern California, and increasingly throughout the West, including the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Grace Design Associates is a leader in green design and sustainable construction methodologies and practices. Green before green was fashionable, the firm has pioneered the integrated team approach, working from the outset of the project with client, architect, interior designer, general contractor, engineers, specialized trades and other design and construction professionals. By working together from project inception through completion and ongoing maintenance, the client can be assured that the project has a green-friendly footprint, considers local architecture and client lifestyle, and maximizes building equipment, materials and other resources. A Grace Design Associates project is among the first eight projects worldwide to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative, receiving a two star rating for the Victoria Garden Mews project, a 4-unit multi-family urban infill project in downtown Santa Barbara. (See http://sustainablesites.org/cert_projects/show.php?id=36)
Grace Design Associates has been featured on HGTV's, "Landscapers' Challenge" and Discovery Channel's sustainable design show "Greenovate". ABC's reality show "Momma's Boys" was filmed at a coastal Santa Barbara estate with gardens designed and built by the firm. Grace Design Associates' work has also appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Garden Design, Sunset, California Homes, Garden Ideas, California Home + Design, Santa Barbara Seasons and Ventura Life & Style.
In addition to the 2009 APLD International Landscape Designer of the Year Award, the firm won The Santa Barbara Contractors Association Builder of the Year Award for Best Landscape and Hardscape in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012. Recent residential landscape projects have been awarded the Montecito Beautiful Award and Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards (three time recipient).
Grace Design Associates' gardens have been featured on numerous garden tours, including the prestigious Ojai Valley Garden Tour, the Garden Lanes Garden Tour, Gardens of Garden Street, the Parade of Green Building, Habitat for Humaity Tour of Green Homes, and Built Green Santa Barbara Expo Conference and Tour. Grace Design gardens have been the setting for a number of fundraising events for local non-profits, including CAMA (Community Arts Music Association), Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS), and the University of California at Santa Barbara's Arts and Lectures with celebrated cellist YoYo Ma. Grace Design Associates was the exclusive landscape designer for the Maison de Luxe Design Show House at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, 2011.