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We believe in the design process as collaboration between designer, client and site.

We also believe in building habitat and making connections to local ecosystems.

And also believe in people and the designs that celebrate them.

Working at Designs By Sundown is a rich experience where I am surrounded by educated and experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds. Our multidisciplinary team is our best resource!
Lily Herberger

We are driven by a love for the outdoors.

Founded by Denver native Michael Hommel in 1985 with an idea that nature should always a stones throw away.

Just living is not enough, we must always have reminders of where we’re from.

  • Founded 1985
  • Projects Located Colorado
  • Office Locations Boulder
  • Firm Size We have over 200 professional landscape architects, planners, urban designers, graphic designers, and administrative support staff.

Pictured Above – The Designs By Sundown team.

A family-run brand intent on combining a responsive and knowledgeable staff with the highest quality materials and best craftsmanship. From our family to yours!

Meet Our People

Designs By Sundown has been active in the community since its inception.

A volunteer group of employees formed the Environmental and Community Outreach (ECO) committee. The purpose: to review and select charitable projects within the community in need of assistance.

These three organizations very near and dear to our hearts include the Rocky Mtn Down Syndrome Association, LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), and Susan G Komen Breast Cancer.

Our Most Recent Events
Giving Back

Designs By Sundown has been involved with landscape projects to improve our community dating back to the founding days of the company.  The owner, Michael Hommel, believes in giving back to…

Landscapers Lighting the Night!

35 Designs By Sundown employees, family and friends (plus a few dogs) joined together on October 1st for the Light the Night Walk at Wash Park to raise funds for LLS…

Designs By Sundown Races for the Cure

What a great race and for such a great cause! On Sunday, September 29, 2013, more than 100 employees, family and friends of Designs By Sundown participated in the Susan G….

Becoming better stewards of our environment is part of our charter.

At Designs By Sundown, we know the largest impact we can make as a landscape company is to save water, save plants, and select and re-use materials wisely.

Our goal is to improve the world around us by enhancing landscapes through environmentally conscious means, using the following...

  • Reuse Reusing materials whenever possible.
  • Recycle Working with recycled products as much as possible.
  • Reduce Reducing water consumption and waste by using new technology and products.
  • Relocate Working around mature trees and landscape elements and relocating them when feasible.
  • Redesign Redesigning older landscapes with water-saving ideas and using the right plants for each environment.

Conserving water through innovative design and water-wise installation is standard on all projects.

Our commitment is show through our use of drought tolerant plants, efficient irrigation components and soil amendment practices that exceed industry guidelines.

We all win by being good stewards of our environment and preserving it for future generations.

Winning over 100 awards has been an honor and a privilege unlike any other.

But the recognition given to the company for their ethical business practices mean the most to us.

  1. The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce named Designs By Sundown their 2008 Small Business of the Year, a recognition of the company’s perseverance, innovation, and community.

  2. Designs by Sundown also has won the Colorado Ethics in Business Award (CEBA) presented by The University of Denver Daniels College of Business, in conjunction with ColoradoBiz magazine and the Samaritan Institute.

  3. Finally, the company has received the Better Business Bureau Longevity Award, given to a BBB Accredited Business consistently rated as “A+” for 20+ years.

Most recently, Designs By Sundown has won the prestigious Newman Award for "Best Landscape Architecture" in Rocky Mountain Region, awarded by the ICAA (Institute of Classical of Arts & Architecture).

Voted By The People

Parade of Homes winner for four consecutive years, 1998-2001, presented by the Home Builders Association (HBA).

Voted “Best Landscape Design Team” in 2008 by the readers of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles.

Voted “Readers Choice, Best of the Best” in 2002 and 2005 by Colorado Community Newspapers.

Additional Industry Recognition

Winner of two Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ALSA) awards.

Two CARE (Colorado Award for Remodeling Excellence) awards in 2005 presented by the Home Builders Association.

One of only eight contractors in the nation invited to participate on Rain Bird Corporation’s Select Contractors’ Advisory Board.

As Featured In the Media

Voted “Top of the Rocky” best landscape company in 2006 by the Rocky Mountain News.

Won the popular HGTV reality series, “Landscapers’ Challenge,” beating out two prominent Denver landscape firms; consulted on HGTV programs, “What You Get for the Money” and “How Much is My House Worth?”

Properties featured in local and national magazines such as: Sunset, Housetrends, Better Homes and Gardens, American Nurseryman, Architecture & Design of the West, Builder+Architect, Distinctive Landscape Journal, luxe, and Home By Design.

Craftsmanship: The meaning of life

A burning desire to produce a superior product/service because we see it as a reflection of ourselves.