About

Urban Oasis was formed by landscape architects, Carrie Culp and Trevor Daley in 2010 after working together for many years. The company was born out of a belief homeowners are looking to invest in their homes for their own enjoyment as well as for a long-term increase in the value of their property. We bring expertise in all aspects of landscape design and construction including outdoor structures, kitchens and fireplaces.

Over the years, Carrie and Trevor have developed a specialization in outdoor structures that increase the usability of Seattle area properties. Together, as Urban Oasis, they have designed and built many different styles of outdoor rooms, gardens and spaces of all kinds.

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Carrie Culp

Landscape Architect & Project Manager, PLA, ASLA

Carrie earned her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. With over twenty years invested in design and project management, she draws her inspiration from her experience in many aspects of the profession including residential design/build, wetland mitigation and restoration, parks, urban spaces, exhibits and educational facilities, and master planning projects. Carrie currently works on a range of custom residential projects and enjoys helping clients realize their visions for their outdoor spaces.

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Trevor Daley

Field Supervisor and Quality Control Manager

Trevor is on-site at our projects daily to oversee our crews and assure that our designs are being installed per plan. His vast knowledge of construction, creativity, and attention to design detail give our clients’ spaces uniqueness and style. It is Trevor’s expertise that allows Urban Oasis to build anything that our clients desire. His favorite construction projects are outdoor rooms – covered spaces that may include a kitchen or outdoor fireplace – that extend the amount of time his clients can spend outdoors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are people looking for in outdoor home designs these days?

A: In the Seattle metropolitan area, among the biggest trends in outdoor living is the covered outdoor room. More and more, homeowners are looking to extend the time they can spend outside – and a covered structure with heaters or a fireplace adds value to the home and creates a three season room for the enjoyment of the homeowner. Attached, covered outdoor spaces also add square footage to the home for resale. Often outdoor kitchens with plenty of open counter space are incorporated so that homeowners can grill outside all year long and easily entertain in our beautiful Pacific Northwest summers.

Q: What does a well-designed outdoor space look like?

A: A modern outdoor space has details that coordinate with and compliment the architecture of the home. When a landscape architect incorporates both architectural details from the home as well as the design aesthetic of the homeowner, a well-designed outdoor space will flow from inside to out seamlessly.

Elements of a well-designed outdoor space include ample room for entertaining; focal points including specimen trees, water features and even outdoor sculpture; plantings that soften hardscaped areas; and in the Pacific Northwest in particular, areas to seek cover in the rain and stay warm seasonally. For sloped lots, retaining walls can create more space and turn unusable slopes into highly usable spaces.

Q: What’s Urban Oasis’ philosophy?

A: At Urban Oasis, our goal is to create unique outdoor spaces for each of our clients based upon their personal style and the overall architectural character of their home. We are not a company that designs in one style – we meet each of our clients at their home for each appointment to take cues from its architecture and also to understand our clients’ tastes in decorating. We begin our design process by exploring function and layout of space based on our client’s project goals. We then refine the material palette through the design process, with our clients’ input, to achieve the perfect look and feel. Our company is proud that each of our designs has a unique quality that reflects our clients’ needs and aesthetics. Increasing the value and enjoyment of our client’s homes is key to our design success. Each project is designed to increase our client’s use and enjoyment of their outdoor spaces, and to be an investment in the overall value of their home.

Q: What makes Urban Oasis unique?

A: Urban Oasis’ partners, Carrie Culp and Trevor Daley, have a long history of working together that is shared with many of their employees. Both partners are involved in every aspect of the project – from the initial design work through the final day of construction. Carrie and Trevor work together to ensure that the materials selection and quality of construction is at the highest level. We strive to keep our clients informed throughout both design and construction. Working in this way, our design and construction process is nimble and can accommodate changes as necessary to improve any aspect of the design and construction process.

Q: How has your process changed as technology has advanced?

A: Our practice grows and changes with new innovations in products (like lighting, decking, heat sources, etc.). It is important to Urban Oasis that we offer the greatest variety of quality, up-to-date, sustainable products as possible. We also grow with new technologies in drawing and presentation software. We are aware that most people do not read architectural plans regularly and strive to find new ways of conveying our design ideas simply and easily to our clients, so that they can envision options for their new spaces from the beginning of the design process.

Q: What’s it like to see a project come together in the final stages?

A: Our entire team at Urban Oasis gets excited when a project is complete. It is a privilege to work through the design and construction of our clients’ projects and to see them come to life from the ground up. We consider our construction employees craftsmen – and, like the owners of our company, they strive for the highest level of perfection in the projects the build and create. At the end of the day, seeing our clients use and enjoy their outdoor rooms is a wonderful reward from our work that never gets old.

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