Review Date: Oct 2018
Molly was fantastic to work with. She was easy to communicate with and fast to reply whenever we reached out. As a designer, she was very creative and had some amazing ideas for our backyard. She put together a beautiful design that was exactly what we were looking for -- but was better than we could have imagined! She worked with our schedules well during the design phase, was very helpful with questions, and was a great resource when it came to choosing a contractor. I would highly recommend working with Molly.Read More
Review Date: Apr 2018
Molly came recommended by a principal of a hardscape company and proved to be everything promised, and more. She developed a detailed design for my problem backyard and worked with me and a landscape company to turn a poorly designed backyard into an inspiring new garden, complete with a new patio, steps and walkways, a curved lawn, a complementary curved wall with a raised bed, and several additional beds. Her design included trees, bushes, grass, and perennials incorporated to create an inviting and comfortable new environment. During the process, Molly worked with me to make refinements that met my vision and goals. She obtained proposals from several contractors, assisted me in the selection, and applied gentle nudges and her experience and expertise to make the project both affordable and beautiful. She was a consummate professional in all respects. And she is a pleasure to work with and a champion of the customer.Read More
Review Date: Aug 2017
Molly did an amazing job on my deck. I needed a privacy fence, but didn't want it to look like a stockade. She came up with a unique and organic design that I get compliments on frequently. She gave me a photo album full of plants from which to choose to fill the planters and beds, and talked with me about the pros and cons of each. She was also great in advocating for me with the landscaping company when the tree they had given me had blooms that were the wrong color. They fixed it without any fuss. Molly is also a delight to work with!Read More
Review Date: Jul 2017
Molly did a fantastic job on our backyard design and estimate/proposal process. We couldn't have navigated through this project without her expertise.Read More
Review Date: May 2016
Molly was an absolute pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a landscape architect. We hired Molly last fall to help us completely transform our sad backyard in our 1938 Chevy Chase DC home. After several months of refining our design and managing the bid process, she helped coordinate the installation this spring.
We came to Molly with a list of challenges which she worked through with ease. We wanted a design that would provide privacy from our neighbors, address various drainage issues, work around large existing trees, relocate an existing magnolia tree, reconfigure an existing deck, and incorporate low maintenance plantings. We also wanted a lawn area for young children and a dog to enjoy. The final design incorporates a renovated deck, a lower rustic boulder patio, a finished flagstone patio off our basement, boulder walls, a dry creek bed for drainage along the back of the property, large trees for privacy along the fence lines and a lawn area with plantings all around. We also installed irrigation and lighting (which she also specified). The final design respects the existing nature around it and works perfectly with our older home. Her concepts were not only beautiful, they were also practical and low maintenance for a family with young children and no time to worry about upkeep. She worked within our budget and helped us make changes that would bring down costs after some bids came back higher than anticipated.
Molly was always responsive via email and phone and made weekly visits during the installation. She's a great listener, easy to work with and open to our ideas. We hired her at the end of the project to visit a nursery to choose planters and plants to spruce up the patios. She also gave us tips on furniture and accessories that she thought would help tie together the final design. We can't say enough great things about Molly Scott. We look forward to working with her again on future projects!Read More
Review Date: Apr 2016
We worked with Molly throughout 2015 to turn our small backyard, covered in weedy gravel, into a place to relax, eat, garden, store outdoor items, and let our toddler run around. This was a lot to fit into a roughly 15 ft. x 30 ft. space and we chose Molly due to her experience with other small yards. We’d seen her previous work, but were blown away by the creativity and beauty in the designs she developed for us.
Molly was very easy to work with; she listened to all of our needs and presented us with options that incorporated everything we were looking for. She chose pollinator plants that matched our desire to have a small vegetable garden and attract beneficial insects. She listened to our love for flowers and color and gave us options to have flowers blooming nearly all season long. She provided both a small entertainment area and an open grassy space for our son to toddle. She was even able to fit in a shed for our bikes that we chose not to immediately build (due to cost).
We did end up doing two designs. The first was our favorite, but we realized a shed location was not compliant with city code (our fault not Molly’s), so unfortunately we had to do a slight redesign. The second design was just as lovely, and we moved forward with it. Molly collected bids and managed the demo/construction process.
As we got expenses in and revised our plans, she was flexible and very supportive, giving advice about what costs could easily be cut by using a different type of wood or a slightly different design, and what we should not compromise on. The contractor we used will not be returning for any future projects (Molly called it from the start, and we decided to use anyway because their bid was substantially lower), and Molly had to have a few difficult conversations with them. She fought for us when we needed her to (such as having carpentry redone when it was substandard and keeping the contractor true to her design). She also provided sage advice on industry standards, helping us to manage expectations when necessary (for example, we had expected a high-quality soil in our raised beds, but she assured us that the soil was comparable to what most contractors would have used).
After the yard was completed, she sat down with us to advise us about plant care and flowers we could add in later on our own. Since the redesign, we have used the yard more than we did in all the previous years we’ve owned the home combined. We would highly recommend Molly to anyone seeking a landscape designer. She was professional, knowledgeable, and very talented!Read More
Review Date: Nov 2015
Molly was recommended by John Shorb Landscaping to re-design a small courtyard behind a townhouse that we recently purchased in Washington DC. The courtyard had potential but was a real mess; a huge magnolia tree had been allowed to dominate the area, pushing up the brick pavers in the center of the courtyard and presiding over a jumble of half-dead shrubs and plants that lined its perimeter. Molly was easy to talk to and went to work immediately on plans to revive this space. She was polite, professional, and anxious to incorporate our ideas with regard to new paving materials as well as tile for a fountain. She consulted with us every step of the way in choosing new plants. The final result is astounding. Each season brings new surprises and new scents. The courtyard is an outside room, a little jewel that adds so much to our center city home. Thank you, Molly!Read More
Review Date: Nov 2015
Molly worked with us to completely renovate our tiny urban backyard, and turn it into a lovely place for our family. She created a beautiful design, and found great contractors to execute the plan (they did excellent work, on time, and within budget). Molly was quick to update us throughout the process and manage all aspects of the work. We're so happy with how our backyard turned out.Read More
Review Date: Sep 2015
Molly is creative and organized. She has a deep knowledge of plant material and experience in site requirements and zoning. Our pool is beautifully landscaped with something always In bloom attracting birds and butterflies. I loved working with Molly throughout the process, from the design phase to the installation. She has great attention to detail and works beautifully with all the project professionals.Read More
Review Date: Feb 2015
I engaged Molly for a complete renovation of my backyard, and couldn't be happier with her work! I had a vague idea of what I wanted in terms of layout, but she was incredibly helpful in both making suggestions that would improve on my initial my ideas, as well as suggesting materials and other finishing touches that would really bring it all together. She took the time to get to know me, look around my house to get a sense of my aesthetic, and really understand what I wanted. She provided me her initial vision both in the form of a drawing and an animation, which really brought to life what the space would look like.
Molly was also great at working with my budget. She laid out a variety of options to scale the project financially - both by doing it in phases, picking and choosing what I'd outsource vs do myself, and presenting various options for materials at different price points. She was also very prudent with her time, coming in at or under the estimated number of hours she thought she'd spend on my project.
I retained Molly to help with the project management of my work, from finding contractors and soliciting bids, to overseeing the construction. I found her very helpful in navigating this, as this was my first major renovation to my home. In addition, when facing some challenges with the contractor, Molly was incredibly helpful and professional in navigating that.
Working with Molly was a great joy! She's incredibly friendly, fun to work with, responsive, and always operated with my best interest in mind. She also provided a lot of great tips outside the scope of my project, recommending plants, products, and other things as I put the finishing touches on my yard. I couldn't recommend her enough to anyone looking to create a truly unique outdoor space!Read More