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Our ComprehensiveDesign & Build Process

Take the guess work out of designing your outdoor living space so you know every detail will be exactly how you want it.

Our Comprehensive Design and Build Process℠ lets you see every detail of your project in true-to-life 3D before we build, so you can enjoy the process as well as the finished project.

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As experienced designers and masons, we use our process to help you avoid the pitfalls that can happen to Long Island landscapes so you can enjoy and expand your outdoor living space for years to come.

Our process uses technology and quality craftsmanship to remove the guesswork and subpar practices that can leave homeowners stuck with landscape features that don't meet their expectations.

In this step:

We define the project. We identify the features you want, how you want them added and what needs to be done to the property. We guesstimate the costs and guide you in tailoring the project to your budget.

We plan how we'll do the project. We review how we'll design your outdoor living space project, obtain the permits and build the improvements.

Key details:

  • We plan so you can add features later that mesh seamlessly. We plan the whole outdoor living space even if the plan will be executed in stages. We do this so when you add to your space, everything meshes seamlessly.
  • We include you more in planning. Most consults take place at our design studio (though some large jobs require a site visit first). Here, we use software, material samples and other items to give you more control over the planning process. This is one way our process provides more value for our clients.

In this step:

We gather information about your property. We capture the characteristics of your property like sun and shade, water conditions, slopes, trees and other structures.

We create a photo-realistic 3D image of your property with the improvements. We use the information we've gathered to figure out the best way to incorporate the new features and create a photo-realistic 3D rendering of your property with the improvements.

Key details:

  • You'll see how your outdoor space will look, with the exact textures, shapes and sizes, before it's built. Our 3D renderings are incredibly accurate. We spent years customizing our software so that everything is to scale and matches the materials and plants available from local vendors.
  • Our 3D design lets you make the project perfect before it's too late. Because the 3D design lets you see all the details before building starts, you can spot things you might want changed before it's too late. This lets you make the project perfect without having to rebuild it.

In this step:

Engineer’s review the plan. Once you’ve fine-tuned the 3D design to perfection, we create the build plan/construction document and give it to the engineers. The engineers review the plan and do all the watershed, lot coverage and permit requirement checks to make sure the plan is sound, legal and approved. The engineers create the CAD rendering needed to obtain the permit.

Key details:

  • We take steps to limit the need for changes. We involve the engineers when we’re designing, so there’s usually not many changes to the build plan.
  • We apply for permits. The engineer's CAD rendering is submitted to the town for permitting. We make sure everything goes smooth during this process so we can proceed through the build process.

In this step:

We source all materials. We source all materials before we start building so there's less interruption and delays.

We build the right way so it lasts for years. The industry today sees a lot of shortcuts. For example, it’s common to see 2” concrete slabs and regular sand below paving stones. We don’t do that, we do it right. We escavate the 12” of dirt, use the more expensive recommended aggregate and polymetric sand that supports the pavers correctly and prevents ants and weeds. We do every aspect of your project the right way.

Key details:

  • We build your exact design. By following the details of your final design, you get the exact features you want and expect.
  • No shortcuts. By not taking shortcuts, we make sure you experience the Autumn Leaf Difference℠ in every project we do: High quality, durable and to your specs.

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As a company that has designed and built hundreds of outdoor living spaces, we'll help you make the most of your property.

Our experience lets us identify the subtleties of the features you want and know how to arrange them so the living space we design is perfect for you. And because we've been installing these 3D designed creations for years, we're able to bring your space to life exactly how it's designed.

Common Projects

Call us and we'll design and build the living space that's perfect for you. Here are some of the most requested features that we build all the time.


Pool Living


Backyard Swimming Pool Projects


We custom design and build the swimming pool to best fit your outdoor space, home, and lifestyle. Adding a swimming pool often includes several landscape amenities. Proper planning and designing is our first priority.

Projects usually involve

  • Pool
  • Pool Area Masonry
  • Ponds & Waterfalls
  • Plantings
  • Grade Improvements
  • Drainage

Curb Appeal


Curb Appeal Projects


First impressions are important. Upgrading your homes curb appeal is a great way to start the charm. Express your home's personality and provide a warm and welcoming area to greet friends and family. We will design and transform your homes appearance.

Projects usually involve

  • Walkways
  • Entryways
  • Driveways
  • Planting
  • Landscape Lighting

Walls & Grading


Retaining Walls & Grading


A landscape wall is a structure that stabilizes sloped land. Consider a landscape wall system to expand your outdoor living space. A well-designed retaining wall can be structural and functional. Properly manipulating grades can increase your outdoor loving space.

Projects usually involve

  • Excavating
  • Drainage
  • Patio
  • Planting
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Grade Improvement

Outdoor Cooking


Outdoor Kitchen Projects


Dining brings people together. Enjoy the value of outdoor cooking and dining. A popular landscape amenity is an outdoor kitchen. We take grade pride in our custom natural stone outdoor kitchens. We design the kitchen to fit your lifestyle and needs.

Projects usually involve

  • Masonry Patio
  • Bar Seating
  • Outdoor Appliances
  • Sink
  • Landscape Lighting

Outdoor Living


Outdoor Living Projects


The popularity of outdoor living has increased over the last few years. Outdoor living spaces provide added areas for social gatherings. Personalized landscapes is what we do best. We focus on the big picture and your long-term plans to tailor your backyard living space. Our goal is to provide you with a complete outdoor living experience.

Projects usually involve

  • Masonry Patio
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Fire Place
  • Fire Pit
  • Planting
  • Landscape Lighting
  • Ponds & Waterfalls

Contact Us

Call us to setup your free consult at our design studio, where you can learn more about how we can design & build your outdoor living space.

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(631) 424-5544

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Our comprehensive design and build method is founded on the idea that a good long term plan makes for better results at every step of the way.

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Call us at (631) 424-5544 to start our Comprehensive Design and Build Process℠ and begin making your outdoor living space a reality.

Our process is designed to remove any guesswork during the design process so you can detach from the worries and focus on making your design amazing. It's a time tested process that's worked for many and it will work for you.

Our comprehensive design and build process makes improving your outdoor living space a better experience. If you are serious about doing it the right way, contact us for a free consult.

Excellent experience. We first started working with Autumn Leaf in June 2013 when we needed a complete re-landscaping of our front yard following the removal of numerous old trees. Lenny was wonderful to work with, both in designing the new landscape and in...

Lloyd Harbor, NY (Via Angie's List)

Lenny did a great job designing with differing heights, colors, and textures of plants, as well as rockscape and mulch beds. They did exactly what they said they'd do, in the timeframe we requested, and at the price we agreed on. He even had his guys do a little...

Huntington, NY (Via Angie's List)

It's planting Day! We are so blown away by everything Lenny has done at our home! It just keeps getting better and better! Thanks so much Lenny & your amazing crew!!!

Centerport, NY (Via FaceBook)

We could not be any happier with the quality of their work and service provided. Lenny and his team went above and beyond and we really appreciated that. We would highly recommend Autumn Leaf Landscape Design to anyone looking to upgrade their outdoor living space....

Centerport, NY (Via Facebook)
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Our Accreditations & Certifications

  • Unilock Authorized Long Island Contractor
  • Cambridge Long Island Paving Stones
  • Nicolock Long Island Paving Stones
  • Long Island Techo-Pro Contractor
  • Long Island Association of Outdoor Professionals
  • Long Island icpi Certified Installer
  • Long Island houzz Influencer
  • Long Island houzz Recommended
  • Long Island houzz Best of 2015 Service