Designs By Sundown is Denver’s premier landscape architecture, construction and maintenance firm, specializing in high-end residential projects and commercial properties, with work ranging from downtown rooftops to multi-acre estates.

Founded by Denver native Michael Hommel in 1985, Design By Sundown’s goal has always been to combine the highest quality materials with a team of responsive, knowledgeable designers and craftsmen.

Our mission is to use innovative ideas to create distinctive outdoor environments. At every home or office, we aspire to exceed client expectations with uncompromising quality standards, strict attention to detail, and value-added services.

When you hire Designs By Sundown, you are guaranteed a professional experience with an award-winning team of individuals who will create and maintain your dream outdoor space.  After all it’s your world. Enjoy it!

To see more of our work, browse our design portfolio below, which is organized into four distinct design styles. If you don’t see exactly what you want: please ask. Everything we do is custom!

A modern garden emphasizes clean lines and form, with textual contrasts, hardscape materials, and bold but simple planting schemes. The plant selection is intentionally minimal, and repeated throughout the home’s landscape. Grasses are a popular choice in modern gardens, as well as LED lights to brighten the hardscape areas.

Traditional gardens complement a variety of home styles, including Colonial and Craftsman designs. Brick, stone, and cobblestone are used for walls and the patio areas. Picket and wrought iron fences line lush gardens, which include roses, lilacs and fruit trees. Arbors, trellises, and birdbaths adorn these home landscapes.


A Mediterranean design captures the feel of the gardens of Southern Europe. The lawn areas are minimal, and the planting consists of the hearty vegetation common to Mediterranean. Courtyards, overhead shades, and water elements are key design features. The building components—stone, concrete, and ceramics—create contrasts of earthy hues and splashes of bright color.


A Colorado native garden captures the feel of our state with rock gardens, outdoor fire spaces, and free flowing water. Planting beds filled with native flora are nestled throughout the property, along with evergreen trees and shrubs. Natural stone is used for the walls, patios, and walkways.

Designs By Sundown Highlights:

• Won the popular HGTV reality series, “Landscapers’ Challenge,” beating out two prominent Denver landscape firms

• Designs By Sundown has the most (over 50 & counting!) Excellence in Landscape awards from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado, more than any other landscape company in the state over the past decade.

• “The total experience felt like an HGTV show – the entire neighborhood got in on the excitement! Every step of the process was exceptional!” - Jack and Jan Cantrell, Littleton