Designs By Sundown is Denver’s premier landscape architecture, construction and maintenance firm with an extensive portfolio in high-end residential projects and select commercial works. Founded by Denver native Michael Hommel in 1985, the firm’s body of work ranges from contemporary downtown rooftops to multi-acre estates.
Michael started the company intent on combining a responsive and knowledgeable staff with the highest quality materials and best craftsmanship. Adhering to this philosophy has propelled Designs By Sundown into one of Denver’s most recognized and requested landscape firms.
Our mission statement says it all: “Using innovative ideas to create distinctive outdoor environments, our staff is dedicated to working with passion, integrity, and respect to fulfill the dreams of our clients.” Our goal is clear: exceed client expectations by maintaining uncompromising quality standards, paying strict attention to detail, and providing value-added services.
When you hire Designs By Sundown, you are assured a professional experience with an award-winning team of individuals who are well-recognized and respected in the landscaping community.
Denver native Michael Hommel founded Designs By Sundown in 1985. Starting with a handful of employees and working out of his parents’ garage, he started a company has become one of Colorado’s premiere residential landscape architecture, construction and maintenance firms.
Michael Hommel - Founder and President
“My vision of the perfect outdoor living space incorporates elements of water and fire with formal hardscape features set against the beautiful flora of plants and trees.”
Michael is the founder of Designs By Sundown. He never imagined that a hobby of installing sprinkler systems 30 years ago would evolve into a nationally recognized and award-winning landscape firm. Michael is a Colorado native and still resides in Littleton, just miles from the home he grew up in. Michael serves on the Board of the South Metro Denver’s Chamber of Commerce and was inducted as a “Trailblazer” for the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) in 2008. Under his leadership, Designs By Sundown has grown from two employees in 1985 to more than 150 today. Michael is still the driving force behind the day to day operations of the company to this day.
Michael is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys playing hockey, snowmobiling, waterskiing, and snowboarding. He thanks his wife, Kiki, and their four children for all their support and encouragement through the years.
Adam Hallauer – Landscape Design Manager
Adam has the uncanny ability to visualize the finished landscape project during initial site visits. These visions have resulted in six award-winning projects, including four Grand Awards, the top honor presented at the Excellence in Landscape and the Environmental Improvement Award banquets. Adam is a proud graduate of Colorado State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Horticulture, specializing in design and construction. Adam is approaching his 15th anniversary with Designs and loves that his job allows him to explore his interests in design, gardening, engineering and construction.
Adam enjoys spending time with his wife, Christina, and their three children. Other passions include gardening and leading the Designs softball team to league championships.
Bill Mansoor – Landscape Maintenance Manager
Bill started in the landscape industry at 14, when he was hired as a grounds crew member for Valley Country Club in Centennial, Colorado. He rose before dawn to start work at 4:30. Now part of a team of early risers, Bill is still one of the first employees in the building almost every day.
Prior to working at Designs, Bill received a degree in Business Administration and ran his own company for eight years. He began as an irrigation technician at Designs and quickly assumed the role of managing the entire maintenance department. He understands all aspects of the business. Bill has an eye for detail and is passionate about exceeding customer expectations.
When Bill is not working, he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team, working on his own yard, bowling, golf, and spending time with his family.
“In August 2010, Designs by Sundown created an incredible combination stucco wall and wrought iron patio space for us complete with special lighting features, a water feature, and a fire pit. The design also included a rock walkway that wrapped around our house from the patio to the front driveway. Throughout every aspect of the project — from the initial design phase through the construction phase, from the post-project problem resolution phase through the ongoing purchase of additional plants, trees, and landscaping over the past three years — the professionalism, competence, and customer-focused service provided by both the employees and the subcontractors of Designs by Sundown have been nothing short of exceptional.
We have recommended Designs by Sundown to our Roxborough neighbors and to many of our friends throughout the Denver Metro area. The manner in which the employees of a company build relationships with customers is a direct reflection of the manner in which a company’s owner and management team build relationships with its employees. Thank you for creating such a remarkable company with so many outstanding employees. We wish you continuing success.”
– Wikoff Residence, Littleton
“My experience with Designs By Sundown has been extremely positive. At the start of our project, my landscape designer really listened to my vision for the deck and the yard. Where my vision was unclear, she helped me see the possibilities and go beyond what I could imagine. She was very patient and respectful of our timeline and our financial perimeters through numerous revisions of the plan. The outside contractors for the pergola did an outstanding job, as did the landscaping crew from Sundown. The foreman and crew were extremely hard working and so efficient! The follow up on the job has been great as well. I had concerns about a couple of the trees and was just about to call when their warranty representative showed up to have a look and see how everything was faring and to answer any questions I had. He has come by again and promises to return again in the spring. All in all, I would heartily recommend Designs By Sundown to anyone considering a landscaping project.”
– Hussain Residence, Highlands Ranch
“We want to thank you for the great crew we have working on our landscaping. We have enjoyed working with them and Rob LASTNAME is a great team leader who is very proactive and always responsive to our needs. We are enjoying our new landscaping. We are always getting compliments on the design and the trees and plants, particularly from our neighbors who have been closely watching the unfolding design. Many thanks to all your staff for their great effort in creating a suitable and wonderful landscape for our family.”
– The Hill Family, Greenwood Village
“My husband and I are absolutely ecstatic about our “new” home. We have received many compliments from neighbors, but the ones we cherish most came from the mouths of babes, i.e., the young trick-or-treaters on Halloween who had various exclamations and comments about our home. We can’t thank you enough for your vision, talent and follow-through skills on completing this project. Your outstanding landscaping is like the whipped cream and cherry on a hot sundae. Not truly necessary, but transforming in taking something beautiful to breathtaking.”
– Private Residence, Centennial
“I am a new customer of your company. Several months ago, I decided to redesign my front yard landscape and searched for a firm with landscape architects as well as design execution capabilities. Your firm has done work in my neighborhood, so I was familiar with the quality end product. As a working professional, I know and appreciate that a good product must include excellent customer service. While I knew you did beautiful work, I didn’t realize it came with such excellent customer care and flawless execution. Everyone on your staff and the landscape crew have been friendly, professional, knowledgeable and willing to find an appropriate solution to my every inquiry. This is the best customer experience I have ever had. Thank you!”
– Colleen Schwarz , Littleton
“I cannot give enough praise for Designs By Sundown. I am a recent widow struggling to take care of four acres and two sprinkler systems. Within two days of my initial contact, the owner, Mike Hommel, had called me back to discuss the issues, and their technician came out and shut down both systems for the winter. He was extremely courteous and patient with my plight. I will definitely use them in the future.”
– Gilsdorf Residence, Littleton
“We have been planning to add a children’s pavilion at Mount Saint Vincent Home to connect our cottages, playground and sports field, but did not have a clear idea about how to best use our space and provide our children with a great learning and recreational experience. We brought out several landscape and construction companies to present their ideas. We are so thankful for all the time and expertise Designs By Sundown put into their formal and detailed rendering and design. Thanks to your superior creative design and construction abilities, we now have an amazing children’s pavilion that will serve us for many years to come.”
– Bill Roth, Mount Saint Vincent Home – Denver
“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
“Your entire design team and all of the crews—from the low voltage lighting team to the sprinklers handlers to the excavation staff—were very easy to work with and accommodated our every need. You even custom-built an in-ground trampoline for our kids! Best of all, you were incredibly punctual. When you started the job, you stayed until it was completed and didn’t drag it out like other contractors we have used in the past. We will confidently recommend Designs By Sundown to anyone we know who needs help transforming the outside of their home into another magnificent example of your work.”
– L.H. Meadows, Littleton
“Designs By Sundown continuously exceeded our expectations as we worked together to repair and redesign the pond in the Japanese Garden at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Their design engineering expertise is exceptional. They are a highly professional organization and their attention to detail and quality makes them leaders in the field of landscape design.”
– John Scully, Chief Executive Officer, Denver Botanic Gardens
“I just want to drop a quick note letting you know how impressed I am with the care and service I have received from the team who redesigned my landscaping. Everyone has been so hard-working, professional, and helpful. As the former owner of Spivack Vision Center, I know excellent work when I see it.”
– Patty Spivack, Littleton
“It was a pleasure working with your staff. They are very professional, knowledgeable and courteous. Thank you for an excellent job. Please pass along my appreciation to your crew. We enjoyed working with you.”
– John Kurowski, Kurowski Development Co.
“I am writing this letter to express our sincere appreciation to the whole Designs By Sundown team for providing us with exceptional landscaping work. From the design and installation phase of our landscaping to the general maintenance, we have been very happy with the service you continue to provide. Out of all the subcontractors we have had during the construction of our new home, we enjoyed working with Designs By Sundown the most. We have had many landscape companies in the past, and Designs is without a doubt a cut above the rest. Your employees are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and I have always received a response immediately when I have called with a concern. Thank you for the outstanding service, it is a pleasure to work with you.”
– Suzan Schlatter, Cherry Hills Village
“I would like to personally congratulate you for being selected as the 2008 Small Business of the Year by the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. I am very pleased to hear of your high honor, and know that this is an accomplishment for which you can be very proud. This award honors the impact you have made on the lives of people in Colorado. Your exhibited leadership in economic and community development is commendable. I wish you the best in the future as you continue to make a difference in the world.”
– Ken Salazar, United States Senator
“The Delores Project is lucky to have developed a partnership with Designs By Sundown to help us with the landscaping of the grounds of our new building. As a privately funded overnight shelter for women, The Delores Project operates on a very tight budget. We received many generous donations for the construction of our building, but our budget had no room for landscaping. In stepped Designs By Sundown. With your enthusiastic and generous support of materials and labor, you have helped create a welcoming and comfortable environment for women who come to us in crisis and fear. Thank you and the Designs By Sundown team who gave many hours of free time to work on this project. You have made a difference for hundreds of women in need!”
– Terrell A. W. Curtis, Executive Director, The Delores Project – Denver
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