What Differentiates Us

CREATIVEscapes was started after seeing a need for clients to work with a design only firm that truly listens to what the customer wants.  A design/build firm may look to design the project they’re trying to build. As opposed to our design firm, which solely focuses on articulating the client’s vision. Our goal is for you to have a clear plan to execute your ideal design. We’ll produce 3D video fly thoughs of your project showing day and night. In addition, we provide still shots of various angles as well as a 2D project plan with measurements and call-outs for your builder to easily follow.

This ensures that you and the contractor have a clear vision of what the project should look like before they build it. Having a detailed set of project plans also helps to hold the contractor accountable and make sure they are executing the construction as outlined. Project plans also help during the bidding process to create an environment where everyone is bidding on the same thing. Consequently, this allows you to compare apples to apples, when getting pricing. If you’re looking for a custom outdoor living space then this would be the ideal design process for your project.


Chris Johannsen

  I have been in the outdoor design world for over 10 years. My projects have won awards such as Hardscape hero in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Also my projects have been featured in many catalogs and magazines.

I graduated with my BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring in sculpture and minoring in crafts focused on metalsmithing. Before starting my own business I worked for two multi-million dollar firms where I design and built projects ranging from $30,000-$1,000,000. I remain up to date on what is in style and the cost of materials. I am comfortable designing to a budget range. 

When I am not designing I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 kids. We live on a farm in Powhatan Va where we raise chickens and pigs. With what little time that is left after business, family, and honey do lists; my hobbies are fishing, hunting, golf, and cars. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope we get the chance to work together.