Iris Design Associates

In our firm the designer and the principal are the same. The company and the individual you deal with directly are the same. The advantage is consistent translation of your ideas from the first discussion to the finished drawing.

JOSHUA SCHAAF, principal, has more than fifteen years of professional practice, specializing in the design and master planning of custom residential landscapes, swimming pools, and outdoor entertainment areas in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington DC area.

Before beginning any design we apply a process of thorough site analysis. It’s a tool that we have developed and refined through more than 15 years of experience and we know it makes a difference. After meeting with you the client to discuss your objectives, our first step is to take an inventory of the natural elements of the site – it’s history, orientation to sunlight and views, natural drainage, traffic patterns, and plant materials. This allows us to identify complements and potential conflicts in regards to defined goals. From this initial process of evaluation we are able to make conclusions based on our analysis. Then we design, with the end result being an environment that is complimentary and that avoids conflict with both the setting and your individual goals. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.


Patrick Steininger
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2017

Josh created an incredible design for our pool and relandscaping of our entire house. His design perfectly reflected our ideas and his technical drawing was much more than we expected. He was prompt... Read More

Rossen Landscape
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jun 2016

Josh was extremely helpful in creating a to-scale plan view of our client's landscape. I was also very impressed with his 3-D Renderings of the layout schematic, complete with elevations. The plan vie... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Sep 2016

Finally found what we were looking for in IDA and Josh. Prompt, courteous and ready to listen to our ideas instead of forcing his on us. Josh did a fantastic job with the design and provided some reco... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jun 2016

IDA did a great job for me on an initial design which was built and then a follow up extension. Great work! Read More

Radhika Nataraj
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jul 2016

Josh is extremely knowledgeable, very professional and was a pleasure to work with. He was patient and listened to what we wanted and truly understood our needs. Without hesitation, I would highly rec... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Aug 2015

We hired Iris Designs to do a backyard design for our pool and the surrounding area. Josh came out to me us. He was very professional and it was easy to work with him. He surveyed our yard and came ... Read More

Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: May 2015

Iris Design Associates is truly one of the best designers you would ever want to use. Their knowledge and expertise and willingness to work with our ideas have made the experience well worth it for u... Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2014

Josh was always listening to our desires and concerns with attention to detail. He said what we could expect from him and he delivered! He was also great about steering us to other people who could ... Read More

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