Nick Martin Landscape Architect

Nick Martin Landscape Architect

An award-winning outdoor living specialist in custom residential Garden & Landscape design, Nick Martin can turn an ordinary landscape into something truly wonderful.

With affordable fees and creative solutions for every budget, Nick makes it possible for you to have a custom landscape design, swimming pool design and/or waterfeature design that fits your home and lifestyle.

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Nick specializes in residental landscape design, outdoor living design, pool design water feature design, with an emphasis on working with the customer to get everything "just right".


  • Best of Houzz 2014- 2023 Satisfaction, the top 4% out of 330,000 professionals on Houzz were chosen, across all locations, markets and categories
  • People's Pick Winner of The WOW Factor Category of the 2016 HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards
  • Design Judge for the CLCA ( California Landscape Contractors Assoc. ) Annual CLCA Beautification Awards 2009- 2023.
  • 2009 & 2010 Winner of the Pool Studio International VIP Design Challenge for Pool Studio 3d Design. Click here for 3d Pool Studio Gallery
  • Winner: Best Over All Design, The 2009 Massachusetts Horticultural Society Award for Design Excellence, Tuscan Exhibit Garden entitled " Our Italy ". Media coverage for the Tuscan garden was featured as a video documentary on KUSI TV News 03/01/09.
  • Winner: Garden Master, The 24th Annual Spring Home and Garden Show in Del Mar (2009)
  • Winner: National Spa & Pool Institute: "Swimming Pool of the Year" ; Category "C"; San Diego County (2004)
  • Winner: CLCA Design award, San Diego chapter. Category; Large scale residential design (1987)
  • Winner: ASLA Award of Merit for excellence in the study of Landscape Architecture (1982)
  • Winner: Freuhoff scholarship for academic achievement (1981)


A registered Landscape Architect in the State of California, James Reay "Nick" Martin's professional license can be found here. This license ensures that Nick has successfully completed a comprehensive examination of his knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to the practice of landscape architecture in California.


  • Bachelor of Arts degree, Landscape Architecture, University of Idaho. (1982)
  • Awarded the ASLA certificate of excellence for the study of Landscape architecture 1989
  • AA Degree from Napa Community College in Napa California 1975 – 78 Dean’s list four out of 6 semesters
  • Minor in Forestry Resources management in The College of Forestry at the University of Idaho 1982
  • Graduate Colorado Outward Bound School Boulder Colorado 1975
  • Graduate US Forest Service Fire Fighting School 1979 and GS4 Forestry Technician on the Payette National Forest New Meadows Ranger District 1978, 79 and 80
  • PSI Seminars Life Success Course Graduate 2-year program 2000- 2002


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