Founder/ Member Corde McLaughlin started landscaping in 2006. He worked as a general laborer for a local landscape company in Sioux Falls SD. One year after being hired Corde was promoted to foreman and was in charge of a 4 man crew for the next 2 years. During this time he attended South East Technical Institute where he gained two associates degrees in Landscape Design and Horticulture. After One year of schooling and 3 years in the field, Corde decided it was time to start Outdoor Specialties.
In 2009 Outdoor Specialties landed contracts with commercial construction companies and home builders throughout Sioux Falls. Work was often hard to come by given the economic situation of the country at the time. There was always one constant. Never stop working. This company is based upon old school principles and philosophies. Work hard, Do a great job, and word of mouth will get you more work. We are proud to say we have done business with some of the biggest companies in Sioux Falls. Such as Lloyd Companies, Legacy Developments, Premiere Builder’s, Otton Construction, PAL Inc just to name a few. But it is the countless references from friends, family and former customers that have helped us grow and expand.
Outdoor Specialties is always looking for new ways to diversify. “The we can do everything mentality” has led to some of our most unique designs and projects. Owner and Lead designer Corde McLaughlin finds most of his inspiration and creativity in the things he does outside of work. Between landscape and snow removal seasons Corde Spends as much of his time travelling with his family, hunting, fishing, water skiing, and relaxing as possible. Taking bits and pieces from other parts of the world and bringing them back home and incorporating them into a design is one of the best ways to stand out. There is also a lot of pride in creating a landscape that is recognizable. When some one says ” I can tell that’s an Outdoor Specialties landscape” it is the worlds biggest compliment.
It has been an amazing ride over the past 10 years, but Corde and the rest of the crew hope to continue that journey well into the future. The support of former, present and future clients is detrimental to our success. Our goal is to carry on the legacy and reputation that has been built not only in Sioux Falls SD, But everywhere someone sees our logo, or one of our Landscape projects.
We have in-house specialists and an extensive network of industry professionals and service providers who we have worked closely with for over a decade. Our combined knowledge and resources allows our team of Consultants, Designers, Installation Technicians, Service Members and Subcontractors to complete any project (literally) from the ground up.
Once contacted by a client, we like to get to know them and understand as much as possible about the potential project by listening first – whether through a text message, email, phone call, or in person. To help us understand your vision, we will require a brief description of the project, location and contact information. We want to gather as much information as possible remotely using customer-provided photos or imagery via Google Earth. We also utilize spatial recognition tools and measurements via satellite to obtain measurements of the project location.
After a brief consultation with a member of our Design team, you will receive an email with a draft layout and a proposal. At this time we give our clients the opportunity to review the plans with our Designers by scheduling an in-person meeting at the project location. We complete a full inspection and analysis of the property’s exterior, during which we may recommend updates or provide useful tips and insights for the property. We verify measurements and design functionality onsite to ensure an accurate and fair proposal is provided.
We offer a product selection sheet or in-person walkthrough at our materials outlet. This gives clients the opportunity to see displays and examples of products. We finish our custom, hand drawn prints or 3D CAD renderings with the products selected by the client. Design fees are waived after acceptance of the final proposal. Once the design and budget are finalized we then determine a desired completion date and payment arrangements.