Who Am I?
I have remained fascinated over the years by the challenges of connecting with clients and their specific needs. I love to innovate as each project is a bit different from all the others. My primary niche is troubleshooting, evaluating and optimizing existing sprinkler systems as well as designing complex residential systems. Also, during the course of the past 20 years, I have incorporated landscape lighting and drainage into my business.
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We offer lawn sprinkler installation and a lot more!
Ethan Shapiro started Laurdane Associates in 1989. The name Laurdane comes from Ethan’s father’s and grandfather’s engineering firm called Laurdan. Ethan’s siblings are Laurie and Dan. When Ethan was born, the company name was changed to Laurdane.
Ethan worked with his father in the 1970s in water and sewer construction. Specifically, they designed and installed residential and light commercial lower pressure pipe (LPP) sewage systems. These were called “alternative” at the time. They are on-site sewerage disposal systems designed to function in soils that will not absorb water well enough for a conventional gravity-feed system. The transition from LPP system design and installation was very easy. Ethan was quite familiar with the hydraulics, pumps, water pressure dynamics, etc., as used in the design of an effective irrigation system.
Laurdane Associates has remained a small, hands-on company over the years. Staying small is one of Ethan’s strongest selling points. He can personally oversee every project, and usually gets his hands just as dirty as everyone else!
Ethan goes above and beyond the call of duty and doesn’t leave until he has solved the problem.
“Ethan goes above and beyond the call of duty and doesn’t leave until he has solved the problem and fixed it. He also explains everything so the customer can understand what is happening with their system.”
★★★★★ Christine B.
Services We Offer
Ethan likes his company to be innovative and specializes in complex irrigation systems that require “personality” and ingenuity. He has two outstanding projects of which he is especially proud. One is the residence on the cover of Landscape Architect of January 2002. The other is the Coker Arboretum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Along the way, Ethan discovered that he enjoys innovative, outdoor accent lighting. He enjoys creatively incorporating lighting into the landscape and working with shadows as well as creative path lighting. He is quite positive that it is HIS job as a professional contractor to educate his clients so that they can make intelligent, well-informed decisions about their landscapes. So, after many years in the business, Ethan Shapiro is able to offer you a wide variety of plans, systems, and enhancements to make YOUR garden and yard the most it can be!