Who We Are
Brian Casey is President of Outdoor Upgrades, Inc. He brings 19 years of high-end residential landscape design, construction and maintenance experience to your landscape. Brian believes that your landscape is a crucial part of how you feel about your home. He founded Outdoor Upgrades as a means for all homeowners to improve their outdoor living space in a short period of time and at a good value. Brian has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University, where he studied Landscape Design & Construction. He furthered his post-graduate education at Colorado State University.
Bill Lahtinen is Production Manager for Outdoor Upgrades, Inc. He has over 30 years of work experience in the high end residential design/build, nursery and maintenance industry. Bill has worked in the North Shore and Western suburbs on some of the finest properties in the Chicagoland area. He has thorough knowledge of plant material, hardscape installation and maintenance practices. He believes in doing every task the correct way the first time and wants what is completed today to look even better 5 years down the road. He is the winner of multiple Gold awards from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association in his career for landscape installations and maintenance. Bill received a degree from William Rainey Harper College and is a Certified Landscape Professional.