Designs, Inc. is a design/build
firm specializing in fine home and
garden projects including
renovation, landscape and new
construction. Libby Zando, owner and
the chief designer, works with a
dedicated management staff and a
team of skilled artisans and
craftsmen. Together, they build
distinctive projects recognized for
creativity and attention to detail.
Libby works personally with each
client, from initial concept through
detailed plans to final completion
of work, in order to realize the
full potential of their property.
ZANDO Designs projects can be
seen in the finest coastal area
neighborhoods and many have been
featured in prominent magazines
including RENOVATION STYLE,
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS, and
DELAWARE BEACH LIFE.
The ZANDO Designs office is
located in historic Milton, Delaware
next to the elegant circa 1900 Zando
home overlooking the Broadkill
River. The house, built by Captain
George Megee, a ship chandler, has
been recently featured in
DELAWARE TODAY and CHESAPEAKE
LIFE magazines for outstanding
pool design, garden and interior
details and art collections.
ZANDO Designs is a “hands-on”
company. We design our projects
in-house and utilize only
experienced crews for all of our
construction and landscape projects.
We work personally with each client
to identify and develop the optimum
project for their home, from
improvements to additions and
“We have the experience to manage
all the details-- from plans to
Zando learned her “hands-on” skills in a family
of experienced builders, gardeners, stone masons
and artists. She received a degree from the
University of Maryland in Applied Design which
included Interior Design, Space Development and
Period Homes and Furnishings. She later received
a Master of Fine Arts from the same Alma Mater
with a full scholarship and teaching
assistantship in painting and sculpture. Zando
also worked as a construction designer and
estimator for a prestigious company in
Washington, D.C. After college Libby earned a
real estate license and was active in the real
estate field with her husband, Bob Blayney.
The couple was active in the early renaissance
of Lewes, Delaware. They purchased their first
home in 1978. As they renovated and sold
properties, Libby developed a loyal following of
sub-contractors and clients. Her considerable
art background distinguished her projects. She
included distinctive details in her work,
tastefully blending the old with the new.
ZANDO Designs was incorporated in 1981 and
raised the standards of local renovation work by
using quality and tasteful details and featuring
courtyard gardens with impressive landscape
elements. Attractively integrating indoor and
outdoor spaces became the key to the continuing
growth and success of ZANDO Designs.
Maury Cannon came to work for ZANDO Designs
in 2001 and never looked back. A graduate of
Princeton University, he had honed his business
skills managing one of the oldest and largest
canning companies in Delaware and then
proceeding to develop and manage other smaller
companies in Wilmington, Delaware. Organization
of paper work, change orders and contracts can
be daunting for a small company, but Maury
Cannon, in his capacity as accounting and
business manager, provides the clients of
ZANDO Designs an exceptional level of
service and detail.
Design and Construction
Design and Build Services
Measure, draft and produce CAD plans for
necessary permits, pricing and construction.
Professional engineering services are available
Hourly consultations are available for home and
garden projects. Recommendations include
architectural details and color selections;
plant selections; accent lighting; and, pool
layouts and designs.
Construction Management and General
Provide experienced service to co-ordinate and
expedite your project. Many part-time residents
rely heavily on ZANDO Designs to manage all
aspects of their projects -- from design and
drafting details, to materials selection and
coordination, to construction oversight, and
even to final decorating!
Landscape Design and Build
Artistry, plant knowledge, experience and
attention to detail all combine to make ZANDO
Designs projects stand out above the
Water Features and Pools
Design and install novel and care-free ways to
bring the “sound of water” into the garden. From
low-maintenance, pond-less water falls to
continuous-flow fountains, ZANDO Designs
creates unique and decorative water elements,
including swimming pools that become beautiful
water additions to the perfect garden setting.
Patios and Decks
Our skilled craftsmen work with brick, stone,
pavers and various natural wood and man-made
products to create the utility, style and
quality you desire and deserve.
A large selection of low-voltage lighting is
available to suit your needs and budget.
Lighting provides beauty as well as security to
your home, year round.
Walls and Terraces
Custom designed and built natural stone and
modular retaining walls and steps add a unique
and distinctive character to gardens, patios and
Installing, monitoring and maintaining automatic
watering systems are essential for plant health
and viability in our harsh coastal climate.
Arbors and Fences
ZANDO Designs specializes in custom
fencing, arbors and pergolas designed to
compliment the architecture of your home,
including historic details.
Sheds and Outside Showers
Outbuildings made beautiful! ZANDO Designs
works with the existing house details to create
one-of-a-kind structures that integrate into the
landscape. Many have been featured in national
and regional magazines!
Plantings and Container Gardening
Pottery and containers are the “jewelry” of the
garden -- adding color, accent and character to
personalize your setting.
Available to ZANDO Designs clients upon
completion of work.
a Collection of ZANDO Designs