About OCS

Outdoor Classic Structures is a general contracting firm specializing in creative, functional outdoor construction and landscape services that encourage clients to interact with their natural environment.

For five decades, our principals have provided residential and commercial clients with Middle Tennessee’s highest end hardscape design-build services available. Our general contracting firm serves all of Nashville and surrounding Middle Tennessee, within 200 miles of our Franklin office.

Franklin, Tennessee

Outdoor Classic Structures is headquartered in the heart of downtown Franklin, Tennessee, in a cottage that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

We welcome you, with an appointment, to visit our  studio.

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“What has impressed me the most is the commitment to the customers’ long-term satisfaction…”

Chris Hilicki, Brentwood, TN

Our Team

Ernie Reynolds
Founder & President

Reynolds has a design and installation perspective unique in the industry. Additional to three plus decades of high-level field experience interacting with architects and owners, he has broad travel experiences, making note of how those from various cultures and climates interact and recreate outdoors. Reynold’s designs and construction management have won multiple industry awards state-wide. 

Reynolds, an ISA certified Arborist, attended Furman University and holds Master degrees from Belmont University and the University of Tampa. He spends his free time reading Southern Literature and backcountry hiking with his dog Holly. 

Nikki Schmidt
Designer & Project Manager

Designer and project manager, Nikki, has spent her entire career in the design industry. A Brentwood, Tennessee native and University of the South Sewanee graduate, she joined the Outdoor Classic Structures team in 2012. Her specialties in hardscape design and project management reflect her interior design experiences with an exclusive tile and stone company. Nikki prides herself in creating exterior living spaces that mirror her client’s interior design elements.

Nikki’s personal time is spent creating wonderful memories with her husband, energetic daughter, and extended family.

Ron Fries

A member of the OCS family for over a decade, Ron possesses over 40 years of construction skills and experience. Before joining the OCS team, Ron was a Master Electrician for 15 years as well as a facility services manager for the Mayo Clinic Hospital. He has completed continuing education seminars in specialties such as lighting, interlocking concrete paver and segmental retaining wall installations. He shares his personal time with his wife, children, and 7 grand children.


As a general contractor, Outdoor Classic Structures offers a variety of landscape installation and hardscape construction services. Each of the services we offer is a part of an integrated landscape design. ©Outdoor Classic Structures 2014. All Rights Reserved. m