- Edible landscapes, sustainable agriculture, permaculture design
- Green roofs, bio-swales, and ecological stormwater management
- Low-maintenance, drought tolerant planting
- Native plants and habitats for people and wildlife
- Urban Lumber design and planning
- Rural Landscape Planning
My services cover all stages of landscape design, from site assessment and big picture ideas down to detailed design and construction documentation.
What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
I work with owners and green building professionals who want a landscape that robustly answers to the ethic and performance of their buildings. That means creating a high-functioning landscape that is beautiful, durable, productive, and supports ecological processes right on site. From storm water management to carbon sequestration to wildlife habitat, integrating ecosystem services with human centered design leads to better places for people and better outcomes for the plant and animal communities around us.
Average Design Cost: $3,000 and up
Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.
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Average Design Cost: $3,000-$10,000
There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter
I spent my childhood living in the country, and thinking about and planning rural landscapes is a topic very dear to my heart. I know first hand that fighting nature will always be a losing battle, that live, work, and play happen side by side, and that the most successful results are lovely but not over-built or fancy.
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Average Design Cost: $2,500 and up
Matt and Anna Norman
“We absolutely loved working with Caitilin for our yard. We were truly at a loss about what to do as it isn’t that large but has a lot of changes in elevation. She was great at listening to things we liked and desired for our space and then creating a great design that was feasible and went above and beyond what we thought could be done with our little yard. We get so many compliments on how our home is looking from passing neighbors to long time friends. It has come a long way from when we bought it and we are thankful Caitilin helped create the vision to frame our home. ”
“Having Caitilin on board with the Alberta St Pub patio renovation expanded my conception of what was even possible, and brought to life ideas that have now become reality. She carefully listened to what I was wanted and then gently brought me around to new ways of looking at the big picture. She understands how a space can work for a variety of gatherings and seasons, and how a landscape and its structures will grow, change, and weather over time. It was incredibly valuable to have her technical expertise in dealing with mundane issues like roof runoff and permit requirements – items that were way off my radar and could have been very frustrating otherwise. I am very glad that she was part of our team.”
“We worked closely with Caitilin in designing and executing a long term, complex landscape project for our backyard in the Hawthorne District. After meeting and sharing ideas and photos, she designed an incredibly thoughtful, detailed, and creative plan for our backyard. I immediately knew that she understood exactly what we wanted. We love our new space and we look forward to working with her in the next phase of our project. I recommend her for any landscaping project; she is exceptional.”
“We worked with Caitilin to design a landscape for our new preschool. She is terrifically good at stepping back and seeing the big picture, and then creatively and logically turning that into beautiful and functional spaces. Working with her we really gained an understanding of the way a landscape can work as a whole, and of the parts and pieces that complement that vision. She was always a thoughtful listener, but didn’t hesitate to share her point of view. In the end we felt like our ideas were an important part of the design, but the design itself gave our thoughts order and unity that was uniquely hers.
We were also very impressed by her attention to detail. She was always reliable and prepared, meetings were productive and to the point. We’ve loved having the lists of plants, images and drawings to share with parents, and to pore over in our own time.
We often reflect on how fortunate we were to have worked with her, and the feedback we’ve gotten from visitors and parents on the landscape design has reinforced this feeling. ”
“When we decided to completely redo our yard, we had some vague ideas but we weren’t sure exactly what we wanted. Caitilin did a fantastic job of translating our general concepts into a beautiful landscape—one that suits us perfectly. She also provided excellent advice when it came to finding drought-resistant plants that look great but don’t require a lot of maintenance. We get compliments from people walking by our front yard every day. I recommend her work highly. ”