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Bonfires, swimming in the creek, fruit off the tree, a wood pile where you want it, a barn where you need it. If you can dream it, I can help you plan for it.

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.

The process starts with a careful assessment and analysis of the environmental conditions on your site, so that future interventions can be designed to work with the direction of what the landscape wants to be.

The result will be an understanding of appropriate methods for overall land management, best choices for animal and food crops, ways to enhance restore natural areas, and ways that you can best enjoy the natural beauty of your landscape.

During the design process I will also pay special attention to understanding the systems on your site, creating an overarching strategy to help you live within carrying capacity of your landscape, be efficient in your resource use, and let nature work for you whenever possible.

What You Get:

A Masterplan is the best place to start when approaching a large piece of property. The Masterplan provides an overarching guide to developing your site, and leaves room for modification as your needs and desires change. It can serve as a stand-alone document, or be the basis for more detailed design work to come. The final plan is a combination of written descriptions and graphics, and will include most or all of the following elements:

Existing Conditions Analysis:

  • Analysis and discussion of environmental factors on your site, what your desired uses and activities are, and how it all intersects
  • A base map of the existing features

Schematic Design:

  • Plan-view graphic of the proposed layout and uses on the site
  • Inspiration or example images of the look and feel of new features or plantings you might introduce to the site

Systems Analysis:

  • For systems such as water, soil, food, and habitat, site-specific methods and approaches for stewarding and maximizing the potential of that resource.

Management Plan:

  • For each type of area, description of management techniques to minimize resource use and promote habitat and biodiversity

Phasing Plan:

  • Bullet-point breakdown of suggested order in which to implement the plan

Average design cost: $2,500 and up