Adaptive Land Design

Expanding what home is for the Do-It-Yourselfer.

Before you spend another dollar on your landscape~ know this...

Design exists to create something that is innately purposeful.

Is your landscape purposeful?

A design should effectively serve the needs of a user.

Does your landscape serve you well?

The users we serve are people at their place of residence.

Regardless of whether people are building a house, constructing a landscape, setting up a web page, or creating a poster... the principles that make a project a success are the same.

Much of the landscape service industry serving the residential design market does not understand this. We do.

Design Process

Before you do anything with your landscape, first, list all the things (verbs) you want to do in your landscape.

Play    Grow    Relax     Look     Hear     Host     Work     Swim      Explore     Nap     Camp     Run     Exercise     Cook

When a client has a clear idea of what they want to do in their yard, the design process easily begins.  Here is how we will work with you to arrive at landscape design that makes you happy:

We design around a use.  We want to know what you want to do with your land.  Once we have an idea of how you want to use your land (what we call a PROGRAM), we create a design that centers around and supports the program.


If you know what you want to do, terrific, you are in a good starting place!  If you know that you want to do something, but are not clear yet on what that is, great, we can can help you begin to figure that out!  The important thing is to know that the time and money you use to improve your landscape will provide the biggest return to you when you know your program.

We figure out the right form via a good program.   Once we know what you want to do in your landscape (your program), We focus on the FORM (shape, sizing) a given space needs to be. 


At this point, we also think about how any given space relates to neighboring spaces.  For example, a space that has a program of hosting guests might not be suited to being adjacent to a space that has a program of working on power tools.  We determine how large or small a space needs to be for the people who will use it. 

We identify OR create distinctive styling.  The form of a space will determine which STYLE is appropriate.  If the design employs 45° angles, then a northwoods style might not be appropriate.  A design form that employs rectangle and squares could support a northwoods style, as well as Japanese or modernist style.


Style and Form can be flip flopped in the design process if need be; this would tend to happen if a particular style was already settled on, such as a north woods or pueblo style of architecture.

We choose materials as a last step.  Style works in conjunction with MATERIALS & FINISHES; both of which come into sharper focus when we are doing detail design work.  When we arrive at this last step, you can be confident that your eventual investment in trees, shrubs, stone, mulch, soil, fencing, lighting, furniture, and accessories will be worth it!


This last step is what most people get excited about, and for good reason!  This is where the idea begins to take shape with real materials and finishes.  However, we cannot overstress the importance of going through the whole design process before arriving at this step.