Design

Landscape & Permaculture Design

A landscape design consists of both a procedure and set of documents to assist you in fully developing your vision and your site.  The design process includes mapping and documentation to reflect design elements such as water systems, access routes, buildings, earthworks, energy and nutrient cycling/systems, plantings, animals and social infrastructure.

We encourage prospective Clients to complete our Design Questionnaire prior to an initial visit.  This form helps to answer basic questions about you and your property and facilitates the design process overall.  Please contact us for the form. Include drive time in all fees if your property is more than 30 miles from Chico.

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Landscape Design
$300 to $3,000 +

A complete landscape design consists of both a procedure and set of documents to assist you in fully developing your vision and your site.  A complete design is especially useful for new homes and high-profile areas (such as a large covered patio or steep slope), or major renovations, such as transitioning to a resource efficient landscape. 

Landscape designs vary greatly from project to project, depending on the site, the level of detail and custom drawings, the size of the property, and the extent of renovation or new installation that you request. All designs include time spent marking and measuring the site to ensure proper scale.

Landscape designs are hand drawn on conventional vellum design paper.  We do not generally use computer software to generate this type of design yet all drawings can be made digital for viewing.
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Permaculture Design
$300 to $3,000 +

A permaculture design integrates the specific needs of the Client as a whole person/family and the needs of the property as a productive ecosystem. The design process usually takes place over a 2 to 12 month time period (depending on property size, budget and project complexity). During this time we work with the Client over multiple sessions in order to refine a detailed design and site report.

Permaculture design is based on a framework which  consists of a process and several methods to create an evolving set of documents. The framework is the permaculture ethics and principles, the design process itself and strategies and techniques which are utilized for specific design element implementation. The design process consists of the Clients goals/wishlist, observations and research, several design methods, concept maps and the final working master plan. The permaculture design methods used on a project vary based on Client needs but can entail documentation and/or drawings for the scale of permanence, water-access-structures, relative location, zone and sectors, functional analysis of design elements, random assembly exercises and more.

The design process includes mapping and documentation to reflect design elements such as water systems, access routes, buildings, earthworks, energy and nutrient cycling/systems, plantings, animals and social infrastructure. We also discuss an overall budget, a phased time-line for implementation, and the need for other supporting documents.  A management guidebook can also be created which details out garden harvests, insectary calendars, rainwater or greywater system maintenance and more.

Permaculture designs are generally hand drawn on conventional vellum design paper.  We will use computer software to generate specific overlays as requested. All documents can be made digital for viewing.
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Quick Design Sketch
$150 to $500 +

Sometimes on-the-spot designs and/or sketches are enough for those small yards or simple renovations.  This is useful for small projects or for the formation of landscape ideas. 

This quick design can be especially useful for people interested in doing a majority of the work themselves but only need ideas or simple schematics for help with implementation.  On-the-spot sketches are given to you on paper, are often not to scale and they can be scanned for computer viewing.
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