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COMFORT OF HOME
Why Design + Build?
I design and build our projects in house and the most rewarding and challenging part is build phase. Building in house let's us fine tune the details - the spacing cedar slats, the textures of bark and wood, the edges and the overlapping geometries that make a space dynamic and alive. When you hire a designer, then put the design out to bid, each contractor will build that project differently. In building, we get to talk through the concepts and make our clients vision come to life.
Design + Building in house is time intensive process. As we work through details and materials, and make changes along the way, our dedication is in getting things right. I ask potential clients to consider their priorities. Working with a small design firm takes time but the attention to detail and care will be there.
Creative Designs For Slopes
San Diego's hidden canyon lots and beach bluff Point Loma cliffs offer some breathtaking views and hidden neighborhood gems. There is a desire to get more usability out of our slopes but I ask clients to consider alternativees to keystone and block walls.
SHAPING THE LAND
Since we opened in 2013, we have built out many trails and patio's, vegetable gardens, and seating nooks on steep slopes. The work we do is different than your landscape contracter that opts for concrete and blocks. We take stone and plantings, carve into the land by hand, and shape trails the way they have been made for thousands of years. The right plants knit the soil together and boulders help create landings and switchbacks as they do in our mountains. We design and build through an understanding of nature in environmental design.
Building and understanding how features work in the landscape, opens up doors to creating new concepts and ideas. For this La Mesa Native Plant Garden we recommended providing a water source for thirsty coyotes to deter drip line damage. In summer, we often find coyote teeth marks and mangled hoses in La Mesa and El Cajon. I selected a boulder that could hold water and soldered a copper pipe with a valve for a slow drip drinking hole to encourage the landscape as a wildlife corridor while protecting the integrity of the irrigation.