We provide a wide range of design services, from large-scale master plans to landscape details and construction documents.
A Master Plan is a comprehensive guiding document for a site, whether that’s a homestead, a community farm, an agri-hood, or a campus. Master Plans typically include vision, goals, site analyses and assessments, concepts, design guidelines, and phasing and management recommendations. Master Planning is useful for both large and small parcels, but is usually undertaken for projects that will have distinct phases over time, multiple stakeholders, and a high level of complexity.
A site design shows the location, dimensions, materials, and relationships of landscape features. Site design is conducted with a large vision or master plan in mind, but focuses on the arrangement of specific details and their interrelationships usually within a particular area of the property.
We work with public agencies and private entities to develop plans for re-establishing ecosystems in both urban and rural contexts. We have studied nature’s ‘infrastructure’ – coastal dunes that hold flood waters back, mangrove forests that buffer hurricane swells, wetland vegetation and micro-fauna that clean water, and earthworks and vegetation that mitigate erosion and turbidity in waterways. We design ‘green infrastructure’ to repair the damage to these natural systems so that they may function again.
Within a master plan or site design are landscape details that require schematic plans or construction drawings for contractors. If you have a particular interest in a specific landscape detail, like a bioshelter or rain garden, RDG can show you where to build it, provide the dimensions and specifications for construction, and suggest a phasing plan to get the timing right.
Typical landscape details include:
- Planting plans for edible forest gardens, pollinator strips, and medicinal gardens
- Water catchment, storage, and conveyance systems
- Stormwater management and erosion control for streams, rivers, and wetlands
- Green roofs, walls, paths, walkways, and steps
- Greenhouses and bioshelters
- Livestock grazing systems, rotational grazing, and silvopasture
- Soil building, biological remediation, and earthworks.