We are happy to walk through your site to discuss
To get the most out of our shared time, we
recommend you have a few copies of a base map
that is to-scale for all of us to draw on. This can be
extrapolated from any house build/remodel diagrams,
past landscape work or septic work, if residential. A
screenshot of Google Maps or Public GIS work for larger properties. At your request, we can prepare this for the walk-through.
Also, we have some questions we want you to explore before our visit:
What is your (or your family/community's) relationship with the site right now? How often do you work or enjoy the landscape and what kind of things do you do?
What is your relationship with the site as you would like it to be? What do you see yourself (or your family or community) doing and how often?
What is your wish list and why you would like to add these things to your site?
What are your time/money/community constraints and opportunities?
What are the important ecological processess that categorize the site? (Is it habitat-rich? Does it flood? How well do plants grow? Has the land had a history of abuse?)
We charge $45/hour total for our combined time, plus time for travel in one direction, plus any work done by us on the base map (see above).
What to expect: We often discourage or affirm your ideas for the site, come up with our own design ideas, or best yet we (Nick and Kelda) disagree about certain elements of the design, which clearly lays out the pros and cons for you to weigh. If the first walk-throughs are part of a big project than it often makes the most sense for us to observe for somet time before discussing design. What we are trying to do is listen to the land (or in more academic terms, do a site analysis) before imposing our ideas on it.
If price is a barrier there are some options:
Invite friends and neighbors over during the consultation for the educational experience and ask them to donate some funds for our time (plus we can specifically make it more educational for them).
If the site is in an area with a permaculture network we're familiar with (Tacoma, Seattle, Tulsa) we can brainstorm ideas with you about cheaper options for a 'Dine & Design' kind of gathering which may or may not involve our design input.