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Refined Residential Design-Build: Rain Garden + Shoreline Plantings

Posted By on 14 April 2013 in analysis, design process, native planting, site planning + planting design, stormwater mitigation, technical skills |

Refined Residential Design-Build: Rain Garden + Shoreline Plantings

I thought having my parents as clients would make the process of designing a native rain garden and shoreline habitat simpler and less stressful. I was wrong.

Come to find out, proposing the removal of sacred suburban front lawn in order to make room for a rain garden planted with “messy” looking native plants posed quite a challenge, and required a significant amount of collaboration and design iteration, until the perfect blend of environmentally sensitive AND aesthetically appealing design came to fruition.

I presented my folks with the final designs in the form of a  [REFINED RESIDENTIAL DESIGN COFFEE TABLE BOOKLET], and gifted it to them for the holidays this past year. My folks loved the designs so much that we installed the rain garden this Spring (2013)!

Check out snapshots of the design AND  installation process below, illustrating my ability to provide “Refined Residential Design”… 


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Front Yard: Stormwater Management through Rain Garden Design







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Educational Signage

Numerous neighborhood residents stopped while passing by my folks’ house to ask what we were installing, and to comment on how beautiful it was. None of them had ever heard of  ‘stormwater’ or knew what a ‘rain garden’ was; a prime educational opportunity, and a perfect reason to install an interpretive sign that explained how this aesthetically-appealing addition to the front yard was also helping our environment!

Check out the 15″ x 10″ interpretive sign that I designed and installed below!




Backyard: Shoreline Habitat Plantings



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