Bad design is smoke, while good design is a mirror. — Juan-Carlos Fernàndez
Design is a discipline. At it’s heart, a design in simply a solution to a problem.
This is how we approach the design process – as a problem-solving exercise.
When you ask us into your home, you have some notion of changes you want to make in order to improve your outdoor space. Even if those notions of changes are vague and only slightly defined, behind them is a set of problems you want solved.
The stated problem might be as simple as “I don’t like the way it looks”. But behind that surface problem are a whole host of little problem components. It’s our job to uncover those components, and help build solution alternatives that address the entire suite of underlying problems – not just the one that’s obvious to everybody.
Just as important is an understanding of how potential solutions could impact the existing landscape and create new problems. Slope, soil, sun exposure, wind exposure, how the space is used today, how you’d like to use the space in the future…
These and many other considerations need to come together into an integrated understanding of the “problems” to be solved.
As much as anything else, this is what people hire us for – our ability to apply sound design discipline. To see within each space the unique “gestalt” of problem to solve. To reach into our experience to find an integrated set of solutions that bring you joy and satisfaction in your outdoor space.
Architecture is the reaching out for the truth. - Louis Kahn
Design must seduce, shape, and perhaps more importantly, evoke an emotional response. - April Greiman