Consulting and Design

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I believe consulting and design go hand in hand to create an incremental, on-going dialogue with the land. I begin all consulting and design projects with a short questionnaire to gather basic information about the project and site. This provides the baseline for an initial consultation - either a remote video consultation or a site visit consultation.  

If you'd like to schedule a consultation, please send me an email through the contact page.

What I need, at least 48 hours prior to the consultation, are answers to my client questionnaire.

 

You can download a copy of my client questionnaire document here

For sites in the Reno area, I am happy to start with either a remote video consultation using google hangouts or zoom or a site visit consultation. For sites outside the Reno area, I prefer to start with a remote video consultation to assess if a site visit is appropriate, and if so, to help clarify the priorities for the site visit.

 

I charge $50/hr 

 

Generally both remote and on-site consultations are ~1.5 hrs of interaction. 

 

Both include a preliminary remote site review and follow up, which are another 2.5-3 hrs of time combined.

 

For this I charge $200. If you want a site visit, I add mileage expenses and 1/2 rate travel time.

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What you get is:

  • A 1.5hr remote site assessment and video consultation

  • A site map both blank and with notes from the consultation

  • A list of site and project-specific recommendations and resources based on our conversation

  • A web soil survey for your site

  • A recording of our video call

 

If you want a more detailed follow up with a to-scale digitized map detailing the concepts discussed during the consultation, I can draft that as part of the follow up. Depending on the level of detail this generally runs an additional $100-200. We can discuss and decide on this during the site visit wrap up.

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What you get is:

  • A 1.5hr site assessment and site visit consultation

  • A site map both blank and with notes from the consultation

  • A list of site and project specific recommendations and resources based on our conversation

  • A web soil survey for your site

 

If you want a more detailed follow up with a digitized map detailing the concepts discussed during the consultation, I can draft that as part of the follow up. Depending on the level of detail this generally runs an additional $100-200. We can discuss and decide on this during the site visit wrap up.

Schedule a consultation now

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My design process is organized by integrating the Permaculture zones of use, sectors, and microclimate assessments, with the Regrarians Platform to prioritize projects and site development. For most projects this means: 1) identifying any critical infrastructure needs starting with Water, Access, Structures, Fencing and Energy, 2) Identifying appropriate locations and patterns for trees to manage Sector energies and modify microclimates, and 3) Starting close to the home and center of activity and working outwards from there based on topography, soils, and the capacity of the land and people involved.

For Design projects, I build off our first round of consultation by generating conceptual maps in Google Earth and/or MS Powerpoint which are widely used and accessible programs.  These maps facilitate a dialogue that guides project prioritization and implementation. Materials lists and plant lists are then created on a project by project basis.

I encourage an incremental and iterative approach to design and implementation, particularly on larger sites and for DIY projects. This often takes the form of multi-year projects where a practical and achievable set of projects are outlined for the current year and future projects are organized for assessment and prioritization each following year. Many people find it valuable to schedule a remote video consultation 1-2 times per year to check in on project progress, particularly successes and challenges, and to create a plan for the next steps.

Whenever possible, I prefer to keep each project scope of work focused on the specific portion of the overall design which has been identified as the current priority, then create a set of deliverables ranging from $300-1000 of work. This lowers the risk of creating a complex, detailed design without going through the review and feedback process with the client and the landscape.

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