Water Management | House Envelope | Hardscaping and Landscaping
Water can rarely be controlled but it can be managed if we choose to work with it rather than trying to fight it. Related to the envelope of our houses, it we cannot manage ground and storm water, we will have a very hard time enjoying our homes. When left unmanaged, water can damage structures, create unusable spaces and can lead to unhealthy conditions in our homes. From modifying topography, creating subsurface infiltration systems, rain gardens or foundation drainage & waterproofing systems, water management is central to the value and enjoyment of your property.
Water Management Project Examples: wet basement; site drainage/grading; drain tile & French drains; sump pumps; infiltration trenches and pits, etc.
What keeps the outside from coming inside is the envelope of a house. The roof, the siding, the windows & doors all make up the envelope. Even the insulation makes up the envelope as it is critical to keeping the heat out in the summer and the cold out in the winter. The better the envelope functions the more efficiently the systems of your home can function, which can be both ecologically and financially worth the investment.
House Envelope Project Examples: Window and door replacement; roof replacement; insulation upgrades; siding and trim; gutters and downspouts, etc.
Hardscaping and Landscaping
The way a house integrated into its surrounding is so important to the way in which we use and generally experience our homes. We have the opportunity to situate our homes into their individual environments and give our homes a connection to the physical and spiritual context of our homes – a connection that is unique to that place. This integration is also a direct way to extend the living spaces of our homes outwards. Be it through gardening, grilling, relaxing or simply being more connected to the terrain and weather that surrounds our homes, the attention to landscaping and Hardscaping can enrich our properties and bring us enjoyment of the outdoors.
Hardscaping and Landscaping Project Examples: Exterior lighting; stone patios; fire pits; vegetable gardens; trees, shrubs and other plantings; Screen porches; fences and privacy screens, etc.