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“We have worked closely with Sue Reed for over 15 years, on projects both modest and grand. She has a great blend of engineering knowledge and design, and can see the opportunities and pitfalls clearly. Her sense of how to site a house in the landscape is uncanny. When we are able to work together, the projects gain value both functionally and aesthetically.”

StepsSusan Reed

Landscape Architecture

Designing home landscapes to be: • Ecologically rich • Comfortably livable • Energy efficient • Inviting to wildlife • Naturally beautiful.

Ecological Emphasis

1-1-IMG 0030 2I treat every landscape project as an opportunity to contribute to the health of the natural world. In my plans, I aim to minimize harm and protect each site’s valuable features while incorporating:

  • habitat that supports local wildlife
  • vegetation that requires minimal maintenance
  • drainage patterns that encourage percolation rather than runoff
  • proper placement of buildings and trees to make the most of solar gain
  • well-built components that last a long time, to reduce demand on natural resources.

Each residential landscape that I design is planned to be a resilient, diverse, self-sustaining and resource-recycling environment that nourishes all its inhabitants, both human and nonhuman.