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Philosophy

Shepard Design Landscape Architecture’s philosophy is to begin all projects with the simple process of getting to know you better and what you and your families needs and wants are.

We believe every project has a hidden potential and it is our challenge to unlock it and create a new usable space, or a better utilized space. Since property values are very high in the bay area, we believe it is important for a homeowner to maximize the use of the property they own for their overall enjoyment.

We achieve this by attentive listening, a practice in which the client’s needs are fully discussed and understood before the design process even begins.
We have a varied approach to design and consider this an essential element for creating gardens that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. For instance, the existing terrain can be manipulated to create a lookout or focal point; retaining walls or decks can be built on previously unused land. Plants can be combined to create interest, variety, framing or screening. Different leaf textures and colors can be paired based on complimenting or contrasting elements. All of this can be integrated with a variety of building materials, such as stone, glass, metal, concrete, or even water, for maximum effect.

Our strength at artfully integrating the landscape with the design or style of an existing building combined with your unique use of the garden is what brings our clients lasting satisfaction and great value.


Community Involvement

SPECTRUM
Board member and Fundraiser Chair for local gay youth and seniors
(1997 – 2006)

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY EXTENSION
Advisory board appointment, Program Director of Landscape Architecture/Garden Design Department (1998)

INSTRUCTOR for U.C. BERKELEY EXTENSION – Landscape Architecture/Garden Design Department (1999-2000)

COLLEGE OF MARIN
Volunteered to assist the advisory board for the Environmental Design Department (1998)

ORANGE COAST COLLEGE
Instructor for Continuing Adult Education – Costa Mesa community college “Psychology of Landscaping” (1995)

INTERIOR DESIGNERS INSTITUTE
Private Instructor for a Newport Beach College – “How Landscape Architecture Relates to Interiors” (1989)

DANA POINT SPECIFIC PLAN REVIEW BOARD
Design Review Board Appointment – reviewed proposed projects in the Dana Point Harbor area (1988)

...The design just looks right! Thank you for the great work.”
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Remodeling and Home Design
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