Design Services

Sheltering Hills Design offers residential, farm, commercial, and community designs based in permaculture.

When we make the commitment to live in a place, we make a huge investment of money, time, energy, and our own vision of what we are trying to accomplish.

The permaculture design process can help you:

  • Know what is possible on your property and what is likely to help you thrive
  • Place elements (compost systems, pathways, water tanks, fruit trees, etc…) in the best relationships in order to minimize your efforts and get better returns on your investment
  • Organize valuable inside space and retrofit your buildings for energy efficiency
  • Understand and adapt to a more resilient lifestyle that meets your real needs
  • Develop a site over time–adapting an original design based on feedback.

Having a design in place allows you to implement the design over time; knowing that you will be creating a regenerative system. Our aim is to save you time, money, and challenges along the way.

Who do we design for?

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  • homeowners
  • farmers
  • neighborhoods
  • congregations and schools
  • small communities
  • urban projects

How do we work?

While we can work at an hourly rate, we prefer to work in stages of design process, where each stage builds upon the next. You can ask us to complete one stage or bundle them for a complete design for savings. We have limited availability for full designs each year, so please let us know that you are interested. Also, sometimes, a consultation is just what you need.

Residential Design work:  

  • Observation and Analysis Report: 

Deliverables: base map, observation, and analysis of property and project –identifying significant flows, problems, and opportunities

  • Conceptual Design Report: 

This comes after the Observation and Analysis Report. Provides up to three conceptual designs (maps and report of possible solutions) based on an analysis. The aim of this report is to begin to develop concepts which match the needs of the landscape with the people in the landscape and their aims.

  • Detailed Design: 

Deliverables: detailed design map with report developing approved conceptual design, including specific recommendations, implementation timeline, approximate budget, resources for implementation and guidelines.

  • Implementation:

While we prefer working with clients that want to implement their own designs, we are happy to coordinate for implementation of the design as well.

Commercial properties:

Schools, churches, businesses, and other commercial sites have unique needs, limits, and opportunities. The presence of people on-site for only a portion of the day, changes how energy is used, landscapes are cared for, etc…. Sheltering Hills Design seeks to design these spaces to match highest ecological and social benefits while matching practical needs for the users of the space. If you are working with a group and would like to incorporate permaculture on a commercial property or community-level, please contact us.

We often use an initial hour-long consultation to see if we are a good match for your needs. If it seems to be so, we can offer the right design package proposal for your aims.

Interested in an introduction to permaculture? Check out this collaboration.