Permaculture Design Service

Permaculture Designs can be created for homes, farms, schools, businesses and intentional communities.  Permaculture design takes the entire “system” of our built environment – the landscape, our homes, humans, nature, animals, plants, etc. – into account to create a truly sustainable and healthy model of living in and with natural systems while meeting human needs as well.

All our design work is led by an experienced permaculture designer with support from a beginning or apprentice designer in order to ensure that each design process is also an educational opportunity providing valuable “on-the-job training” for designers in our region.  Design fees support this and other educational programming.

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091113 421Residential Permaculture Design Options*

All our design work starts with you! We consider ourselves to be “co-creators” with you of a design and plan that will work to meet your goals and needs.  To that end, we will start any design relationship by asking you to invest some time in filling out the Residential Permaculture Design Questionnaire before we schedule design work with you.
 * We also do permaculture design work for schools, churches, businesses and other “multi-stakeholder” clients.  Please contact us to schedule a phone call or meeting to discuss your needs.

Residential Option 1:  Permaculture Consultation Service (No Drawings)

This is a great starting point for permaculture design work at your property.  This service can either “stand alone” as a verbal consultation or lead to a full design later.  After reviewing your questionnaire in advance and doing some remote research, the designer will visit the property (for approx 2-3 hours depending on property size) and provide as much design guidance as possible during that period, including a list of design ideas for you to implement.  You will gain valuable design direction during the consultation and will be left with a list of recommendations and resources.  No drawings or follow-up reports are prepared but we can give you a quote for further design work if so desired.

The cost for this service: $199 (plus mileage if >30 min drive from Portland) for up to 1 acre and $275 for more than 1 acre up to 5 acres.  Contact us for other size properties.

Price includes our advance research time to review your questionnaire  and other data about your site.   Payable by check, cash or debit/credit card at beginning of visit.  Some portion of your consultation can be paid for with hours from Hour Exchange Portland!

Residential Option 2:  Complete Permaculture Design (Drawings & Report)

After an initial site consultation (see Option 1 above) we take all the information and observations away with us to create a beautifully drawn permaculture design for your property (color, poster-sized, suitable for display + an electronic copy).  We make a second visit to share our DRAFT design concept ideas and, based on your feedback, will turn that into the final design product including a written report with recommended phases of implementation, plant lists and additional resources.  We can also include a recorded “audio” walk-through of the design elements that you can play on your computer or mp3 player.

The cost for this service:  Apart from the initial consultation, our design work is billed on an hourly basis and we can give you a quote for your project.  The hours required depend on property size and complexity of design and can be discussed at the time of your initial site visit.

Money-saving variations:  We can offer a price savings for black and white drawings (no color) and/or an abbreviated bulleted list (max 2-3 pages) of recommendations (in lieu of the full report) if you need to reduce the cost of your design work with us.

Other Residential Design Options:

If paying for a consultation or a design is beyond your financial reach, it is possible that your site might be suitable for hosting an “Intro to Permaculture Design Short Course” which results in a draft design sketch and a list of recommendations.

Alternatively, we may be able to connect you with one of our student or apprentice designers who can offer a design for a lower price during their practice period.

Contact us to discuss the options!

Want to learn more about Permaculture?  Visit Portland Maine Permaculture, the most active permaculture meetup group in the world.