JMM Creating Home Outside Workshop

Portland, Oregon APLD 2013

Creating Home Outside® – A Workshop for Design Professionals

As the difficulties in the housing market have homeowners renovating rather than relocating, Americans are working harder than ever to make their homes a place of comfort and beauty. Yet through this process, one of the most important aspects of creating a sense of home is often overlooked–the home we create outside our house.

In this fun, informative, and stimulating workshop, landscape designer, author, and lecturer Julie Moir Messervy guides professionals through an easy-to-follow, six-step process to make any landscape a personal and pleasurable “home outside.” She combines insightful ideas with beautiful photographs, before and after images, diagrams, green tips, and case studies, to illustrate that good landscape design is affordable, approachable, and attainable.


Creating Home Outside® Landscape Design Workshop Preview from JMMDS on Vimeo.

Creating Home Outside® Workshop Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn the following six-step process:

1. Lay of The Land

Examine the current situation and existing elements of the land including sun, wind, soil, vegetation, views and budget, then discuss ideas for what an ideal site would look like. Aesthetic preferences, activity options and favorite vantage points help determine important design decisions.

2. Big Moves

Organize the spaces around a house using four basic layout choices and three different aesthetic arrangements. To add a more cohesive feel, identify a theme or “big idea” that pulls together the vision for the end result.

3. Comfort Zones

Tackle the design by examining the four separate zones around a house: the surrounding zone, welcoming zone, neighboring zone, and living zone. Each of these areas features different activities and amenities that relate to outdoor activities.

4. Making it Flow

Explore ways to enhance the flow of a property through three different types of motion: moving, pausing and stopping. Landscape elements such as gateways, paths, landings and seating areas all can be choreographed for coherence and flow.

5. Placing the Pieces

Conduct an “energy audit” to determine where the energy flows naturally on a property and where it is blocked. Learn to place or frame focal points to disperse and concentrate energy throughout the property according to personal preferences.

6. Sensory Pleasures

Discover how to bring beauty and harmony to a landscape by organizing a “home outside” by the natural elements of earth (planting design), water (water features), fire (thermal delight and lighting), and air (air quality and wellbeing outdoors).


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