At Sudbury Design Group, we strive to create personalized, unique landscapes that are imaginative, functional, and environmentally sensitive. Our in-house team approach and collaboration with other design professionals has been the key to our success over the years. Our experienced staff of award-winning landscape architects and designers will be available to you from the project’s initial consultation to its completion. Through careful planning and hands-on project management, we will transform your property into a stunning landscape that meets all your expectations.
The design process begins with an on-site consultation with a member of our design team to analyze your property and discuss your project goals. The consultation provides us with the opportunity to identify your project’s program and evaluate design considerations. You will have the opportunity to review our firm’s portfolio and other examples of work that may pertain to your project. We will guide you through the expected sequencing of the design process and asses your personal objectives, budgetary goals and expectations for the project completion.
After acceptance of a design proposal, the next step is to develop a plan of existing conditions which becomes the foundation of the design. We spend the necessary time on-site during our survey and site analysis to evaluate the existing landscape and architectural features in order to fully understand the space. Desirable and undesirable views, drainage patterns and environmental conditions are noted as design considerations. We are equipped to digitally survey each site in order to accurately represent the topography and existing features of the property, while also incorporating information obtained from other engineering or architectural professionals if available. Lastly, we will research and find solutions to any local, state, or federal regulations that could potentially affect your project.
Concept development starts by assessing the project program, client goals, and a mutually agreed upon expectation for the budget and timeline. We will analyze and overlay our existing conditions plan to determine the impact on design development. Every project and property is unique and as we work though a range of alternative solutions, we will begin to hone in on the design direction that most closely fits your needs and objectives. We will digitally and accurately draft this conceptual design to ensure its plausibility moving forward. A color-rendered drawing and any illustrative details will be presented to you along with a preliminary cost projection for the scope of work. We encourage continued client participation to review proposed construction materials and potential budget alternatives.
Upon approval of a design and budget presented at the conceptual stage, the process moves toward implementation. A comprehensive overall design is developed, which includes detailed specifications for various components of the project, such as grading, planting, lighting, and construction details. Decisions are made with the client to finalize contractor selection, project timeline and contracts. At this point Sudbury Design Group will assist in any necessary permitting issues that often impact landscape architectural projects. The permitting process typically includes preparation and presentation of detailed plans for town boards such as Planning, Zoning, Historic, and Conservation.
Throughout the construction process, Sudbury Design Group plays an active role in supervision and project management. Modifications to the design are often made in the field by the project manager as site conditions or expanded opportunities allow. We assist in the layout of construction components, approve properly completed work, and manage contractor requisitions for payment. We strive to maintain good working relationships with various trade professionals and encourage their input throughout construction. We work closely with the construction team and the client to see that every detail is properly implemented. It is our goal to ensure that the project is completed on time, on budget, and in a professional manner.
Mr. Coutu has been involved in the field of landscape architecture for more than four decades. He holds a degree in Landscape Operations from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts. He holds Massachusetts state licenses in Home Improvement and Construction Supervision.
As the president of Sudbury Design Group, Mr. Coutu has built a firm whose reputation is recognized not only for responsive master planning and design, but for its ability to manage the implementation process to a highly detailed level of completion. He has been involved in a variety of projects throughout the New England area, including large-scale residential, commercial, recreational and community-based endeavors. Mr. Coutu’s work has been featured in several professional publications and he is a full member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Mr. Indermuehle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Psychology and Planning from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Sudbury Design Group in 1985, he worked with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a project architect, he was involved with building restoration and period design, streetscape renovation, urban landscape and parks planning.
Scot’s focus at Sudbury Design Group is to integrate landscape and architectural elements into a cohesive whole, emphasizing historical context and materials. His diverse projects, whether urban courtyards, contemporary retreats or residential estates, each strive for functional clarity, and in so doing, complement his aesthetic aspirations.
In addition to residential design, he provides professional capabilities in architecture, land planning and golf course design, site engineering, permitting, and project management. Scot is a licensed Construction Supervisor in the state of Massachusetts.
Mr. Wallace holds degrees in Landscape Architecture and Fine Art from Rhode Island School of Design as well as degrees in Horticultural Science and Nursery Management.
Dan has been affiliated with Sudbury Design Group since 1985. His tenure at the firm has given rise to his many years of enjoyment by this union of both Art and Science. He has found that it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. No masterpiece was ever created by a lazy artist.
Mr. Ferland graduated in 1993 from the University of Rhode Island receiving a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. He is a Registered Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Peter has practical knowledge of landscape design and construction, having been self-employed prior to his employment with Sudbury Design Group. His other strengths include: site analysis, site layout, grading and drainage design and construction details.
As a project manager for 20+ years, Peter is responsible for all phases of a project from design to construction. His landscape creations come from his love for the outdoors and his respect for the natural environment. He enjoys client participation in the process and works closely with each client to achieve a cohesive landscape that meets the client’s needs and desires. He strives to achieve a landscape that takes advantage of the existing topography and natural features of the land, and that seamlessly blends to the built environment. He considers superior design and excellent customer service to be the primary components necessary for a successful project.
Mr. Picard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island where he graduated Cum Laude.
Michael joined the Sudbury Design Group in May 1998, bringing with him his expertise in CAD, site survey, site layout, design and color rendering.
Michael is a Registered Landscape Architect in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is responsible for running the firm’s Cape Cod location. As a project manager, he strives to create unique spaces that encompass both functional and aesthetic qualities. His commitment, technological expertise, quality, and attention to detail make Michael is a valuable member of the Sudbury Design Group team.
Mr. Coutu joined Sudbury Design Group in 2007 after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. He is conversant in CAD, 3D modeling, hand rendering, Photoshop, Sketchup, site survey and site layout. His experience is further enhanced by his construction experience, having worked for our construction division from 1998-2005. His exposure to both the design and construction sides of the industry has been an invaluable asset to his career.
Mr. Sullivan graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 from the University of Rhode Island, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Matt joined Sudbury Design Group in 2006 as a summer intern, working with the construction division. He returned for his second internship in the summer of 2007 in the design studio assisting in drafting, rendering and site surveying. Upon graduation in 2008, he joined Sudbury Design Group full-time.
Matt’s landscape designs evolve from every property’s unique characteristics and the integration of architecture throughout the outdoor spaces. His construction knowledge and attention to detail aid in successful and efficient project planning and execution. Matt’s dedication to client satisfaction and design integrity intertwine to create beautiful and functional landscapes. Matt holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor license.
Ms. Woodacre graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2012 from the University of Rhode Island, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Minor in Community Planning. During her enrollment at URI she was awarded the 2012 University Olmsted Scholar Award, the 2012 Excellence in Landscape Architecture Award and the 2011 South County Garden Club Award. Kelley was a member of the Varsity D1 Rowing Team for four years and served as Captain her Senior Year. She was named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference Team in 2012.
Kelley worked at Sudbury Design Group as a summer intern and joined full-time upon graduation in 2012. Her proficiency in hand rendering, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, SketchUp, AutoCad and ArcGIS make her a valuable asset to our staff. She is a strong supporter of sustainable and healthy living. Kelley’s determination, attention to detail, and energy is welcomed by Sudbury Design Group.
Fred holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island (2004) as well as a Certificate from the Winter School for Turf Managers from UMass Amherst (2011).
Much of his 12 years of experience is derived from working in the field in different capacities: Project Management, Nursery Manager, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent and managing various projects on large private estates from Southern NH to Lake Winnipesaukee. Fred has a strong attention to detail and communication skills necessary to meet the needs of his clients. Combining these experiences with his design and construction knowledge, he is a valuable addition to the Sudbury Design Group team.
Fred shares his passion for the landscape with his community, by volunteering for the Open Space and Recreation Committee in Haverhill. Working with the committees and other organizations in the Essex County, he hopes to enhance the experience residents have with their surrounding environments.
Mr. Reichheld graduated in 2012 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture. Jim has been in the field for nearly 10 years bringing hands on experience in landscape construction, nursery management and computer-aided design.
Jim joined Sudbury Design Group in 2015. He provides Sketchup modeling, AutoCad, Photoshop, InDesign, hand rendering and a vast knowledge of New England hardy plants.
Ms. Li graduated in 2016 from Cornell University, receiving a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. During her enrollment in school, Xiaowei received the Alumni Merit Scholarship, the Wadsworth Internship Scholarship, and the 2014 ASLA Award of Honor. She is also a member of Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society.
Xiaowei joined Sudbury Design Group in 2015 as a summer intern and returned to SDG as a full-time employee upon graduation. Her strong skills in rendering and model making, combined with her artistic style, attention to detail and international experience will add creative value to our team concept.