We hired Rhadiante to develop a plan for our home in Ben Lomond. We had a lot of property that had no cohesive design theme. Rhadiante produced a design that focused on native plant species, which fit well in our mountain community. She managed all the contractors for the “heavy lifting” parts of the landscape work, and helped us find plants at a reasonable price so we could complete the planting and final details. We were very pleased with the result! When we recently sold our home the new owners told us that the beauty of our landscaping was a big factor in their purchase decision. I plan to use Rhadiante again for our new house, and recommend her without reservation.
Rhadiante at Elemental Design Group is such a joy to work with. She landscaped our front, side and backyard into a wonderful Mediterranean garden with outdoor kitchen and sitting area paradise that I enjoy daily as it has matured over the years. Her expertise and knowledge of all things horticultural is broad and encompasses all styles. She has a great eye for beauty and detail and gives her clients the information and tools needed to maintain the landscape once she has finished the project.
If you are looking for a beautiful design that you will enjoy for years to come, give Rhadiante a call. She will autograph her work with excellence.
I just wanted to take a bit of time and heap some praise upon you. As you know, Nicole and I have spent the past 5 years planning and building the addition to our home in Pleasure Point. It’s a project that has literally been filled with blood, sweat and tears.
Since I have been so involved with the home, and done so much of the work myself it can be hard for me sometimes to involve someone else in the process, after all this was “my” project. Nicole and I always knew that while the house is something special, that is had some significant issues that would have to be addressed with the landscaping. I mean, who builds at the back of the lot and then wants to balance a driveway with privacy and safety?!?
We talked ideas for months (years!) and we both knew how the landscaping would make, or break, the look of the home and the utility of the yard. Eventually, I realized that we needed some new ideas. The very first time that you met with Nicole and I, we knew we found the right person to design our yard.
You listened to us and I feel like you “got” what we were asking for immediately. I have told people since then that while Nicole and I talked about ideas or years, you came up with fantastic idea that blends all our needs in just minutes.
The entire planning process was fantastic, the ideas you brought to the table and the way you listened again made us feel like you really understood what we wanted. Even in times were I don’t think we could have told you outright what we really wanted. You have in no small way helped us to make our house even more of our home. I cannot thank you enough for your involvement in this process. I literally cannot wait to see the plans move from the paper into reality.
I had my landscape plan drawn by Van De Voorde Elemental Design Group and it was fantastic! I was listened to and the end product was everything I wanted. Very creative and professional. I would recommend this team highly!
Very helpful and gave a lot of herself…
Thanks to Rhadiante we have a backyard that is so beautiful that people literally gasp when they see it. The work was done about 7 years ago and everything has grown in and looks fantastic. Rhadiante is a talented designer.
Rhadiante worked carefully with both of us to include the features we wanted. She provided us with renderings that allowed us to preview the layout and features. We received detailed sets of blueprints for the contractor – lighting, irrigation, hardscape, and plants. Rhadiante worked closely with the contractor to ensure everything was built as specified.
We got exactly what we wanted. Our backyard is an extension of the house and a great space for relaxing and entertaining. We’ve used it for a wedding and countless other functions with family and friends.
One thing I might do differently next time is to carefully consider how the sun moves across the yard – where and when it will be light/hot or cool/shady for the various “rooms” in consideration of how I plan to use the space.
Overall we are thrilled with the work done by Van De Voorde Elemental Design Group.
We first met Michelle Van de Voorde shortly after moving into our new home. Our house had a very large backyard and no landscaping. Together with Michelle and the contractors whom she hired, we created something beautiful to behold! My husband and I had contemplated the area for some weeks, a nd we knew what was important to us. Michelle added her creative touch to our ideas and developed a fabulous blueprint including patio, plants, trees, lawn and even a spot for a hot tub and a meditation garden. She knew exactly the right contractors to hire. Presto! Each day we are surprised and delighted as this beautiful garden unfolds!
It has been a wonderful experience working with Rhadiante and Larry on our landscaping project. Rhadiante is extremely professional and gets things done with such efficiency. Her designs are beautiful and she has worked with me to complete our entire property in phases.
I highly recommend that she does both the design and the build. By working with Elemental Design Group the entire way, I’ve had the peace of mind that things are being done with a unified vision and bringing an idea to life is extremely nuanced. With her at the helm, it has been a breeze for me.
I have received many compliments on our front yard and she is currently working on the backyard. I’m very positive that there will be a stream of compliments to come once everyone sees how wonderful it now looks, compared to before. I knew that I did not have the vision, time, or expertise to create a landscape that I now have and it will be such a pleasure to nurture this landscape for decades to come.
Very beautiful plans…. listens to and builds a rapport with clients.
We have worked with commercial architects and designers around the world and have been frustrated when our desires were ignored. Rhadiante’s team probed to understand how we wanted to use our space, actively listened to our concerns during both the design and construction phases, ultimately delivering a product that reflects not only what we wanted, but supports our lifestyle.
Gardens and Interiors
San Francisco Bay Area
Marin to Monterey