Make Your Neighborhood Better!

Firma Design Group prides itself on creating communities in our designs, whether they be single family residences or entire neighborhoods.  We take a look at all of the contributing factors (otherwise known as a site analysis) for a site and make recommendations to our clients for making communities or neighborhoods.  An article I recently came across is “25 Tips for Making Your Neighborhood Better” and the recommendations that are made in the short article are wonderful suggestions that any neighborhood, community or family can make on existing or proposed sites.  Some favorites of ours include:


1.  Give people a place to hang out.

4.  Give people a place to sit down.

8.  Make the streets safe.

12.  Don’t forget about the needs of kids.

15.  Remember the best neighborhoods, even in big cities, feel like villages.

25.  Take the time to have fun and enjoy what’s already great about your neighborhood.


Firma Design Group designers and planners are specialists in creating neighborhoods and community spaces, please call upon us to help design your public space or neighborhood development!

Custom Home specialists


With a keen eye towards detail, we have been specializing in custom home design for the 12 plus years we’ve been in business.  From as far south as Carmel, all the way up to Healdsburg, we’ve been sought after for straight forward projects and challenging ones.  Our vast experience with custom homes means we know what questions to ask to better get your project approved, on time and at or under budget.  We have worked most extensively in Marin County, both in the unincorporated areas and every city within the county.  Call or email us today to ask how we can help on your home.

Local Landscape Architect designer of 2012 London Olympic Park

Have you been watching the Olympics?

Well, everything that you see when watching the Olympics has been designed by a local landscape architect, George Hargraves.  His firm, Hargraves & Associates, is based in San Francisco, but he lives in Santa Rosa most of the time!  Landscape architects have the capability to design massive and complete parks, campuses, universities, cities and towns.  Our background allows us to be comprehensive and sensitive to the existing features and environment.

I have watched a lot of the Olympics, and his design is pretty amazing – viewing it from the sky, or as you walk along the pathways, the design has been successfully implemented!

Take a look at the Press Democrat article from last Sunday!

Please don’t hesitate to contact Firma Design Group for your planning, civil engineering or landscape architecture needs!  We are vying to design the Olympic Park in 2020 in either Istanbul, Tokyo or Madrid – we’re voting for Istanbul, Turkey!


Sunset 2012 Idea House

Firma is proud to be a part of the design team for the Sunset 2012 Idea House in Healdsburg.  Lead by the architects at Blu Homes, this project utilized the Blu Homes Breezehouse, which is prefabricated right in Vallejo, and then assembled onsite.  Firma provided design review and construction documents for the grading and drainage and utility plan design, as well as incorporating the temporary pad for the crane that is used to place the house.