DESIGN THAT'S BUILT TO TREAD LIGHTLY

Creating green infrastructure solutions to manage excess stormwater and enhance your natural landscape — the sustainable way.

Functionally Innovative Landscapes

We design, build, and grow innovative Green Stormwater Infrastructure and ecological landscapes. Backed by nearly two decades of green roof expertise, and a dedicated team of landscaping professionals, our sustainable solutions work to divert your excess water while freeing you from the headache of managing your own stormwater project.

From pre-planning to post-install, we take care of everything to create beautiful, ecological landscapes that tread a little softer.

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Green Roofs

A green roof — or vegetated roof, garden roof, living roof, or eco-roof — is a multi-layered system of plants, lightweight growing media, and other geotechnical components that are installed over a man-made, waterproof membrane. It's the most popular form of Green Stormwater Infrastructure and helps transform a rooftop into a beautiful amenity space.

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Rain Gardens

A rain garden includes native shrubs, perennials, and other vegetation, planted together within depressions in the landscape, usually along a natural slope. It's designed to allow for a large portion of stormwater runoff to soak into the ground rather than rush by, preventing erosion and other issues downstream.

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Green Roofs

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A green roof — or vegetated roof, garden roof, living roof, or eco-roof — is a multi-layered system of plants, lightweight growing media, and other geotechnical components that are installed over a man-made, waterproof membrane. It's the most popular form of Green Stormwater Infrastructure and helps transform a rooftop into a beautiful amenity space.

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Ecological Landscaping

Through an ecological and sustainable approach to landscaping, we use design practices that are rooted in long-term success. We employ native plant materials in our installations to manage stormwater, eliminate the cause and effects of erosion, and create natural habitats that encourage biodiversity and environmental richness.

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Green Walls

A green wall is a vertical, vegetated surface that can be installed indoors or out. It brings a dramatic design element to any project, with the added benefits of increased air quality and stormwater management.

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Green Streets

Green street installations use a combination of vegetated and permeable surfaces to provide a resilient system that supports a municipality's existing stormwater infrastructure. Used at street level, they reduce and slow down stormwater runoff volumes while increasing infiltration rates into native groundwater systems.

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Rain Gardens

A rain garden includes native shrubs, perennials, and other vegetation, planted together within depressions in the landscape, usually along a natural slope. It's designed to allow for a large portion of stormwater runoff to soak into the ground rather than rush by, preventing erosion and other issues downstream.

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Natural Shorelines

Natural shorelines couple eco-friendly components and plant materials together in a bioengineered system that provides a natural, vegetated buffer between your commercial or residential property and its neighboring body of water. It's an eco-minded solution that stabilizes a shoreline while protecting its ecosystem.

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Get smart with your stormwater budget.

Our Stormwater Treatment Train philosophy uses a combination of resilient and ecologically mindful landscape installations — like green roofs, rain gardens, green walls, porous paving, and other bio-infiltration systems — to effectively capture, filter, and evaporate your excess stormwater. The result: aesthetically pleasing landscapes that deliver a slower and reduced volume of runoff.

The graphic above depicts the different possible stages of a Stormwater Treatment Train process, which in this example, moves rainfall generally from left to right.

About Us

Not Your Typical Landscaper

We’ve got a keen understanding of horticulture, landscape architecture, engineering, and architecture, as well as the know-how to bring your outdoor space to life. We’re also serious about our environment’s health and creating resilient, sustainable communities to support it.

With experience in design, construction, policy-backed consulting, and project management, we’ve learned to look at things differently.

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Leave It to Us

Our varied experience and technical expertise allow us to handle all of your details, from concept to completion. We break down communication barriers and keep things moving efficiently, bringing you the triple bottom line (economic, environmental & social) benefits you expect. 

From the moment we draft the first set of plans to the day we install your plants — and even after, when we return to care for them — we manage your project so that you don’t have to.

A project’s success hinges on proper planning and thoughtful design. It also helps when there’s firsthand experience behind the technologies and systems being proposed. We always consider materials sourcing, installation logistics, and associated costs when creating your design so that you’re not stuck paying for any surprises or oversight down the line.
We don’t blindly pass off a set of plans to our installation team to implement. Instead, the construction of your design is closely connected, with your designer often playing the role of project manager on site. This hands-on experience means fluidity and time-saving efficiency for your project, with the end result meeting — and exceeding — your expectations.
We’re unique in that we consider the maintenance of your landscape during the design process. So it comes as no surprise that our job is not done after the plants are installed. Making sure the vegetation is establishing well and thriving is part of our continued commitment to your project’s success. We deliver the necessary maintenance and education for you to be fully satisfied and for the landscape to remain sustainable for years to come.
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Get creative: Finance your next project with PACE.

Use the equity in your property to capitalize the funding for your next project. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Financing provides low-cost, zero-down loans for qualifying green technology installations. We were the first PACE contractor to use this type of funding to pay for Green Stormwater Infrastructure and — having recently completed the largest PACE-funded green roof in the U.S. — we’ve figured out the ‘secret sauce’ when it comes to making these ‘green’ projects a reality.

Learn how we’re continuing to build partnerships with private equity firms and other project stakeholders to take this clean energy funding nationwide.

Featured Projects

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At Inhabitect, we’re committed to sharing our knowledge of green stormwater infrastructure and ecological landscaping with our clients, collaborators, and community. We’d love to discuss your ideas and how we can help.

DESIGNING. BUILDING. GROWING.

Bringing a new meaning to ‘GREEN.’

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