TALKING SHOP WITH MICHAEL A. GILKEY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS AND CONTRACTORS
Welcome Michael, tell us a little about your company and how you bring homes and landscape to life?
We are a full-service design-build landscape architecture studio. This means that for the vast majority of our projects, we provide not only the landscape design, but the exterior coordination, landscape installation, and long-term maintenance as well. This process allows us to help our clients’ outdoor experiences evolve, bringing the design intent to fruition.
You continue to collaborate on many projects with us, tell us a little about a few of our fabulous favorites featured here...
A Contemporary Classic on Longboat Key
Artistic clients charged us with creating an artistic landscape to respond to their beautifully modern structure. The design was capped off with a custom kinetic glass art piece. This point of focus, in concert with the hardscape lines and a rhythmic series of planters, draws one’s eye inward, to the front door.
Symmetry and Sweetness on Sarasota Bay
This project was such a pleasure to watch come together. The client had a desire for symmetry, color, and balance, and the result is a palette of materials that works in harmony with this bayfront home. The patterning in the driveway softens the expanse of hardscape needed for circulation.
Cherokee Park Estates
For this classic family home, we offered privacy and screening while maintaining a warm, welcoming aesthetic. We preserved large live oaks, which anchor the design of the front and side yards. We also incorporated several edible species and pollinator plants. A sport court, swimming pool and soft lawn create family fun in the backyard.
What influences you most and what beliefs guide you as you create incredible outdoor vistas and experiences?
I’m influenced most by the teachings of my father, though I also draw inspiration from music and nature. I’m guided by the belief that our job is to make houses feel more connected to the site they live on. We create outdoor rooms that integrate the interior with the exterior; hedges become walls, trees become ceilings, etc. Most of all, we believe that every challenge is an opportunity for a design solution...
Michael A. Gilkey, Inc. is a full service design-build landscape architecture studio in Sarasota, Florida. Alongside architects, builders, and discerning homeowners, we create exterior spaces that are direct translations of our clients’ visions.
and our team work so well because we truly collaborate. They involve us in conversations with the homeowner from the pre-design stage. The projects are more successful because of this integrative approach.