the environment
in which something exists

Context By Design your land planning and development resource ready to guide you in planning, design, permitting and construction.

Why Context By Design

25 Years of Experience

Context by Design evolved from years of knowledge gained working for large multi-disciplinary firms and small design firms.

Personal Attention

Immersed in each project, we learn about your goals and visions, applying them to site conditions, to deliver the result you desire.

Diverse Experience

We have insight into the project you imagine. Having touched nearly all functional markets of development, we have the understanding to bring your vision to reality.

Landscape Architecture Services


Conceptual design, anticipation of project components and requirements, organization of materials and/or contractors, scheduling, masterplanning.

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Hardscape & softscape improvements, pedestrian & vehicular circulation, layout & geometrics, grading & drainage, landscape & plantings (specializing in natives), improvements detailing.

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Building permits, clearing permits, conditional use permits, zoning change, site plan submittals, DEP & NRPA applications, Local, State and/or Federal development permits.

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Project Management

Owner representation, contractor identification & selection, construction observation, materials selection, plant procurement & selection, scheduling, progress documantation & reporting, conflict resolution.

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Landscape Architecture

What We Do

Residential Landscape Architecture

lifestyle: the context of living

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Commercial Landscape Architecture

branding: the context of perception

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Institutional Landscape Architecture

landscape: the context of pacemaking

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Municipal Landscape Architecture

community: the context of identity

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Our Projects

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Revitalization of the existing landscape to prepare home for sale. Involvement included design, plant procurement, contractor coordination, and installation oversight.

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Coastal Residence

Coastal Residence

Winter Harbor, Maine

Renovation of the existing landscape for new owners. Involvement included design, materials and plant procurement, contractor coordination, and installation oversight.

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Project Management, Residential

Project Management, Residential

Project management/owner representative. Involvement included contractor selection and coordination, schedule and budget maintenance, permitting and installation oversight in collaboration with a “designer from away.”

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Orono Village Green

Orono Village Green

Orono, Maine

Design of new green space for community events and performances. Involvement included community visioning, conceptual design, construction documents, and permitting.

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Bucksport Veterans Memorial

Bucksport Veterans Memorial

Bucksport, Maine

Design and detail a masonry monument that will represent to respect and appreciation of the townspeople for those who have served our country.

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Knowlton Park

Knowlton Park

Ellsworth, Maine

The city of Ellsworth had commissioned plans for a new park which were estimated to be twice the project budget. The city worked with Steve Ribble to remove approximately $250,000 from the estimate through value engineering while increasing recreational offerings.

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Air & Water Quality

Air & Water Quality

Ellsworth, ME

Having recently purchased an existing building and lot for their first remote store, the owner sought to improve the site’s appearance and functionality.

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