Mike Kaiser of Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architects is just that type of resplendent cohort. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mike has joined hands with us on at least two dozen projects and each have richly benefitted from his presence. Whenever we’ve brought Mike into a venture, it’s like having coffee with a long-known kindred soul – unsaid thoughts are completed and the unresolved becomes comfortably settled.
Landscape architecture is so much more than arranging shrubs. In describing what a landscape architect does, basically their work begins where the building envelope ends. They orchestrate drives, pools, terraces, property walls, courtyards, steps, gates, drainage – everything that falls within the panorama of the property. Much design exploration is done before a tree or flower bed is placed on site. Therefore it’s imperative that the themes we establish on the house continue into the surrounding vista. What good is a beautifully designed bay window if there is no response to it? It’s like a design version of dueling banjos – one musical refrain needs to be answered accordingly.
I cannot speak highly enough of Mike and his group’s work on our projects. His keen design sensitivity entwines perfectly with what we begin on the inside. Our concepts and themes are broadened beyond the confines of the building and the land is brought together in a seamless whole. What we start at a seating group broadens into the horizon.
Recently I was with Mike at a job we were wrapping up and as I looked around, he was literally up in a tree pruning away unnecessary branches. On another project, I’ve witnessed him arranging enormous palm trees like an expert florist arranging flowers. That type of attention is found in all his doings.
At the risk of sounding like a bad chick flick, he completes us.
Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley
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