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As a Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant, my mission is to create homes that provide comfort and beauty and prioritize wildlife conservation. In an industry where such a specialized role is rare, I am privileged to be at the forefront of a movement that harmonizes human habitation with preserving our natural world. In this blog post, I invite you to explore my unique and valuable role in making the entire design and build process wildlife-friendly and centered on conservation efforts.

In today’s rapidly urbanizing world, the importance of wildlife conservation cannot be overstated. As habitats shrink and ecosystems face mounting challenges, we must approach home construction with a deep understanding of the impact our industry’s actions can have on local wildlife and their homes. That’s where I come in as a Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant, a title and service as unique as the homes I help create.

My expertise lies in integrating wildlife conservation principles seamlessly throughout the design and build process. While traditional approaches may inadvertently disrupt or displace wildlife, my approach embraces the idea that humans and animals can coexist harmoniously. By considering the needs and habitats of wildlife (both local and afar) from the initial stages of design to the final construction, we can create homes that provide sanctuary for humans and safeguard the ecosystems we share this planet with.

In the following sections, I will delve deeper into the significance of wildlife conservation in home construction and share how I actively promote this cause. From conducting thorough site assessments to identifying existing wildlife habitats and ecosystems to incorporating wildlife-friendly features into the home’s design and collaborating with architects and contractors, every step of my process is dedicated to creating homes which prioritize wildlife conservation.

But my role goes beyond the technical aspects of the design/build. I am also deeply committed to educating homeowners about the importance of wildlife conservation and providing them with the knowledge and resources to actively participate in preserving local ecosystems on their site during construction and well after their project is complete. Together, we can make a significant impact and ensure that our homes provide shelter for us and protect the habitats that countless species call home.

With that, join me on this journey as we explore how building wildlife-friendly homes can make a profound difference in preserving our natural heritage. Together, let us embrace a future where the design and construction of our homes contribute to the well-being of humans and wildlife.

Understanding the Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant

Defining the Role and Primary Responsibilities

As a Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant, my role is to ensure that every aspect of the design and build process aligns with wildlife conservation principles. From the initial conception to the final construction, I work closely with clients, architects, contractors, and other professionals to create homes that are aesthetically pleasing, environmentally conscious, regenerative, and stand as a symbol of our commitment to fight natural habitat loss across the globe – ‘because one home no longer needs to be sacrificed for the other.’

My primary responsibilities revolve around bridging the gap between architectural/interior design and construction practices. I bring an ever growing understanding of wildlife behavior, habitat requirements, and ecological systems to the table. By integrating this knowledge with 10+ years of experience in Interior Architecture, project management and/or within the business of design/build firms, I now focus my efforts in guiding the design process to minimize impact on wildlife and to maximize the potential for coexistence. All through an informed decision making workflow and creative design solutions.

Rarity and Exclusivity in the Industry

The role of my coined term/title of a ‘Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant’ is indeed a rarity in the industry. While many professionals focus on aesthetics, functionality, cost-efficiency, and rather generalized sustainability, the emphasis on wildlife conservation sets my services apart. Few consultants (if any others) possess this niche combination of home design and wildlife conservation under one roof. This flavor of refined and meticulous dedication, patience and passion to prioritize the needs of homeowners right alongside the wildlife impacted by it’s ripple effect is only found here. 

By offering this exclusive service, I can substantially impact wildlife preservation within the realm of the architecture & construction industry, interiors included. Through my guidance, homeowners can help protect both local ecosystems and those we impact but never see. Together, we can maintain and then improve the delicate balance between human development and the natural world.

Expertise in Integrating Wildlife Conservation Principles

Integrating wildlife conservation principles throughout the design and build process is a cornerstone of my expertise. I bring a comprehensive understanding of ecological systems local to my client’s site, and the specific needs of their local wildlife species to every project. By carefully considering factors such as the site location, surrounding habitat, and migratory patterns, I can tailor the design to enhance wildlife habitats and encourage biodiversity.

My expertise extends beyond theoretical knowledge. I have hands-on experience in implementing wildlife-friendly features and practices into construction projects. From sourcing reclaimed wood instead of FSC, creating wildlife corridors during construction, minimizing disruption during animal’s breeding and nesting schedules, installing bat-friendly lighting fixtures to minimize light pollution, plus much more.

And well after my interior architectural design services and design/build consultancy comes to a close for a project, I offer post-construction consulting to guide clients in enhancing the natural habitat surrounding the recent and still raw construction site. So, not only do you have my skill and knowledge at your fingertips thanks to a BFA in Interior Architecture, my added experience coordinating with design/build firms (where both under one roof proved to be very enlightening!), but you’re also reaping the best insights I have to share about coexistence – thanks to my offgrid lifestyle, well immersed in the rewarding, though equally unforgiving, elements of Mother Nature! As only one part of this home life consultancy package, I undertake an innovative approach: I aim to replicate the square footage of the home on the land, focusing on creating new natural habitats to ensure the homes of wildlife weren’t permanently sacrificed in order for the new structure to stand in its place.

And I seek to take it a step further whenever possible as well. By doubling the square footage instead, we not only compensate for the space occupied by the new home but also combat the negative impact of nearby development or imbalanced ecosystems due to neighbors and nearby businesses. Doing this also ensures the opportunity to preserve and incorporate existing natural features, such as trees, ponds, or wetlands, into the expanded habitat areas. Additionally, this doubling process allows us to establish wildlife corridors, enabling the movement and migration of animals between different ecosystems and microclimates. These efforts help to protect and connect habitats, promote biodiversity, ecological resilience, and the overall well-being of the surrounding environment.

I ensure that every design decision I make empowers wildlife conservation in one way or another – whether by protecting or restoring.

By infusing my expertise into the design and build process, I strive to create homes that provide comfortable and sustainable living spaces and serve as sanctuaries for wildlife. Through a delicate balance of aesthetics, functionality, and ecological sensitivity, I aim to inspire homeowners and industry professionals to adopt a more conservation-driven approach to home construction.

As we continue exploring the design and build of wildlife-friendly homes, the following sections will delve deeper into the importance of wildlife conservation in home construction and my strategies to promote harmony between humans and the natural world.

The Significance of Wildlife Conservation in Home Construction

Current Threats to Wildlife Habitats

The ever-expanding urbanization and increasing construction activities pose significant threats to wildlife habitats. As natural landscapes are transformed into developed areas and homes, wildlife faces fragmentation, loss of critical habitats, and restricted movement. Urbanization and the like can disrupt ecological connectivity, making it challenging for wildlife to find suitable resources, seek mates, and navigate their natural habitats. Construction activities further exacerbate these challenges, leading to habitat destruction, disturbance, and displacement of vulnerable species.

The Crucial Need to Prioritize Wildlife Conservation

It is essential to prioritize wildlife conservation in home construction due to the profound impact our built environment can and does have on ecosystems – again, local and worldwide – as every project has it’s ripple effect. By considering the needs of wildlife in the design and construction processes, we can mitigate these negative effects and foster a more sustainable and harmonious relationship between humans and wildlife.

Wildlife conservation in home construction is not merely an altruistic act but a responsibility we owe to future generations. By integrating wildlife-friendly practices into our homes, we contribute to preserving biodiversity, functioning healthy ecosystems, and the overall resilience of our planet. Each decision we make, from site selection to building materials and landscaping choices, can either support or undermine wildlife populations and their habitats. I’m here to help you with each choice. Learn about one way I do this right here.

Long-Term Benefits of Wildlife-Friendly Home Design

Designing and building homes that harmonize seamlessly with local wildlife brings numerous long-term benefits. Firstly, it helps preserve and enhance biodiversity by providing essential resources and habitats for various species. By encouraging wildlife to stay and feel safe during the construction occurring near their homes, by making informed and responsible choices during the sourcing of materials and fixtures, by incorporating elements into your land which encourage generations of wildlife to raise their young in your wildlife garden, etc, we create inviting spaces for birds, insects, and other wildlife to thrive right alongside you, contributing to the health and richness of the local ecosystem – to which you are included 🙂

Secondly, wildlife-friendly home design can contribute to a more balanced and resilient environment. Species interactions, such as pollination and seed dispersal, are facilitated when wildlife populations thrive. This, in turn, supports our natural surroundings’ overall health and productivity.

Lastly, wildlife-friendly homes offer homeowners a unique opportunity to reconnect with nature. Living in harmony with wildlife can provide a sense of tranquility, awe, and appreciation for the natural world. It fosters a deep connection to the environment and instills a responsibility to protect and conserve it for future generations.

By prioritizing wildlife conservation in home construction, we create physical structures and spaces that inspire and enable humans and wildlife to coexist. In the next sections, we will delve into the strategies and approaches I employ as a Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant to ensure that every home we create is a sanctuary that safeguards both the needs of homeowners and the well-being of local wildlife.

How I Promote Wildlife Conservation in Home Construction

Comprehensive Approach to Wildlife-Friendly Design and Build

My approach to making the entire design and build process wildlife-friendly is comprehensive and holistic. Wildlife conservation should be integrated from the beginning, starting with site selection and analysis, and continuing through and beyond the final construction stages. By addressing each phase of the process, I ensure that every aspect of the home contributes to wildlife conservation.

Site Assessments for Wildlife Habitats and Ecosystems

I conduct thorough site assessments remotely through study and with client collaboration to identify existing wildlife habitats and ecosystems as part of my process. This involves studying the surrounding landscape, mapping out flora and fauna, and assessing the ecological connectivity of the area. By understanding the site’s unique characteristics, I can make informed decisions that minimize disruption and preserve critical habitats.

Expertise in Incorporating Wildlife-Friendly Features

One of my core passions lies in incorporating wildlife-friendly features into the home’s design. This includes the creation of wildlife corridors, strategically placed native landscaping and animal-friendly structures as part of or near the home. Wildlife corridors serve as pathways for animals to navigate through the property. At the same time, native landscaping provides food, shelter, and nesting opportunities. Animal-friendly structures, such as bat houses and bird boxes, offer safe habitats for various species.

Additionally, I ensure that sustainable design principles are seamlessly integrated into the home’s construction. This includes utilizing environmentally friendly materials, incorporating energy-efficient systems, and minimizing light pollution to protect nocturnal wildlife. These are all core strengths, as I lean heavily on my field of Interior Architecture. 

Collaboration with Architects and Contractors

Collaboration with other professionals is vital in realizing the wildlife-friendly vision of the home. I work closely with architects, contractors, and other specialists to ensure that wildlife conservation principles are incorporated throughout the design and build process. By fostering open communication and mutual understanding, we create a collaborative environment where the needs of both homeowners and local wildlife are considered.

Together with architects, we integrate wildlife-friendly features into the architectural plans, considering factors such as building orientation, window placement to prevent bird collisions, and the incorporation of green roofs or living walls. With contractors, I provide guidance on implementing sustainable construction practices and ensuring that wildlife habitats are protected during the construction process.

This collaborative effort ensures that every element of the home, from its architectural design to its construction techniques, aligns with the principles of wildlife conservation.

By employing a comprehensive approach, conducting site assessments, incorporating wildlife-friendly features, and fostering collaboration with other professionals, I strive to create homes that seamlessly blend with the natural environment and serve as sanctuaries for local wildlife. In the upcoming sections, we will explore the significance of wildlife conservation in home construction and the long-term benefits of designing and building homes that coexist harmoniously with nature.

Educating Homeowners on Conservation Efforts

Educating and Guiding Homeowners

As a Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant, a crucial aspect of my role is to educate and guide homeowners on sustainable and wildlife-friendly practices. I recognize the power of knowledge and its transformative impact on individuals and their relationship with the environment. That’s why one of our core values here at Wildlifeel at Home is transparency – I love to teach the whats, whys and hows so you can take the knowledge, continue to build upon it, and pay it forward for others eager to do good in this world.

Through consultations and discussions, I take the time to explain the importance of wildlife conservation, the power you hold, and how we can actively contribute to preserving ecosystems. I share insights on the role of my clients’ homes in creating a positive impact, not only for their immediate surroundings but also for the larger ecological network.

Importance of Homeowner Education in Wildlife Conservation

Educating homeowners about wildlife conservation is paramount in fostering a sense of responsibility and empowering them to make informed choices. By understanding their actions’ direct and indirect effects (hence my consistent speak of ‘the ripple effect’), homeowners can embrace a more conscious lifestyle and advocate for protecting local ecosystems.

By highlighting the interconnectedness of all species, I emphasize that homeowners have a vital role in creating sustainable environments that benefit both human and wildlife populations. Through their engagement and commitment, they become stewards of the natural world, helping preserve and restore habitats for generations.

Providing Homeowners with Resources and Knowledge

I offer comprehensive guidance to ensure that homeowners have the necessary resources and knowledge to maintain a wildlife-friendly environment. This includes providing them with practical recommendations within the design/build process, impact reports, decision making tools, educational materials, and access to a network of specialists and organizations dedicated to similar missions as ours.

I equip homeowners with strategies for sustainable aesthetics, functions and landscaping, such as minimalism and zero-waste lifestyles, the beauty of imperfections in raw materials used in the house (what I like to call ‘Natural Luxury’), planting native species, creating pollinator gardens, how to collect rain water and renewable energy, etc. I also educate them on the importance of responsible wildlife interactions and how to coexist respectfully with the wildlife that may inhabit their property.

Additionally, I provide ongoing support to homeowners, offering workshops or working sessions, Q&A calls, and personalized advice tailored to their ongoing goals. By empowering homeowners with the tools they need, I ensure that the conservation efforts initiated during the design and build phase continue long after the completion of their homes.

By educating homeowners on sustainable and wildlife-friendly practices, emphasizing their role in preserving local ecosystems, and providing them with resources and knowledge, I empower them to participate actively in the ongoing conservation journey. Together, we can create a collective impact that transcends individual homes and fosters a culture of environmental stewardship in our communities.

Key Points

The Uniqueness and Significance of a Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant

As we’ve uncovered here, the role of a Conservation-Based Design/Build Consultant is rare and exclusive in the industry. With a deep understanding of wildlife conservation principles, this specialized role goes beyond traditional design and construction practices. By integrating wildlife-friendly features and fostering a harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife, I create homes that priortize comfort and ecological responsibility. This unique expertise brings valuable insights and transformative potential to the construction process.

The Value of Hiring a Specialist

Considering the importance of wildlife conservation and the benefits of wildlife-friendly home design, I encourage you to reflect on the value of hiring a specialist like myself. Specialists are rare gems in their chosen field, and each can bring a unique perspective to help you achieve what you crave. And in the case of wanting a beautiful home, yet feeling hesitant because you don’t want to cause harm to nature, well – I’m here and in your corner!

By engaging with my services, homeowners can ensure that their homes are aesthetically pleasing and aligned with their sustainability and environmental stewardship values. Through my guidance, they can contribute to the preservation of local ecosystems, support biodiversity, and positively impact wildlife populations.

We can create a significant ripple effect by embracing a conservation-based approach to home construction. Each wildlife-friendly home becomes a stepping stone towards a future where ecological balance is restored and our coexistence with nature is strengthened. I invite readers to consider the transformative potential of working with a specialist who understands the intricate relationship between home construction and wildlife conservation.

With that, let us forge a path toward a more sustainable and wildlife-friendly future together. By choosing to design and build homes prioritizing wildlife conservation, we can leave a lasting legacy for generations (feathered, fluffy and those kindred ;)), and one where humans and wildlife thrive side by side.


As an advocate for wildlife conservation and with experience in the design/build industry, Ashley fuses her passions to offer clients and trade professionals the solutions needed to craft homes that allow wildlife to keep theirs, too, because one home no longer needs to be sacrificed for the other. Ashley seeks to empower the well-being of nature and wildlife by reconnecting people and planet in a blissful balance and furthering the fight against natural habitat loss within her industry. Through Wildlifeel at Home, she highlights compassionate choices and teaches readers how to ‘Adopt the Alternative.'

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