Original conceptual design for a French Renaissance château.
Watercolor - copyright © 2008 Shane Kindschi

ost of Shane's Estate design work follows the more traditional model of a 19th Century self-sustaining, Estate. This typically includes a primary residence with many outlying support structures, such as a conservatory, stable complex, or guest houses, all of which can provide enough combined revenue to support the operating costs of the entire Estate.

The site's existing natural beauty is always given meticulous consideration to highlight any existing streams, springs, ponds, meadows, or vistas. Shane often  incorporates traditional design elements such as reflecting pools with architectural follies to create more private spaces. He frequently draws his inspiration from the pastoral style of landscape design, often implemented by Frederick Law Olmsted and Capability Brown.


Estate Plan in watercolor. Copyright ©1996 Shane Kindschi

Modern considerations often include a separate garage, pool house, or gate house, but Shane primarily camouflages these elements within more traditional structures like Conservatories, Orangeries, and Stable complexes. Non-traditional amenities such as on-site security, concealed helicopter approach strobes and well lit landing sites are also seamlessly incorporated into the Estate's overall design.

All design proposals included architectural models, elevations, conceptual site plans, lighting plans, and even a unique brand or logo for the Estate.