Creating beauty and order in the space between outdoors and indoors. 

At Ian Moore Design, we create lasting rooms that are open to the influence of the sun, wind and rain while creating a sense of place and comfort for people. We believe that there is no greater beauty than the interplay of finely crafted architectural objects balanced with the atmosphere afforded by the outdoor elements. In order to achieve a durable and lasting impact in this setting, we rely on attention to detail in design, selection of appropriate quality materials, and a high level of craftsmanship in our installations.

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An eclectic,
inspired approach

Our design is influenced by the myriad influences at play in the Bay Area - from the ancient to the cutting edge - Japanese gardens, Moorish and Mission Revival, the Craftsman tradition, California Modernism, and on to current sustainable technologies.

We have the capacity to work with a wide variety of materials as dictated by our client’s vision. We are experts in wood, metal, stone, concrete, and plants and are alway enthusiastic to expand our palette and techniques. Each design and installation project is an opportunity for us to further our craft, mastery and passion.

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Ian Moore and his crew transformed an old, mishmash, chopped up space in our back yard into a bright, open, clean, inviting bluestone patio that has transformed our backyard.
— Valerie, Client
 
 
 
 
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Ian

Owner, Contractor, Designer

The son of an architect and artist, Ian learned from his parents that everything humans build is based on a set of design decisions and that every act of building is worthy of careful thought. Fortunately, Ian also learned a love of the outdoors and to look beyond what humans can do for equal inspiration. As a result, Ian thinks expansively about landscape design; from the primary architectural elements, the planting and through to sculptural elements and furnishings. Ian also thinks intently about the unseen yet critical infrastructure elements of the project – from paving base, to drainage systems, to utility placement.

Ian brings a variety of insights and priorities to his work - an artist’s inclination, a builder’s practical problem solving and efficiency, and a trained designer’s penchant for internal consistency and excellence in detailing.  Once he is engaged in building a project, Ian provides clear and consistent guidance for his team at every step. He takes great pride in both design and construction and puts his heart and soul into every project.

 
 
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Dan

Crew, manager

Daniel Reiff studied art with a focus on sculpture and photography. After living abroad Dan wound up in the Bay Area and fell in love with the plant life here, he then went on to study horticulture and sustainable agriculture.  Working for Ian Moore design satisfies dans interest of crafting spaces using steel, stone, wood, light, and plant materials.

 
 
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Cameron

Crew

At the age of 7 Cameron began a 12 year apprenticeship with ceramicist Tom Collins in Sonoma, California. This was the foundation on which he built his relationship with the arts. He later found a love for woodworking as an assistant to Kyle Jones of Kaw Valley Guitars in Lawrence, Kansas. In returning to the Bay Area he sought to further his training in the trades and considers his work at Ian Moore Design as being a part of large scale art installations.

 
 
 
 

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Our in-house fabrication shop

In our work there is often a small object, a structural detail that is visually obvious, or even a major element, that we very much want to create ourselves. Or, perhaps, this element is on the critical schedule path, requiring that we control the production schedule. For these reasons, we have cultivated a variety of custom fabrication capabilities.

Ian Moore Design maintains an active fabrication shop with wood, metal and concrete capabilities. In our Richmond shop we can complete quick turnaround wood milling and carpentry, small scale metal fabrication and welding, as well as concrete countertops and furniture. Typical in-house fabrication elements include gate frames and architectural-grade fence components, pergola and trellis components, countertops, outdoor kitchen cabinets, and custom lighting.

 
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Quality Collaborations

When we are not producing our own custom garden elements at Ian Moore Design, we have the pleasure of partnering with a wide variety of crafts people and trades people.  We have excellent partners in landscape maintenance, plumbing, electrical, demolition and hauling, precision metal fabrication, concrete pumping and finishing, and other licensed trades and specialties. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area we also have an incredible wealth of vendors providing unique and high quality elements for the contemporary landscape from lighting, outdoor heating elements, furniture, and every conceivable element for the garden.

 
 
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