About

Coastal Vista Design is a Sanibel-based landscape architecture studio established by Leigh Gevelinger in 2016. Our studio's approach is rooted in deep appreciation for south Florida ecosystems, as well as a thorough knowledge of the unique challenges of coastal subtropical landscape design. We guide clients through a collaborative design process to achieve distinctive landscapes which fulfill client visions and celebrate coastal Florida living. Our studio's experience with all phases of design, from permitting to installation, positions us to offer exceptional service and successfully realize our client's visions for their properties. We engage with other professionals - including architects, custom home builders, and landscape contractors - to create remarkable outdoor spaces that celebrate south Florida coastal living. In addition to our built work's contribution to the public commons, Coastal Vista Design actively gives back to the community through involvement in charity sporting events and financial donations to local organizations.

Here are a few of the organizations we support.
Future Landscape Architects of America
Clean Drinking Water For Developing Countries

Leigh Gevelinger

Meet Leigh

Leigh Gevelinger, PLA, is a Florida licensed landscape architect with over 15 years of experience in the landscape architecture profession. As a Wisconsin native, she brings a practical sensibility to the landscape design and installation process. Her aim is to create sensitive design solutions that achieve client goals while respecting the unique landscapes that draw people to southwest Florida.

Leigh is equipped with a robust toolkit of professional achievements and experience. She graduated from University of Wisconsin Madison with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture in 2007. She received LEED AP certification in 2008. Following several years of professional practice in Wisconsin, Leigh moved to southwest Florida and has been working as a landscape architecture professional since 2010. She achieved licensure as a Florida Landscape Architect in 2013. She is also a City of Sanibel licensed landscape contractor.

Leigh is heavily involved in both professional and community service. Leigh’s professional service includes standing as ASLA southwest Florida section chair (2015-2017) and conference chair (2017-2018). As Section Chair, Leigh organized SW Florida ASLA’s First Annual Golf Tournament which helped raised over $9,000 for the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. Leigh’s community service began while she was still a student, volunteering in design and construction for underprivileged communities in Wisconsin, Montana, and Mississippi. Today, she donates to local organizations by competing in local community races and triathlons such as FISH of Sanibel, Sanibel CHR, and the Community Cooperative. Through Coastal Vista Design, Leigh has also been able to provide financial support for Charity Water and Keep Lee County Beautiful.

Adam-Ferendo

¿Qué tal? What’s up?

Adam brings ample amounts of experience and knowledge to the Coastal Vista Design Team. He is an experienced design manager who carries with him a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Spanish from Purdue University. He has a demonstrated history of working in the architecture and planning industry and has been a part of many different types of projects ranging from small intimate residential spaces to large scale master planned community developments. He aims to continually improve his practices with the team and colleagues around him and hopes to provide lasting design solutions to his clients.

When Adam is not exercising his creative abilities through the profession, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, drawing and painting. Him and his wife are avid travelers and often take trips to España to immerse themselves in the culture, food and art. He takes much inspiration from these journeys and they play a big part in his design character and style.

Lindsay Clark

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
- Warren Buffett.

With over 15 years in the landscape architecture industry, Lindsay’s design experience ranges from concept design through construction oversight on projects such as: high-end residential; including hardscape, driveway, landscape, lighting, irrigation and sound design; resort-style community amenities, park master planning, roadway and streetscape design, and community signage and theming. Lindsay has construction administration experience developing cost estimates, initial site evaluation, progress inspections and final project certifications. Lindsay’s experience includes specializing in code requirements for local and federal agencies, such as DEP and FDOT. Through a continuing services contract, Lindsay provided landscape plan review for the City of Hollywood.  Responsibilities included reviewing plans submitted for code compliance, participating in public plan review assistance, site inspections, and review for planning and zoning conflicts and compliance.

When Lindsay is not working, she can be found outside with her camera exploring trails, kayaking, and dog training. Lindsay also enjoys cooking and experimenting with new recipes, traveling, movies, and being immersed in a good book.

Andrea-Van-Buren

Meet Andrea

Andrea Van Buren is a Florida native, born in Coconut Grove near Miami. She has since lived in St. Croix, USVI, the Florida Keys and now Sanibel. Having lived in 4 very different locations all very closely associated with their surrounding tropical waters, she is very fond of the outdoors and has great respect for what the landscape provides for everything on earth.

Andrea has spent the last 10 years as a co-owner of a custom home building company located in Fort Myers with a client base in Sanibel and Captiva, providing exterior and interior design services and project management. Her new role at Coastal Visa Design is to support the design team and to facilitate design and selections for outdoor living spaces.

In her spare time Andrea enjoys working in her (native) garden, biking along Sanibel’s shaded pathways, watercolor painting and sailing in our beautiful Gulf waters.

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Residential

"Leigh was great to work with on the landscaping on our house on Sanibel Island.  She did a great job designing our landscaping and over-seeing the planting of the entire project. I would highly recommend Coastal Vista Design for any landscaping project."

Residential Remodel - Bob Preston

"I am extremely thrilled with Leigh’s work. Her vision, communication, follow through and end result have ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. We started with one project and are now on our fourth with Coastal Vista Design, I think that says it all!"

- Captiva Island, K. Moorehead

“Leigh Gevelinger of Coastal Vista design has truly transformed our property from a landscaping perspective, she can do it all! Extremely professional, a creative designer, extremely organized, resourceful and very well detailed. Keeps the owner in the loop of communication throughout the project. A truly collaborative approach with the owners, listening to their needs and vision. Understands budgets, and maintains a very high degree of quality and expectations from her resources. Dedicated to providing a quality product, and customer satisfaction. Would highly recommend!”

- Mitch & Nan

"Coastal Vista Design is a delight to work with. Leigh has great command of creative and interesting landscaping concepts. She is very customer focused and attentive to all aspects of the job. She exceeds expectations every time. She is a true professional in every sense of the word!!"

- Coastal Vista Design Client
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