Jim DiNovo, ASLA, President Jim is a New Hampshire native and a 1998 graduate of Londonderry High School. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. He founded Design Works in 2006 and has nearly 20 years of experience in designing, building and managing residential and commercial landscape projects. Jim’s skill is unique in that he has the ability to generate plans for the most simplistic and stylish front walkways to the most intricate backyard pool designs and patio spaces, and then build them well. Under his leadership, the Design Works Team has won awards including Gold in the “outdoor living space” and “landscape design” categories from the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire and has been featured in the Belgard Hardscapes Catalogue. As Design Works steadily grows each and every year, Jim’s passion and dedication to his clients and the field of Landscape Architecture and construction grows with it.
“My passion for the landscape and hard work began as a child, when my sister and I spent summer weekends in Albany, New York working with our Grampa and Grandma in their family Greenhouse. We would spend hours filling empty flats with soil and seeds. After a hard day’s work, Grampa would squash a tomato and rub it our hands to wash off the dirt. Gardening inspired me. Later in life, my love for the garden translated into my love for plants and what they are capable of in many different environments. My career was also initially inspired by my mom, Karen DiNovo. She is a talented artist who specializes in portraiture inspired by still life, wildlife and landscapes. Being a witness to her craft taught me the basics of art and artistic media. Naturally, when it was time to choose a career, I knew it had to provide a balance between gardening and art. Landscape Architecture has been the perfect outlet. I feel fortunate to be able to draft up creative landscape designs and to use my many years of construction experience to do a really good job building our client’s vision.”
Jennifer DiNovo, ASLA, PLA, Principal Jennifer is a third-generation Landscape Architect with 10+ years of experience in landscape design and construction, site planning, permitting, graphics, and regional planning. Jennifer’s professional philosophy is based on using her education and expertise to improve development projects, communities, and small-scale residential projects with smart, innovative, and thoughtful design that realize the importance of quality and the significance of natural environments. She has extensive experience in planting design, general landscape architectural and engineering processes, site and land use planning, local government regulations and permitting, and working with the public and municipal offices. She is also skilled in applying computer design technologies to present graphics that aid her client’s visualization of designs/understanding of realistic site constraints.
Jennifer is a registered landscape architect in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and a LEED Accredited Professional. Jennifer actively volunteers on the Executive Board of Directors for the Granite State Landscape Architects. Jennifer’s career outside of design-build includes 7 years working as a landscape architect at a multidisciplinary firm in Southborough, MA, 2 years working as a regional planner for a Regional Planning Commission, an internship at a well-known landscape architecture firm in Boston, and landscape construction experience in the Berkshires.
“My love for the landscape stems from a whole family of landscape enthusiasts. Currently, I collaborate at Design Works with my husband, Jim DiNovo, my brother, Adam Tomich, and our talented team. Working in a family business comes natural to me because I grew up learning and appreciating the landscape craft from my granddad (registered LA), dad, and uncles. As a youngster, I had the pleasure of sitting on Grandad’s lap at his drawing table and having my dad quiz me on the latin names of trees as we’d walk along hiking trails. As a teenager, I worked with the boys doing construction and learning about the characteristics of specific plants, natural stone patios, installing lighting, irrigation, etc. And as a young adult, I followed in my dad’s footsteps by obtaining a BSA degree in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Program from UMass Amherst in 2005, where I even shared some of his professors from 20+ years earlier. These days, Jimmy and I love spending a lot of time working in our own garden and exploring the White Mountains with our daughters and son.”
We’re fortunate to have a team of talented and courteous professionals, who really love and take pride in what they do. Please feel free to reach out and say hello to any of our field staff during a project. We’re all working together to achieve the absolute best results!
Adam Tomich, Operations Manager Adam joined Design Works in 2009, relocating from the beautiful Berkshires. He is a 2003 graduate of Mt. Everett in Sheffield, MA and also attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts where he studied business and played collegiate soccer. Adam is a 3rd generation landscape professional and his career includes nearly 15 years of experience working with natural stone, interlocking pavers and concrete block products, plants, lighting, irrigation, and managing construction teams.
Adam is a key asset to the Design Works team, as he is the point person for communicating and creating exceptional relationships with our current, prospective, and past clients, vendors, and business associates. He also manages the daily operations and works hard to maintain an excellent team of employees. We are proud to have him in this role. Adam consistently greatens his professional status in the industry. He has certifications in the Interlocking Concrete Masonry Institute (ICPI Certified), Advanced Residential Paver Installer (ICPI), National Concrete Masonry
Adam consistently greatens his professional status in the industry. He has certifications in the Interlocking Concrete Masonry Institute (ICPI Certified), Advanced Residential Paver Installer (ICPI), National Concrete Masonry Assocation (NCMA), Ideal Pavers Advanced Wall Contractor, and Techo-Bloc Certified Pro Contractor. He also maintains a CDL License.
“Having come from a Landscape Design firm that was built from the ground up by my granddad and father, my passion for artistic worksmanship and scaping the earth was instilled at a young age. I take great pride in the work that I do and I have such a love for the beautiful spaces that I create for our clients to enjoy.” Adam is an avid artist and soccer fan. He also enjoys working on his home in Merrimack, NH where he resides with his wife, Courtney, and their son Austin. Like the rest of us, Adam and his family share a passion for spending quality time enjoying the outdoors all year round.