Nick has worked almost every position in the landscaping field, and that perspective, he says, gives him an advantage when creating living spaces and solving landscaping problems for clients. “I love solving problems by creating useful space. When you solve a problem creatively, it can make a dramatic difference in how the space functions or looks and how it feels,” Nick says. The Rosemount (MN) High School graduate worked in grounds crew maintenance and sales and as a landscape crew foreman, nature center intern and landscape designer while earning his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree at the University of Minnesota. One of his first jobs involved interior designers, architects and landscape designers, who worked in concert on lake properties. “In addition to being exposed to lake life and style, the experience gave me a holistic approach to design,” Nick says. Nick and his girlfriend are renovating a condo in Apple Valley. “Lots of people just want to solve a landscaping problem, and the other half want to create a useful space,” Nick said. “At Villa, we do both."