Bring Your Home & Landscape to Life

Have you ever noticed the way different homes feel? What’s different about the ones that feel happy, comfortable, and secure compared to the uninspiring, cold, stark houses that leave you disconnected?

You might think it’s a matter of home decor and paint. And sure, those can help, but there’s way more to it.

When you peel back the layers of what we call the true “nature of home”, it’s about:

  • Interrelationships of spaces
  • Windows/doors/walls/ceilings height and placement
  • Building science principles
  • Connection to nature and landscape

How these components are designed and integrated together makes a pleasurable home that allows you to thrive. Unfortunately, only around 2% of houses built in North America are built with an architect. And if you subtract the custom-built McMansions, only a small portion is left.

Home builders are usually the ones driving home design with an architect to sign off on the plans. The problem is home builders goals are to complete the house as fast as possible for the most amount of profit.

So, chances are that your home was poorly designed.

Nature of Home will teach you about these essential home qualities and how to incorporate them. Making your house a home that is a pleasure to live in. Whether you’re building, remodeling, doing a DIY home improvement project, or landscaping. We can help you create your dream home.

Authors & Editors


Nancy Maffia


Nancy has been a plant person from an early age. That interest blossomed into a bachelor’s in biology from Elmira College and a master’s degree in horticulture and communications from the University of Kentucky. Nancy worked in plant taxonomy at the University of Florida and the L. H. Bailey Hortorium at Cornell University, and wrote and edited gardening books at Rodale Press in Emmaus, PA. Her interests are plant identification, gardening, hiking, and reading.

Rhianna Quanstrom

Rhianna Quanstrom


As an herbalist, my goal is to connect people with the healing powers of nature. Through my writings and herbal concoctions, I aim to guide others toward a healthier lifestyle using time-honored methods. With over four years of experience studying herbalism and organic gardening, I offer my knowledge to inspire others to explore the natural world, cultivate their own gardens, and rediscover their bond with the earth.

Davin Eberhardt – Founder

Davin: Professional Jack-Of-All-Trades
Anthony Archer-Wills (Water Feature & Landscape Designer & Animal Planet TV Show: The Pool Master) & Davin

With about two decades spent in the commercial construction industry as an IBEW electrician, Davin has been involved with many buildings during construction- and has learned what makes a good building. Along with studying some of the greats in the industry, such as Frank Llyod Wright (yes, he did have some failures and his designs were not for everyone, but his aesthetic principles were sound).

Along with his passion for great buildings and architecture, he is also driven by nature. Completing permaculture design training by Geoff Lawton. Who was an early pioneer of the permaculture movement. Main topics covered:

  • Concepts and Themes in Design
  • Methods of Design
  • Pattern Understanding
  • Climatic Factors
    • Trees and their Energy Transactions
  • Water
  • Soils
  • Earthworks and Earth Resources
  • The Humid Tropics
  • Dryland Strategies
  • Humid Cool to Cold Climates
  • Aquaculture
  • The Strategies of an Alternative Global Nation

Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) Training

Davin has also completed professional training in building science.

America’s Housing Needs Assistance  

BPI training certificate

 A large portion of the 130 million houses in this country was built before building and energy codes were created. The homes are usually plagued with issues with performance ranging from poor energy efficiency to thermal comfort and problems with indoor air quality.  

 To address these issues, the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) was formed in 1993. BPI has grown to become the country’s leading standards-setting and credentialing agency for upgrades and audits of residential energy systems and work. BPI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  

 BPI is managed by a committed Board of Directors and a staff of more than 20 clients, including Marketing, Customer Relations Operations, technical personnel.  

 Vision: BPI is the base of the residential construction performance sector, making houses energy-efficient, cozy, and long-lasting.  

 Goal: To bring the advantages of home performance to homeowners across the country through high-quality standards, accreditations, and assurance services in the home’s performance and weatherization industry.  

 ANSI Accreditation
BPI is recognized through the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI) as an author for American National Standards and the ANSI National Accreditation Board under ISO/IEC 17024 as an accredited body to certify the Energy Auditor professional certification. BPI is aware of the importance of being impartial when its credentials can manage conflicts of interest and assure the objectivity of its certification procedures.  

All of this makes Davin a unique resource. Not many people have as wide a range of knowledge and experience to draw from.

Media Features & Quotes

press and media mentions

“Knowing which renovations are a good return on investment can help you make informed decisions,” says Davin Eberhardt, a home designer, remodeler, and founder of Nature of Home, a home improvement website. He recommends choosing finishes and products that won’t look dated. (Case in point: avocado- or tangerine-colored appliances.)
Better Homes & GardensWhat Is the Average Cost to Remodel a Bathroom? How to Budget Accordingly –
Los Angeles Times
Understanding Appliance Energy Ratings – Quoted Interview – Link
U.S News & World ReportHow to Set Up a Rainwater Collection System – Quoted Interview – Link
realtor.comTake It Outside! Easy, Affordable Decor for the Backyard of Your Dreams – Quoted Interview –

Homes &
Peonies not blooming? Here’s why –
How to wash microfiber couch covers – expert steps to a spotless statement seat – Link
One way to bring rock gardens to life is to include the Japanese practice of raking gravel to mimic water – called samon,’ says Davin Eberhardt, founder of Nature of Home.”
Yahoo8 Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements That Add Value –
Home Remodel ProWhat are some window styles for better ventilation? Quote –
Aol.8 Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements That Add Value –
Bankrate“Utility companies are also offering rebates on electrical appliances, such as induction cooktops and heat pump water heaters and HVAC systems,” Along with the high upfront costs involved with moving away from gas, energy-efficient appliances like electric heat pump water heaters are still relatively new technology that can come with a high price tag.” –
Morning AgClipsThe Verdict is Here on America’s Favorite Vegetables — Here’s How to Grow Them – Link
GardeningMentor.com6 Crucial Reasons Planter Boxes Need A Bottom (With Expert Comments) – Link
Tree Vitalize“Finding the best trees for small gardens starts with your USDA growing zone and why you’re planting trees.
If planted for shade or decoration, some favorite trees are Redbud, Japanese maple, Saucer Magnolia, Jelly King Crab Apple, Carolina Silverbell, Hawthorn, and Flowering Dogwood.’
clearsuranceHome Improvement Injuries: An ER Visit Analysis – Link
GO Banking RatesSpelunking in the Basement: 10 Tips on Finding Hidden Treasure in Your Home – Link
MSN8 Do-It-Yourself Home Improvements That Add Value – Link
Making homemade mosquito repellent (balms are best for traveling, as aerosols and liquids have restrictions on planes) can alleviate some risks. And, most likely, it will save you money compared to purchasing it in another country.” – Link
“If you have some spare space or land, growing high-value cash crops can be an excellent side hustle to get to retirement faster. Some homeowners make up to $10,000 per month selling microgreens from their basement. ” – Link
“It is easy to think something will get continual use, but after using it for the first time, you gain more knowledge and realize you won’t need it as much as you thought.  Plus, additional savings exist on not requiring maintenance, storage, etc.”Link