Meet The Team
Dedicated Landscape Design Professionals
R&A Water Features and Landscaping has a dedicated team of custom landscape design professionals ready to provide you with outdoor living space solutions designed to fit your needs and your lifestyle.
Located in Kalamazoo, we are your Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana custom landscape design firm. Contact us today to find out how we can help!
Andy Northey | Owner
Andy is the owner of R&A Water Features & Landscaping. Managing, overseeing, and participating in all facets of the company. R&A started with Andy and his brother Randy in 2004 and has experienced 11 successful years in the landscape and water feature industry. Andy's professionalism has been recognized as being a leader in the industry by NALP (National Association of Landscape Professionals, formerly PLANET).
He is also a member of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, HBA - Western Michigan, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Wayland Chamber of Commerce, Otsego Chamber of Commerce, and BNI - Leading Edge, to name a few. Andy was born and raised in Kalamazoo, and currently lives in Plainwell with his wife, Kari, and their two daughters.
I really enjoy designing and building water features, it has become my passion in life. The best part about water features is that each creation is unique and different, each suited to the clients taste. We are building pieces of art that are interactive, eco-friendly, and that bring people together...yet they that are different every time. This isn't just my passion, it's my lifestyle.
James Whittaker | Landscape Construction Supervisor
James is the Landscape Construction Supervisor, overseeing sales, construction, and design. Originally from Traverse City, Michigan, he moved to Kalamazoo in 2001. James received his Bachelor’s degree from Davenport University in business and has over 13 years of experience in the landscape construction industry. He has received formal training from Michigan State University, has experience working extensively with the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, and is on the Parks & Trails Board for Texas Township.
James currently lives in Kalamazoo with his wife, Kim, and their six-year-old twin daughters.
My favorite part of my work is that I get to use my creativity and construct really unique spaces. I feel that I am able to have a lasting impact on our clients and their families by being able to create beautiful outdoor spaces that bring people together. A place that they can enjoy for years to come and are happy to call home
Brianne Soful | Office Operations
Brianne manages the day to day operations at the office, as well as creating the 2D drawings and 3D models. Brianne received her Bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology in Interdisciplinary Studies
While most of her professional experience has been in the financial industry, she decided a change was in order and needed to follow her passion. Brianne currently lives in Portage with her daughter and their crazy minature pinscher, Harley.
When you can come to work every day and not feel like it's just a job, you've found your niche. My favorite part out of everything I do here, is designing. We approach each design as a team, which provides everyone the opportunity to contribute ideas for the benefit of the client. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I love the 3D modeling process. I try to make the renderings look as realistic as possible, so the client can clearly envision what their final product will look like.
Andy Timmons | Water Feature Construction Craftsman
Andy is the Water Feature Construction Craftsman and is responsible for building all the water features. Along with constructing water features, Andy also installs landscapes and hardscapes. He has been with R&A for six years, and prior to joining our team, he worked for 12 years as a carpenter. Andy was born and raised in Kalamazoo and is a die-hard Michigan fan. He also has a big soft spot for his fun-loving dog named Marty.
My favorite part of the job is that I get to be creative everyday. We’re doing different things than most landscaping crews in the area and I really have a passion for water features.