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7 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect

by | Aug 27, 2020

Robert Markley

Robert Markley is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience working with clients to provide excellence in landscape design, project management, and installation services. He also possesses a rare combination of skills as a horticulturist, licensed Landscape Contractor, and licensed Irrigation Contractor, equipping him to provide a comprehensive and practical approach to any project, big or small. He takes pride in helping our clients envision and create amazing outdoor spaces that are enjoyed now and for years to come.
Whether you’re interested in improving your current home or working on a new one, you’re probably dealing with landscaping issues. Some landscaping improvement projects are so extensive that you need a professional that can fully outline your vision. That’s where a landscape architect comes into play.
They Have Focused Expertise
Landscape architects specialize in designing outdoor spaces that combine the natural and constructed elements of the area. To be able to do this, they must complete at least an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture. Landscape architects must also obtain a license and remain aware of the laws related to factors such as construction, drainage, public safety, ADA guidelines, water quality, and more.
They Can Execute Your Vision Flawlessly
Whether you have a simple idea or a grand vision for your outdoor space, a landscape architect has the skills to create a workable design. They’re trained to use your ideas to provide a handmade drawing or a plan using CAD software. They’ll also conduct thorough research on your site to ensure that what you’ve proposed can be accomplished.

They Can Incorporate Natural Elements
If you’d like to have green spaces such as rain gardens, low maintenance gardens, or natural swimming pools, a landscape architect is what you need. They’ll be able to assess your location and provide recommendations based on the native plants or ecosystem in your area.
They Can Create an Energy-Saving Design

For homeowners that are interested in energy efficiency, landscape architects can help to construct a complementary outdoor space. By incorporating the right trees at the right locations in your design, it will be easier to manage your home’s heating and cooling costs. Additionally. adding in LED night-lighting offers energy efficient lighting that looks as beautiful as it is functional. 

They Can Create a Water-Saving Design
Conserving water is integral to helping the environment and managing your utility bills. A landscape architect can design your outdoor space with this in mind. To do this, they would integrate water-saving elements like drip irrigation and permeable pavements.​
They Provide a Functional Design
When designing your outdoor space, a landscape architect will consider not just the structures or features you requested but also how the area will be used. Things like traffic flow and frequency of use will play heavily in the proposed layout. By taking this approach, your outdoor space will remain beautiful even while being used.

They Optimize and Maximize Your Space
A lot of planning goes into designing an outdoor space. A landscape architect will spend time on your site, research your area, and develop a plan that considers your budget, climate, and environmental risk factors. When they do that, you’ll have a personalized design that accounts for space restrictions, state regulations, and the health of the home’s occupants while also creating the dream space you have been looking for.
A landscaping architect isn’t there to cut your grass. They’re available to completely transform your outdoor living space. If you have a landscaping vision, your best bet is working with the professionals to bring it to fruition. That way, you’ll have an area that is both functional and personalized.
It’s also worth noting that a well-designed outdoor space will increase your property value and boost your home’s appeal if you decide to sell it in the future.

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