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Everything you need to know about finding a Landscape Architect

A well-designed garden is functional and enjoyable without harming the surrounding environment.  Gardens can also significantly increase the value of your home, so taking the time to speak with a landscape architect will ensure that your garden will give you the best return for your investment as well as giving you hours of pleasure.

What Landscape Architects Do

Photos courtesy of John Harper and Bruce Landscaping


Landscape architects are involved with the placement of buildings, structures and roadways.  The emphasis is placed on the design and planning stages, with the landscape architect starting out with preliminary plans and sketches before moving on to detailed plans and documentation.  The detailed plans that are produced are used to show exactly how the garden is to be laid out and completed.

Landscape architects also:

  • consult with clients and other professionals (such as architects and engineers)
  • gather information about soil structure, drainage, existing or proposed buildings, natural rock formations, any conservation requirements and the movement of the sun and shade etc.
  • draw up site plans for approval by the client
  • prepare lists of the building materials required to complete the project
  • prepare detailed working drawings of the site – these show things such as the location of buildings, walkways and roads, land contours, drainage systems, and the vegetation to be used
  • supervising  and inspecting the project at appropriate intervals
  • entering into dispute resolution where necessary

Choosing a Architect

Photo courtesy of Umbaco Landscape Architects


Landscape architects are highly qualified and are often university-trained.  When choosing a landscape architect for your project, look for one that is experienced.

Take the time to speak with the professional to ensure that they understand your needs and can work to your vision.  Ask to see their portfolio or, even better, visit the gardens of some previous clients.

Always ensure that you agree to the price before signing any contracts or otherwise entering an agreement with the professional.

How Much Does a Landscape Architect Cost?

Landscape architects can charge anywhere from $70 to $250 per hour for their services. Expect a technician or landscape architect with less experience at the lower end of the range, while you will get the services of a principal, partner or associate at the top end. Practically speaking most will work on a percentage fee, based on the total project cost, and could range from 6 per cent to 20 per cent depending on the type and complexity of the project.


 

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