If you’re thinking about renovating your yard, give serious thought to hiring a landscape architect. An architect will have the expertise help guide you to a great plan of action, and help you get you the most out of your money. Below are some of the benefits of hiring a professional to overhaul your landscape.
Leave the Planning to the Architect
Landscape architects are trained to think about landscapes as systems. They will ensure that any problem areas in your yard are identified and will design a plan that addresses both the big picture and smaller details. They will deal with the particulars so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your space.
Increase the Value of Your Home
Hiring a landscape architect can add as much at fifteen percent to its value over comparable homes in your neighborhood. A landscape architect can also create ways to extend your outdoor living space. They will help you create a space that is both inviting and environmentally pleasing. Looking for lighting for outdoor spaces and garden areas? A landscape architect can develop a plan for placement of lighting, including uplighting of specimen trees, timers, solar lighting and determine the best types of light fixtures for specific spots.
Trees, Trees and More Trees
If you need a little more greenery in your life, landscape architects know where to place trees, and what types, to lower energy bills so that your space is not only greener, but more environmentally friendly. Tree placement can reduce heating and cooling costs, and a landscape architect knows exactly where they need to be placed to make it happen.
Shrubs and Flowers
Landscape architects are trained and knowledgeable about the many different varieties of shrubs and plantings. Do you love azaleas? The landscape architect will know which variety will survive and thrive in your yard. Are you looking for year-round color? No problem, your architect will be able to provide you with numerous options, no matter where you live. A landscape architect will have access to nurseries and suppliers that don't deal with the general public, so you'll be able to have dozens of choices instead of the usual handful you'd find on your own.
Permeable Paving and Irrigation
Since outdoor design is all that landscape architects focus on, they can create some amazing systems for you when designing your yard. If your yard is prone to flooding during rainstorm, they can make a permeable walkway so that flooding will no longer be an issue. In addition, they can also formulate systems to collect that rainwater and use it later to irrigate your lawn. They can devise a plan for optimal irrigation, including scheduling numerous zones for optimal timing and amount of watering.
Fencing, Patios and More
Landscape architects can also design patios, decks, pool decking, firepits, pergolas and more. If you can dream it, they can create it. Whether it's a way to keep Fido or the kids in the yard with fencing, or a spot to grill and gather with friends, you'll be in good hands with a professional at the helm. So if you want to enjoy your yard to its fullest, and increase your home's value at the same time, be sure to work with a landscape architect!