Why Choose a Landscape Design Professional?
A credentialed landscape designer can help you
define your needs and can offer insights and ideas you may not have
considered. They are formally trained in the intricacies involved in designing
with living, evolving material. In addition to traditional planting design, our
design team is qualified to provide grading plans, propose storm water management
solutions, and perform land-use planning. Our landscape design team will
oversee all aspects of your landscape installation to ensure a high quality
finished product that reflects your goals.
You wouldn't trust your financial portfolio to an amateur.
Let's face facts, landscaping is an investment that can run in the tens of
thousands of dollars or more. A
landscape design professional is trained to
handle your investment in the most efficient way in addition to meeting your
landscape needs. Credentialed landscape designers can often save you
depending on which phase of construction they are hired during.
Landscaping is one of the only items in home
construction that results in a positive return on investment. A Clemson
University study found landscaping can result in more than a 100% return on
investment. The report concluded that “Homeowners wanting to increase the value
of their property will do well to consider the cost-effective, return potential
of quality landscaping, and to safeguard their investments by hiring licensed,
professional landscape architects/contractors to perform the work.” The return
on investment is contingent upon the quality of the landscape installation. In
other words, just because you spent $10,000 on landscape and garden plants
doesn't mean you'll get that money back. It's important that you find the right
landscape designer / contractor for your project and use only high-quality
materials. One hundred $10 plants purchased at the local hardware store doesn't
have the same value as twenty $50 plants purchased at a local garden nursery.
Please visit the
American Society of Landscape Architects
Homeowners Guide Section for more quotes on the value of a quality landscape.
landscape professional will be able to provide
you with examples of work similar to your project as well as a resume and
personal references. In addition, they will be active in professional
organizations such as the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) or the
Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and be active in the
betterment of his/her community. This information should provide peace of mind
that your job will be handled correctly and in a professional manner.
Landscape improvement is an important and
worthwhile investment; you have the right to hire the most qualified
professionals to help you plan and implement your goals. Don't hesitate to
ask for references and/or examples of past work.
design professional, upon being credentialed, agrees to serve his clients and
work only in their best interests. Due to this oath, a they will never take a
bribe or accept a "kick-back" from a contractor to get your project. They will
never knowingly violate or attempt to "bend" federal, state, or local laws just
to get a project sold.
never risk a potential law suit against our clients by cutting corners or
knowingly creating unsafe conditions.
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