Landscape architects make outdoor places more beautiful and useful. They work with architects, surveyors, and engineers to find the best place to put roads and buildings. They work with environmental scientists to find the best way to conserve or restore natural resources. Landscape design anchors a house to the site, connects it with the environment and creates a welcoming entrance to your home. Landscape architects and designers work with living plants as well as building materials, so they are designing for future growth and maintenance as well as the present. And because landscape design is so regional, it's important for your designer to be familiar with your climate and the plants that do well there.
Landscape architects first analyze the nature around the place where they are working. They see where sunlight falls at different times of the day and year. They think about the weather, the kind of soil, the hills, the water, and the plants that are at the work location. Then, landscape architects draw what they want the landscape to look like. Most landscape architects draw their plans using computers and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems. Many landscape architects include future time projections in their designs, allowing the client to visualize the space in five to 10 years. This is important with landscape design, as it may take several years for the plants to establish themselves.
Once the design is complete, landscape architects write reports. They also make sketches, models, and photographs to explain their ideas. Many architects use video simulation to help clients see what the land will look like when the plans are finished. They also need to estimate how much their ideas will cost.
Next, landscape architects draw up a list of needed materials. Then, they tell other workers how to do the planting and construction shown in the design. In the implementation phase, the landscape architect is now functioning as a project manager. Although the contractor completes the physical work, the architect is responsible for inspecting the site, confirming the changes are made correctly, and deals with any issues that arise. This is something that you should pay for in the cost of your initial bid unless you expressly ask that it be removed.
The architect normally remains responsible for the project until the client has inspected and approved of the finished product. TIP: Keep the name of your architect on hand as you may want to have a follow-up consultation in three to five years time to ensure that the design is maturing as expected.
On average, fees can range anywhere from $70-$150 an hour or 5%-15% of your total overall project cost. Each architect has a different fee structure so be sure to clarify with your architect and know exactly what you are getting for that fee.
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