EVERY REASON WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Many wonder if hiring a landscape architect is truly worth it. While we may be biased and say, “Yes!”, we’ll let you decide after reading the following reasons:
Landscape architects increase property values.
Hiring a landscape architect can increase your property value by 5% to 11% and possibly more. If you’re looking to improve your home’s curb appeal, implementing a landscape design is a wonderful idea! Plus, it makes your property more attractive to prospective buyers. A Michigan University study discovered homeowners achieved a 109% return on every landscaping dollar spent, making it higher than any other home improvement. Talk about a return on your investment!
Landscape architects lower utility bills.
Want to save money on your utility bills? Well, you can’t go wrong hiring a landscape architect! Energy companies shy away from sharing trees deter the absorption of solar heat through windows and roofs. Therefore, incorporating shade structures can keep your home cooler, which later results in lower utility bills. A landscape architect can evaluate your property and decide where it is best to place shade trees. Depending on a tree’s placement and density, research shows trees can reduce heat gains by 40% to 80%.
Landscape architects improve your health.
There is no doubt that spending time in nature has many physical and mental benefits. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), approximately 6.4 million children in the United States between the ages of 4 to 17 are diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficient/hyperactivity disorder). Studies show that a child’s exposure to nature, such as gardens and backyards can ease the symptoms of ADHD. Typically, landscape architects do not attend medical school or conduct medical research, but many will agree green spaces offer numerous health benefits by encouraging relaxation or an active lifestyle.
Landscape architects bring people (and pets) together.
A landscape architect’s primary goal is to create stunning environments that people want to live in or visit. Their work calls for innovation and an understanding of creating aesthetically-pleasing environments that are appropriate and sustainable for its surroundings. They know how to design and create landscapes using plants, trees, structures and other natural and human-made elements that bring people together. For example, hosting garden parties or intimate dinners can now be an option thanks to your landscape architect! Also, let’s not forget about your children! Some landscape architects are taking pet-friendly and kid-friendly landscapes to a new level!
Landscape architects provide expertise.
Landscape architects are state-licensed design professionals with degrees in landscape design. Most landscape architecture programs require 4 to 5 years of studies. These programs have educational requirements that are rigorous and comprehensive. Many states also require state licensing which includes an internship and passing the Landscape Architect Registration Exam. Some of their daily tasks call them to create renderings and construction documents, while systematically allocating the arrangement of construction elements and water resources. Regardless of residential or commercial projects, well-trained landscape architects also know how to efficiently manage budget costs to meet project goals. Their expertise allows them to recognize common pitfalls before they occur. By doing so, they save clients time, money and effort.
Landscape architects are dedicated for the long haul.
Landscape architects who design, build, and maintain remain engaged in the project from start to finish. They are planners, designers, and managers who can implement your ideas into a practical plan. Also, they can broaden your options when it comes to landscape services. Full-service firms allow clients to take advantage of several services they offer. These services can range from one-time installations to regular maintenance.