The 5 most important questions your landscape architect should ask you…
To truly create a space you will love for years to come depends on several questions you should be prepared to answer when hiring a landscape architect.
First. What do you want your property to look like in 10 years? An experienced landscape architect will create a landscape plan that will reflect what your property will look like in 10 years. A proper landscape plan encompasses your entire property and takes into account the way the garden will mature and grow.
Second. Do you have the necessary documentation of your property? (i.e. land survey, plat, POA guidelines)
A landscape plan and certified landscape architect will correct or take into account any and all erosion, grading, or setbacks on your property. Grading is extremely important when building a home and installing an outdoor living space and garden. If your property is not properly graded you will most certainly have to correct the issue in a matter of years, and if set backs aren’t accommodated that too will be an issue that needs to be corrected.
Third. How do you want to use your outdoor living space? A landscape architect should always listen to how you want to use your property. Is it for entertaining, privacy and leisure on the weekends, recreation for grandchildren, or just a space to enjoy the outdoors? These questions are important for a landscape architect because they are able to customize the position, size, and even materials of your space.
Fourth. What would you like to see when you look through your windows? An experienced landscape architect should be very aware your views. If at all possible it is best to bring in a landscape architect to help position the home before building. He or she will be able to assist with views throughout the home, and proper placement of pools, outdoor structures, or even driveways.
And last but not least….TIME. A landscape architect should consider how much time you want to spend maintaining your outdoor space. The answer to this question helps the architect decide types of plants, size of sodded areas, and even types of materials. An experienced landscape maintenance crew is imperative to properly maintain the investment and space you have created. An efficient and experienced landscape maintenance crew can also be a large provider of the extra time you are looking to spend with your family and not in your yard.
Before you meet with a landscape architect you should consider your answers to these questions. Your answers will help you to get the most out our your property and investment, and help you truly enjoy your outdoor living space for years to come.