Hiring a landscape architect can be challenging, especially if you haven't done it before. You probably have many questions swirling around in your head: Do I want a brick or natural stone patio? Is a gazebo or pergola recommended for my entertaining needs? Are flowers or shrubs better for my landscape?

To make sure you actually need a landscape architect and hire the right one for the job, ask these questions first.

What is a Landscape Architect?

Landscape architecture
involves planning, designing, managing, and nurturing your property's built and natural environments. Using their unique skill set, landscape architects work to improve human and environmental health throughout their communities.

A landscape architect creates detailed design plans and layouts for residential and commercial outdoor living spaces that take advantage of your property's natural exposure and slope. These plans can include but are not limited to patios and walkways, outdoor structures, lighting plans, tree and plant installation, demo and excavation services, and other design specifications. Simply put, they draw up the design plans and manage the entire landscaping project. 

When Do You Need a Landscape Architect?

  • Homeowners Association (HOA). If you're part of an HOA, you're likely required to present a landscape plan before starting your project. Check with your HOA before breaking ground on any backyard or landscape renovations. 
  • Magazine-Worthy Design. If you want something extraordinary or resembling something out of the pages of a magazine, consider a landscape architect. They spend years honing their crafts for projects like these. If you don't have landscaping experience, leave the complex design to the professionals. 
  • Complicated Features. Sometimes plans involve complex features such as wheelchair accessibility, swimming pools, fireplaces, and outdoor kitchens. An experienced landscape architect knows the safety codes and minute details needed to complete your project. 

Why Choose a Landscape Architect?

  • Established plans. A huge benefit of hiring a landscape architect is they think about your landscape as a system. Not only will they assess your property's issues and possibilities, but they will also create a plan addressing the details and big picture of how your finished landscape will look. A landscape architect helps you choose the perfect materials, styles, and colors for your design - saving you time and stress. 
  • Expertise throughout the project. From breaking ground to the finishing touches, a landscape architect remains involved until the last stone is set and the last flower is planted. What you considered a weekend project might realistically take weeks to complete. 
  • Love your landscape. A landscape architect not only designs and delivers a gorgeous finished product you're guaranteed to love, but you have peace of mind that it complies with regulations and codes. Your outdoor oasis will be a special place that you can enjoy with your friends and family for years to come.

Trust Our Expertise

Let A.M. Woodland Outdoor Design create a unique outdoor living space or simply liven up your existing landscape in 2022. Our landscape architects work with you to design the perfect balance of aesthetics and functionality. Our mission is to provide the highest quality services and exceed our clients' expectations every time. 

Visit our website to learn more about our design services, or call us at 847-224-2167 (IL), 262-287-7600 (WI), or (720) 537-5015 (CO) to get started today!