Elements of Good Design

The right combination of plants, including texture, color and growth characteristics are all factors for your landscape planting plan. Landscape design is a great place to start and increase your property value.

The following is taken from an article by Joyce L. Carroll

A professionally landscaped property is a sure ticket to quick resale. It gives a home curb appeal, a sense of place and value. The landscape is the first thing you see when approaching a property. That first impression can add 20 percent to your home’s value, a figure that rivals the return on a new kitchen or bath.

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recommends that homeowners invest 10 percent of the home’s value in landscaping. Landscape architecture goes beyond plantings, or softscaping, to include structural features like lighting, fences, garden paths, fire pits, swimming pools, and ponds. Outdoor rooms, terraces, and decks are also high-yield structural or hardscaping investments. A landscape architect can work with the client to generate a detailed plan. Typically, the homeowner then hires a general contractor, landscape contractor, or subcontractor to perform the installation.

When hiring a landscape architect, go with a licensed professional. ASLA-certified architects give you a detailed plan that your contractor can follow and one that you, or your landscaping maintenance company, can manage. These four-year degreed professionals know about botany, horticulture, engineering, and design. They are also experts in property grading, soils, and irrigation. If you’re looking for a quick sketch and some basic advice, your local home and garden center has designers that can help. If you’re planning on installing permanent structures, look to a professional. Like all building projects, this is an investment in your property—so get the guidance of a professional before you begin.