A common question that people often ask is whether or not they need to use a landscape designer for the home improvement project that they are beginning. There are other folks that wonder if they are going to need a landscape designer for a particular construction project that they are working on.
The main thing you need to realize about hiring landscape architects is that you really have to look at them on a case-by-case basis. One project might be specifically geared toward needing a landscape architect to perfectly fulfill all of your needs.
But then another project you have might not require a landscape architect at all, and you could just speak with the contractor that you end up hiring and that individual will be able to design and create the project on their own without the need for a landscape architect at all.
This is something that you will decide on a case-by-case basis and I will try and provide you with some of the scenarios that will make the most sense when a landscape architect is needed. I’ll also provide you with some scenarios where I believe a contractor will be ideal for designing this project for you. So let’s take a look at some of these scenarios right now.
Situation #1 – you have bought yourself a few acres of land and you’d really like to put a miniature golf course on this property since there really isn’t anything else in your immediate area that is like this.
Do I believe a landscape architect would be needed to make this dream a reality?
No doubt! This is another great example where having a quality landscape architect working with you will really come in handy when you are designing this miniature golf course. There are a lot of different things that are going to need to go into these plans, and you’re going to want to add all kinds of designs and structures into the golf course that will make it fun to play and give it that aesthetic look and feel that people like to see when they go on a miniature golf course.
You might want to add a nice windmill which will make your golf course a bit harder to play, and you’re also going to want to add other types of obstacles as well because people want to be challenged when they play miniature golf and having a landscape architect design some of these challenges for you is a smart and fun way to build your golf course from the ground up.
Situation #2 – you are redoing your lawn in both the front and backyards and you are wondering if you need a landscape designer to design this for you.
This is a typical scenario that many people often wonder about and want to know if a landscape architect is needed for this job. In my opinion, you don’t need a landscape architect for this job at all because it’s the kind of job that a landscape contractor can handle.
Situation #3 – you want to completely redo your home landscape, which will include new irrigation, plants and even some rock work.
In this scenario, you are definitely going to need a landscape design professional to help you out with the planning and design of this particular project. It’s really important that you hire a landscape designer because this is literally going to affect the entire look and functioning of your front and backyards. Having a landscape designer there to help create the original design plan properly is going to be the best way that you can go when making this edition to your home.
Situation #4 – you are planning on building a brand-new home from the ground up, and you have some very specific ideas in mind that you want to see brought to life, and you’re wondering if you need to hire a landscape architect to your dream yard a reality.
This is actually the perfect scenario where a landscape architect is needed, and it’s actually the main reason that landscape architects exist so you are definitely going to want to hire yourself the ideal landscape architect that will be able to handle your job. So do your best to try and explain all of the different things that you want to see as part of your brand-new landscape, and see if the landscape architect truly understands your vision.
This is really important because you need to make sure that the landscape designer you are working with truly understands what you’re trying to achieve, and if they do then you’ll have a much better chance at getting exactly what you want out of your home building experience.
So make sure that you get along very well with the landscape architect and make sure that they really and truly see your vision for what it is and have them
design something for you so that you can take a look and make sure that it’s what you are trying to achieve when you construct your gorgeous landscape around your new home.
So these are some of the main scenarios where you are either going to need a landscape architect to help design and plan your particular structure, or where you really won’t need a landscape architect to help you out whatsoever. If you can think of similar scenarios that might need a landscape architect then you should try and compare them to the scenarios that I mentioned in this article and see if you can match anything up that is very similar.
If you are uncertain about whether or not your project needs a landscape architect, you could always call a landscape designer and a construction company separately and get their personal takes on your specific project. If it seems like the construction company can do the work than you might want to just give the project directly to them as it will probably be a bit cheaper for you.
Beighley Associates has provided expert landscape design services for over 30 years. With licenses in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, Beighley Associates serves residential, commercial and governmental clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.