Things to Consider When Hiring a Professional Landscape Architect

There are several things to consider and prepare if you want to get the most from your experience in working with a Professional Landscape Architect.

Think about what you want so you can communicate clearly what you’re looking for. Are you creating a space for entertaining? A play area? A kitchen garden? Increasing curb appeal? Check out magazines, web sites, catalogues, or anything else that features items or ideas for outside your home. Also consider how much time you want to devote to maintenance. Perhaps landscapes are a hobby, or you want a design with little or no maintenance at all. 

Once you have some ideas, it’s important to make a realistic budget. Overall, landscapes can add as much as 15 percent to the value of your home compared to other houses on your street. If you’re unsure what to budget, one rule of thumb is to start with 5 to 10 percent of your home’s worth. While it may seem high, consider this: Research from Virginia Tech shows that landscapes literally grow in value over time, while traditional home additions or remodels start to lose value the minute the dust settles.

Fig & Vine is a professional Landscape Architecture firm licensed in the state of Florida and based in Central Florida and South Florida.  Our staff is qualified through Education, a Licensed Landscape Architects hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in landscape architecture, and licensure requires passing a rigorous exam.  Also, all of our design experts have many years of experience both locally and abroad.

Also remember its important to have a designer which will listen to you, the details and subtleties of your vision.  Our landscape architects are great listeners.  We will be happy to discuss your potential for the garden as well as your goals and budget.  Don’t hesitate to ask us for references – especially references for project types that are similar to yours. Our professional team will not hesitate to share references, fees, or answer any other questions related to services.

While there are many landscape architects, finding the professional for you ultimately comes down to the right balance of design ability, professional service, cost and personal comfort level.  We strive to provide those qualities to every one of our valued clients!