Landscape ArchitectsHiring a residential landscape architect
Landscape architects focus mainly on the built environment, placing heavy emphasis on material choices. Huettl Landscape Architecture in Walnut Creek, CA.
Landscape architects are professionals that hold a four year degree and have passed a state licensing exam. The major benefit to hiring a landscape architect is that they are licensed with the state and must adhere to specific regulations. Another benefit of hiring a landscape architect is that they will be able to provide structural analyses and engineering specifications.
A landscape architect will have experience with obtaining permitting through city planning or building departments. It's also likely that a landscape architecture firm or professional will have extensive experience with hardscape design. Hardscape design includes swimming pools, patio covers, retaining walls and other built structures.
You may want to hire a landscape architect if:
- your property requires extensive grading
- you want outdoor structures designed
- your yard needs retaining walls
- your project requires extensive hardscaping and construction
When hiring a landscape architect for a residential landscaping project you should look for a small firm that specializes in residential design. Sometimes landscape architects lack extensive plant knowledge and may work with a horticultural specialist.