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Role of the Landscape Architect

For more challenging projects you may want to employ the services of a registered landscape architect, who will work closely with you to design and implement the landscape of your dreams. They will help you set objectives and analyze your site to develop a detailed plan that addresses your goals and organizes space in a manner that best fits your needs. Their work will encompass designing and selection of hardscaping materials, site lighting, plant material and other site features, along with formulating the project budget, contractor’s costs, and construction implementation.

Tips for Selecting a Contractor

Larger or more complex installation projects may be better left to contractors who have the necessary experience and equipment. Some may even provide design assistance as part of their service. If you decide to hire a professional contractor, here are some useful questions to ask that will help you make the right choice.

  • Have they done jobs of similar scope?
  • How long the company has been in business?
  • Can they provide you with at least 3 references?
  • Have they received formal training by Grinnell and are they ICPI (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) certified?
  • Do they provide a written, itemized proposal outlining the scope of work and terms of payment? It should include starting and completion dates, demolition and excavation, pavers and/or wall and base materials.
  • What type of guarantee do they offer?
  • Are they covered with the appropriate insurance?

Tips for Selecting Hardscape Colors

It is worthwhile to invest a little time and thought into the colors chosen for your walls and pavingstone projects.

  • Consider the color of the house and existing surrounding and choose colors and textures that complement them.
  • If you choose colors that are an exact match to the home or buildings, separate the two with plantings to add contrast.
  • Use contrasting colors that match different aspects of the home. For example, if the building is light colored with a dark roof, choosing a dark-colored stone might complement nicely.
  • Blend the color and texture to the architectural style present. A brick exterior might be complemented nicely by a straight-faced wall; brighter colors or beveled face styles work well with contemporary architecture.
  • When using pavingstones, contrast the color to the walls. If you have a dark pavingstone patio, choose a lighter, complementary color for the wall.
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