Choosing a Professional Landscape Architect

perspective-drawingA landscape architect or a garden designer? Which one do you need? Some people may suggest that a garden designer might be more cost-efficient, especially if you’re merely considering adding or upgrading plantings. You might be surprised to hear that’s not the case.

A Landscape architect creates efficient, cost-effective spaces

illustration by van zelst's landscape architect of Barrington Hills patio and pool rendering

Barrington Hills patio and pool rendering

Unlike garden designers, landscape architects meet rigorous education, licensing and accreditation requirements. In addition to understanding plants and fundamental design concepts, we are trained in site planning, stonework and hardscape design and engineering, local and state regulations, environmental sustainability, and how to create spaces that people want to live in.

What’s more, a landscape architect is likely to be quite competitive. In fact, it’s possible that by selecting appropriate plants and hardscape, and installing them properly, your garden will be healthier, saving your money and adding to your investment down the road.

Partner with a licensed architect for worry-free service

front entry courtyard, side view.

This Lincoln Park front entry courtyard features brick paving, lush plantings, and urns overflowing with seasonal bursts of color.

When choosing a landscape architect or another partner to help make the most of your environment, be sure they can offer you the full range of services and project coordination your require—and perhaps even some you aren’t sure you require.

As you work with a designer, you may realize that you want to add a water feature or lighting, or address drainage or privacy issues in the landscape. Van Zelst clients benefit from knowing that all of these tasks can be managed by our in-house team and coordinated by a single project manager.

So if, for example, you want to upgrade to a paver driveway, add a grill island to your outdoor kitchen or replace buckthorn or other invasive plants, look to Van Zelst. Choosing a landscape architect is about more than adding beautiful perennials. We offer the experience and skills necessary to design and manage your project from concept through completion.

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