Today’s Landscape Architects are Creating Experiences
Landscape and architecture. Each stands alone as an individual concept, but combined they create a unique dream that encompasses every aspect of exterior design. Today’s landscape architects are building, planting, and sculpting outdoor environments that include the gamut of both the organic and inorganic; from greenery and flowers to artistic and soothing water features to the stunning and timeless hardscaping that acts as a framework to the entire scene. Sip cocktails while nestled comfortably within your lush poolscape or sit inside the house and enjoy the magnificent view; it’s all about how you wish to experience the outdoors.
The key to bliss in the backyard is finding the right firm. Look for a company with a comprehensive skill set that offers a global, one-stop-shop approach. Whether you are starting from scratch or updating and upgrading, it is critical to hire a landscape architect with the experience and technical capability to pilot your project from conception to execution. No matter how extensive—or basic—your project, an elite landscape company will pay the same attention to each and every detail. Renovation of a tired, old patio will be just as meticulously conceived as a Tuscan outdoor kitchen, double-tiered deck and fabulous free-form pool with waterfall. If you can dream it, your design/build landscape team can make it happen. Just sit back, relax, and watch the transformation.
The stress-free process will begin with an on-site meeting to evaluate your property, site conditions, design objectives, and, of course, budget. Armed with a portfolio of prior jobs for reference, your landscape professionals will outline their strategies for working your ideas into the existing landscape. Next they will create a detailed design proposal to ensure accurate pricing and quick installation.
When choosing a quality landscaper, be sure to look for a history of awards and high level credentials. Not all firms that call themselves “design/build” can back up that claim with membership in trade groups like the EP Henry Authorized Landscaping Contractor Program. All EP Henry Authorized contractors are pre-screened professionals whose work is regularly monitored for quality assurance. Certification by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institution (ICPI) is also important. ICPI provides its members with access to a shared wealth of resources on current landscaping information, techniques, and technology. With the latest in landscape-imaging software, you can get a sense of your projects outcome before one stone is unturned.
One elite landscaping firm you can trust is B. DeMichele, Inc. of Media, Pennsylvania. As the area’s leading design/build contracting firm, DeMichele features both ICPI certification and membership in the EP Henry Authorized Landscaping Contractor Program. They specialize in all aspects of landscape design, including hardscaping, horticulture, nightscaping, and even specialty waterscapes and irrigation. For more information, contact owner and chief landscape design, artist Blase DeMichele at 610 361-7832. View before and after photos from their extensive portfolio of work at DeMicheleInc.com.