Over the last few years, exterior design has evolved thanks to a multifaceted approach to training, certification and hands-on experience in the landscape industry. From designing and installing intricate gardens, and water features to comfortable exterior living rooms and state-of-the-art kitchens, when it comes to luxurious outdoor environments, landscape architects have mastered it all.
No two properties are the same, so it’s essential to hire a landscape firm that respects not only the homeowners’ objectives and budget, but also the unique characteristics of the grounds themselves.
This personalized approach assures that they will meet your specific goals and design requirements, while providing a thorough evaluation of the existing site conditions to maximize the aesthetics, practicality and enjoyment of your property.
A t this initial stage, you’ll need to decide precisely what you want from your property. If you envision an extension of your home, include features like sofas, rugs, flat screen TVs and fans. Incorporate a fully functional outdoor kitchen with granite countertops and high-end appliances. Don’t forget to include a stone fireplace or a firepit for guests to relax while you prepare a culinary classic.
If you don’t have a design “vision” in mind, the landscape designer will guide you through the process. Creativity and artistry are what set the true professionals apart from your standard landscapers. They will have the expertise to work with the particular site’s topography, existing vegetation and views, enhancing and complementing the property’s unique conditions; rather than forcing a stock style upon it.
The ideal landscape company should possess both the training and credentials to handle your project from initial concept to implementation. Meticulous attention to detail is the hallmark of a premier company, whether it’s a simple patio restoration or a comprehensive, multiple phase overhaul. Equipped with a portfolio of prior jobs for reference, they will outline their strategies for incorporating your ideas into the existing landscape. Next, they will create a detailed design proposal to ensure accurate pricing, quick installation and clear communication. Using professional imaging software, they can provide you with a digital image “preview” of what your finished project will look like before work even begins.
You can gauge the quality of a prospective landscaping firm by researching their credentials and awards. Not all companies that call themselves “design/build” can substantiate their 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. Also look for Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institution (ICPI) certification, which provides its members with access to a wealth of expert-grade resources on current landscaping techniques and technology.
Since 1994, B. DeMichele Inc. has been providing superior workmanship and excellent customer service in PA, NJ and DE. Featuring both ICPI certification and membership in the EP Henry Authorized Landscaping Contractor Program, DeMichele specializes in innovative designs and skillful installations of hardscaping, horticulture, nightscaping, irrigation and water gardens. For more information, contact owner and landscape design artist Blase DeMichele at 610-361-7832. You can also view their extensive design portfolio online at DeMicheleInc.com.