Ex­te­rior de­sign and land­scap­ing

The Oban Times - - SELF BUILD & RENOVATION -

Nven if you can dec­o­rate a liv­ing area or be­deck a bed­room with the best of them, land­scape de­sign has a unique set of chal­lenges that may leave you stumped. And that’s where a land­scape pro can prove to be in­valu­able. Be­fore you get started, you’ll need to de­ter­mine the skill set that best matches the scope of work you have in mind. Land­scape ar­chi­tects, who typ­i­cally hold ad­vanced de­grees in their field, are trained to de­velop struc­tural and aes­thetic plans that in­clude hard­scap­ing, wa­ter use, and drainage as well as plant se­lec­tion and gar­den de­sign. Plans may also in­clude part or all of the over­all ex­te­rior de­sign. Land­scape de­sign­ers may or may not have ad­vanced train­ing. They of­ten spe­cial­ize in the aes­thetic and hor­ti­cul­tural side of yard and gar­den plan­ning, but many do struc­tural work as well. Land­scape con­trac­tors im­ple­ment the plans laid out by a land­scape ar­chi­tect or de­signer. In some cases, a land­scape con­trac­tor also pro­vides de­sign ser­vices.

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