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Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture reflects the highest level of design as applied to outdoor spaces, and requires a multidisciplinary understanding of all the interests relative to a given project. Practitioners of the craft are able to weave various threads, or features, into beautiful tapestries, or programs, for human enjoyment. The resulting construct always includes considerations for health, safety and welfare, zoning and legal matters, and a client’s program as informed by environmental site characteristics. Additional features woven into the design often include complete outdoor living spaces with retaining walls and terraces, fire and water features, planting and lighting, grading and drainage, and more. The concurrent development of interconnected program elements is fostered through the architectural process where drawings, drafted in a universal language, are created for use by other consultants, and for bidding, permitting, and construction.

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Site Planning

Site planning, in simplest terms, optimizes a piece of land for its intended purpose and encompasses the ability to harmonize numerous competing interests. Expert planners are able to view a project through the lens of a systems analyst from ten - thousand feet, thereby identifying and eliminating potential issues before they become costly mistakes; value engineering its applied across all concerns in order to maximize desired results while minimizing the consumption of resources. The completed landscape forms a dialogue between built and natural interests by creating beautiful spaces for human enjoyment that have little or no impact on native ecological systems. This philosophy is at the core of sustainable practices and is critical for the successful stewardship of our planet. With regard to site planning, the following adage is apropos: if you fail to plan, plan to fail.

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Consulting

Projects in today's landscape are governed by a variety of constraints that can trigger the requirement for jurisdictional oversight. LDC will recommend consultants from our professional network with whom we will coordinate our services in the interests of your project; these may include soil scientists for geotechnical analysis, surveyors for existing, proposed, and as - built drawings, architects for habitable structures, engineers for civil and structural concerns, and attorneys for variances or other legal matters. Notwithstanding our ability to mitigate town involvement in your project, LDC also provides services to shepherd your interests through the regulatory minefield that has become increasingly challenging to navigate.

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