top of page

Landscape Architecture

Landscape architecture reflects the highest level of design as applied to outdoor spaces, and requires a multidisciplinary understanding of all of 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. These threads always include considerations for health, safety, and welfare, zoning and legal matters, and a client’s wish list as informed by physical, environmental, and ecological site characteristics. Additional threads may include retaining walls and terraces, swimming pools and fireplaces, outdoor kitchens and bars, stoops and stairs, patios and walkways, 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.


Site Planning

Site planning, in simplest terms, is optimizing a piece of land for its intended purpose and requires the ability to (1) view a project through the lens of a systems analyst from ten - thousand feet, (2) think several steps ahead, thereby identifying and eliminating potential issues before they become costly mistakes, and (3) apply value engineering across all systems in order to maximize desired results while minimizing the consumption of resources. The resulting 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, you should plan to fail.


Architectural 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.

bottom of page