Landscape architecture reflects the highest level of design as applied to built and natural interests, whereas proficiency in the craft requires years of education and training prior to qualifying for professional licensure; moreover, landscape architects are held to rigorous standards of practice and accountability. Practitioners are able to weave various threads, or features, into beautiful tapestries, or programs, for human enjoyment. These threads may include such items as fire and water features, outdoor kitchens and pergolas, retaining walls and stairs, planting and lighting, grading and drainage, environmental and ecological concerns, 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, 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 a 10,000 foot perspective, (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.
Projects in today's landscape are governed by a variety of constraints that can trigger the requirement for various experts. 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 decks and pool houses, 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.