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Elemental Designs offers landscape architecture services to Rhode Island and Connecticut. In Massachusetts we currently offer landscape design services. We have experience in the residential, commercial, and public sectors of Landscape Architecture. Our main focus and specialty is residential landscape architecture. We provide design and consulting services for properties and projects that range in size from very big (acres) to very small (a planting bed). Elemental Designs is committed to producing beautiful landscape spaces that make sense.

Elemental Designs is a company that provides landscape architecture design services. The company does not perform the landscape construction/installation itself, but does offer services to assist clients with seeing each project through to completion, if desired. We’ve consistently aided our clients in obtaining quality landscape installers for their projects to ensure the end result is a beautiful landscape that’s built of the highest quality.

We find that it’s typically best to hire a landscape architect or landscape architecture company to provide the design services and a separate contractor to perform the project’s installation. This enables the landscape architect to act as a third-party facilitator between the contractor and the owner. The reason this is of great importance is because it eliminates the possibility of there being financial ties to the contractor, which could lead to a conflict of interest on the project. The ability of the landscape architect to properly observe, prescribe, support, and regulate the quality of work (ex: it’s materials and methods of construction) is crucial to ensuring corners aren’t cut on a project. This ultimately saves clients time, money, and aggravation in both the short and long term. The health, welfare and safety of the public is a landscape architect’s top priority and by hiring a separate landscape architect or landscape architecture company to perform the design work, it will allow them to ensure the job is done right and done well the first time around.

Why improving a residential landscape is of value to a homeowner.

Maintaining a great landscape around a home is the best thing a person can do to increase the value of their home/property and to keep it looking great. By spending 5% of the value of your home on the installation of a quality low-maintenance landscape, you could boost the resale value by 15%, earning back 150% or more of your landscape investment. – (Smart Money Magazine March 2003)

Landscaping can add between 7-15% to a home’s value. – (The Gallup Organization)

As an investment, landscaping can increase the value of your property by as much as 20% if done well. – (This Old House Magazine April 2003)

Homes with excellent landscaping can expect a sale price of about 6-7% higher than equivalent houses with good landscaping, while improving landscaping from average to good can result in a 4-5% increase. – (Clemson University)

Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100-200% at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings 75-125% recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20-120% recovery rate and addition of swimming pool a 20-50% recovery rate. – (Money Magazine)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s):

What is the difference between a landscape architect and landscape designer?

Landscape Architects are “licensed” professionals. Landscape Architects manage jobs dealing with the land and it’s design. They also specialize in grading and drainage design. Landscape Architects can stamp plans for submission to a municipality and unlicensed landscape designers can not. Landscape Designers typically focus on garden design and maintenance and don’t always have the advanced degree and expertise that is typically required to be a Landscape Architect.

What kind of work does a landscape architect perform?

Below is a list of some of the types of projects that are produced by Landscape Architects all over the world. Many companies that provide landscape architecture services typically focus on providing services for just some of the areas listed below.

Academic campuses
Conservation
Corporate and commercial
Gardens and arboreta
Green infrastructure
Historic preservation and restoration
Hospitality and resorts
Institutions
Interior landscapes
Land planning
Landscape art
Monuments
Parks and recreation
Reclamation
Residential
Security design
Stormwater management
Streetscapes and public spaces
Therapeutic gardens
Transportation corridors
Urban design

Below are some more specific examples of design elements Landscape Architects are able to design within the landscape:

Benches
Monuments
Athletic Fields
Playgrounds
Pools
Patios
Pergolas
Arbors
Fireplaces
Firepits
Patios
Decks
Walkways
Driveways
Parking Lots
Roads/Driveways
Drainage
Grading
and more.

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