The Benefits of Hiring a Landscape Designer

December 01, 2023

It may be tempting to think that as a homeowner, you know your yard best and can put together the perfect landscape that meets your needs and looks beautiful. We would like to politely disagree. The award-winning landscape design experts at Landscape East & West have spent decades studying sound design principles and producing beautiful outdoor spaces throughout the greater Portland metro area. We don’t guess and we don’t take chances. When we create a design, you can be assured a yard that is functional, eye-catching, and built to last.

Let’s explore exactly what a landscape designer brings to a project.

Customization: No two yards, nor the tastes and desires of homeowners, are exactly alike. Landscape designers customize each plan to reflect a vision while accounting for the local climate and environment. Even within the bounds of Portland, there can be great differences between yards due to elevation, soil type, existing tree cover, rocks, and so much more. Let us take away the guesswork, evaluate what you have, and then create a plan that works best for your unique space.

Use of Space: And when we’re talking space, whether your yard is large or small, designers can make the most of it creating a cohesive design that uses every square foot efficiently. If you think your yard is too small for a pond or too large to have an intimate feel, think again. For landscape designers, creativity is key. 

Functionality: Finding the best layout and flow to match your yard and suit your needs is part of the design process. Whether you dream of a waterfall and pond, an outdoor kitchen, a garden, or just a place to relax and unwind, a landscape designer can help you maximize the functionality of your yard. 

Master Planning: A budget and long-term goals for a yard may not match. Landscape designers can look ahead and create a plan that allows for improvements to be made in phases to better meet your budget. Your primary school kids may love that play area now, but in a few years that same area of the yard might be better used as an entertainment space for adults too. You may dream of having an outdoor fireplace, but your budget right now is more firepit. Our design team can work with your long-term vision and create a master plan to help you meet all your landscape goals. 

Plant Selection: There are many types of plants to choose from, but finding the ones that will work best in your yard can be challenging. Our professional landscape designers know what plants will thrive in the climate of the Pacific Northwest and where to place those plants for optimal growth and visual appeal. Designers know their shade from full sun species, as well as optimal soil and water needs. They can recommend a care and maintenance plan to keep all of your greenery looking green for years to come. 

Sustainability: At Landscape East & West we proudly show off our eco-friendliness in our landscape care with a full array of natural landscape solutions. However, to go fully green, we start with a design that embraces sustainable landscaping practices. Our designers are well-versed in environmentally friendly solutions for irrigation, native species, smart lighting, and more. We can help you reduce your environmental footprint but still have a beautiful yard. 

Curb Appeal: Trained and experienced landscape designers have an eye for what makes an outdoor space visually appealing. The yard should harmonize with your home and surroundings through the use of complementary colors, textures, and features. Designers know how to create a cohesive and beautiful landscape for you to enjoy now, but also to increase the value of your property and entice future buyers.  

Beyond creating an appealing design for your yard, there are more nuts and bolts reasons to hire a landscape designer. A skilled professional can take on the burden of project management and the headaches of permit applications, so you can just focus on your vision. The Landscape East & West team has experience managing construction and installation projects. We coordinate with contractors to ensure projects are done on time and within budget. We also navigate local zoning regulations, building codes, and permit requirements to make sure your project complies with legal and regulatory standards. Our hard work means fewer sleepless nights for you. 

Remember that our landscape designers are trained and experienced. They understand the principles of landscape design, horticulture, and construction meaning they offer practical solutions tailored to the unique characteristics of your property. Working with the design team at Landscape East & West is a wise investment toward having a well-planned, enduring, and enjoyable landscape that may enhance your quality of life. 

If you’re ready to start your landscape design plan, contact us. We’re happy to discuss your dreams and begin your yard transformation.