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What is Landscape Architecture??

After working in the Landscape Architecture field for the past couple of years, I’ve become acutely aware of the fact that there is a general misconception about this profession; Landscape Architects are often confused with landscapers.  Landscape Architecture, as defined by ‘wikipedia’  is a multi-disciplinary field, incorporating aspects of botany, horticulture, the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, soil sciences, environmental psychology, geography, and ecology. The activities of a landscape architect can range from the creation of public parks and parkways to site planning for campuses and corporate office parks, from the design of residential estates to the design of civil infrastructure and the management of large wilderness areas or reclamation of degraded landscapes such as mines or landfills. Landscape architects work on structures and external spaces with limitations toward the landscape or park aspect of the design – large or small, urban, suburban and rural, and with “hard” (built) and “soft” (planted) materials, while integrating ecological sustainability. The most valuable contribution can be made at the first stage of a project to generate ideas with technical understanding and creative flair for the design, organization, and use of spaces. The landscape architect can conceive the overall concept and prepare the master plan, from which detailed design drawings and technical specifications are prepared. They can also review proposals to authorize and supervise contracts for the construction work. Other skills include preparing design impact assessments, conducting environmental assessments and audits, and serving as an expert witness at inquiries on land use issues.

After spending almost 20 years working as an architect, designing and building high end custom vacation homes in the mountains of the Dominican Republic, I have developed a passion for creating spaces that maximize the interaction we humans have with the natural environment.  Most of the homes I designed and built provided ample outdoor living spaces, as part of the ‘MAIN HOUSE’.  As with the Caribbean, the Texas climate lends itself to enjoying the outdoors, with the exception of a couple of months in the middle of summer…when it’s just dang hot!  That being said, you will still see folks enjoying well designed outdoor spaces in August!  Landvisions is not just another East Texas landscape company.   We are Architects…that focus our energies on all spaces outside the context of interior spaces and we are passionate about walking with our clients through the design process.  Read more about our process….http://www.landvisionstx.com/process/    We at Landvisions are humans just like you, and we don’t always get it right the first time…and often not even on the second try, but we are committed to the process and getting you to where your space is everything you dreamed it would be.  The past several months I’ve had the opportunity to go the extra mile with several clients who were asking for the extra care and time to make sure their new outdoor spaces met expectations.  The last few steps of the journey can sometimes seem like miles….and to abandon someone at t his point would be to sabotage both a new friendship as well as the mission for why we exist!  Our clients with the highest expectations are the ones who make us better!  If your looking for something different and unique, give us a call and schedule a meeting.  We would love to come and dream with you, no matter how big or small your space is.  The more challenging the constraints the better!

Chad relishingthe fruits of his deign labor, simpler is better!  The symbiotic relationship between Nature and Architecure

Chad relishingthe fruits of his deign labor, simpler is better! The symbiotic relationship between Nature and Architecure


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