The design and functionality of your outdoor space can be as important as the inside of your home.
In the eyes of a landscape architect the exterior of the home is not simply the plot of land on which your home sits, but an extension of your home. The outdoor space in which people live, work or play, should be tailored to compliment the design and feel of the home and at the same time achieve harmony with the surrounding environment.
Landscape architects help design and construct areas as small as private gardens to as large as full cities. Their knowledge of the environment, design process, engineering principles, soil science and construction practices allows landscape architects to shape and protect the outdoor environment and best accommodate all of its inhabitants while maintaining a high quality of life.
Many homeowners choose to consult a landscape architect when stumbling upon unusual issues that need to be resolved, such as issues with drainage, grading, or wind considerations. In addition, many people turn to a landscape architect to help maximize potential by finding aesthetic and practical solutions for projects such as outdoor pool areas, specialized gardens, terraces, parking and walkways.
Landscape architects must be licensed in Massachusetts, and their practices are regulated by the Board of Registration of Landscape Architects. You also can find information about landscape architects on the American Society of Landscape Architects Web site.
The following three-minute video from HGTV should give you some inspiration.