After more than three decades in business, we’ve helped guide hundreds of clients through the process of planning and designing their outdoor spaces. While each project is unique, there are certainly some common questions that arise throughout the process. Here, we answer some of your most frequently asked questions.
1. Can we be green without going into the red?
“The answer to this question is always YES – there are many sustainable design choices that cost the same as (or sometimes even less than) a traditional solution. The key to making smart, sustainable planning and design choices is early collaboration among the project team. Some examples of cost-effective sustainable solutions include low impact stormwater management practices, using native and locally-sourced plants, and incorporating grading solutions that are respectful of the site’s original topography. Seeing the project holistically helps the project team develop solutions that function both economically and sustainably.”
- Peter Dufrene, Project Director
2. Being on budget is great, but what about the long-term maintenance costs?
“The mantra Think Globally, Design Locally is appropriate here. We draw our design inspiration from around the world, but when it comes to specifying plant and products, we look close to home. Even the best equipment will need to be serviced, repaired, or replaced in the future. Engaging with local manufacturers helps decrease that future cost. Additionally, strategies like plant zoning – grouping plants that have similar water needs together – can also help decrease the project’s overall water needs and help extend the life of the project.”
- Chris Lalich, Director of Project Operations