You choose the professionals you work with carefully: your banker, your attorney, and your accountant – even your hairdresser. It only makes sense that you would choose your landscape architect just as mindfully.

With years of education and hands-on experience, the landscape architect is equipped to transform your outdoor living space into an outdoor oasis. Not only do they make your home more livable today, but also statistics show that homes that have been professionally landscaped generate between 15-20 percent more at the time of sale. That’s a significant difference.

So how do you choose a landscape architect?

• Do your homework

Look around your immediate area for properties that you find aesthetically pleasing. Chances are, a landscape architect was the mastermind. Ask the homeowner or property owner for the name of the professional that was responsible. Dig deeper. Is the professional listed on Houzz? Do they have a bio on Linked In? Take time to visit their website. Here you will find their credentials, project examples, before and after photos, and if they are really good, videos of their work

• Schedule an initial consultation

If you like what you see from your preliminary research, you are ready to move forward with an initial consultation. This is a great opportunity for you to really get to know the person you will work with. Since you are establishing an on-going relationship, it is important that you choose someone you can talk to, and even more importantly, someone who listens. If you have ideas, jot them down. If you have questions about how the job will be done, the timeline or even the price, don’t be afraid to ask. Don’t however expect an on-the-spot proposal and don’t assume that the initial consultation is free. Ask before making the appointment. Many professionals charge a minimum fee that is applied to future services. Keep in mind that the real purpose of this first meeting is to establish a dialogue and discuss the scope of the work to be performed.

• Check references

During your initial meeting, share ideas about how you would like your landscaping to look. Ask to see examples of similar projects, but understand that no two projects are alike. Be sure to ask for references. It is by talking with other homeowners that you can get a true indication of the individual’s dependability and professionalism.

• Start early

It’s never too early to start planning your landscape. In fact, fall and winter are two of the more favorable seasons. Here along the coast, that’s especially true. Our temperate climate will allow you, along with your landscape architect time to review plans, prepare the soil, and select plants to ensure that you are ready when spring rolls around. A beautiful lawn doesn’t just happen. It takes planning and it takes time.

About Indigo Landscaping and Construction
Indigo Landscaping & Construction, Inc. is a full service, design/build-landscaping company located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Led by President and co-founder, Robert Steuer, a landscape architect with more than 30 years experience, their capabilities include site planning, soil quality, storm water management, recreation planning and landscape design that integrates “hard” (build) and “soft” (planted) materials. The company has extensive experience along the Grand Strand in residential, commercial, and governmental landscape projects.
For more information about Indigo Landscaping and Construction visit them online at or call (843) 235-0824.