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How Much Does Landscape Design Cost?

 
 average costMedium: $300-$2,500 
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  Typical costs:
  • Depending on the size and location of the project, it can cost anywhere from $300-$2,500 to have a landscape designer create a detailed plan for your property. For simpler projects, it's also possible to get 1-2 hours of onsite verbal consultation for $50-$100 an hour. On the other end of the scale, "name" designers and architects might charge $6,000-$16,000 or more for detailed plans and drawings.
  • Computer software programs can help you create your own detailed landscaping plan. Better Homes and Gardens[1] offers a variety of software solutions at prices ranging from $60-$500, while Your Complete Landscape and Garden Designer[2] by Valusoft retails for $20.
  • Plan A Garden is a free online service from Better Homes and Gardens that lets you create a simple garden sketch using your computer. BHG.com also provides a wide variety of free online garden plans.
  • Then there's the cost of buying and installing the plants, stones, pavers, fencing and other landscaping features. A lot will depend on your choices, but having someone do the work to create a naturalistic garden averages $11 a square foot, or $27,500 for every step of installing a 50x50-foot yard; a formal garden with water features, walls and more could run $17-$23 a square foot or more, which means $42,500-$57,500 for 50x50 feet. Of course, the more planting, seeding and other projects you do yourself, the cheaper it gets.
  • High-end landscape architects working on new construction often charge a percentage of the project costs; if a homeowner is spending $60,000 on a new residential pool and all related features and landscaping, a Massachusetts firm quotes a design fee of 15-20% or $9,000-$12,000.
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What should be included:
  • A landscape plan can range from a concept design providing various ideas about what to do with the property, to master plan drawings showing a specific vision for the site, to a detailed construction plan that the homeowner or a contractor can use to create the entire project. A landscape plan should take into account soil conditions, drainage, area usage, sun, shade, slope, level of maintenance desired and other factors.
  • The University of Missouri[3] gives a much more detailed look at front yard landscaping; and the University of Florida[4] provides an in-depth explanation of the principles of landscape design.
  • Check with your local planning department about setbacks, other requirements, and permits. If you're mostly prepping soil and adding plants or lawn on a small scale, you probably won't need a permit.
Additional costs:
  • Better Homes and Gardens lists 18 ways to stretch your landscaping budget.
  • If money is tight, have your property designed and landscaped in stages, as you can afford it.
  • Some garden centers offer free design service if you buy all your plants there; be sure you like their selection and styles. Ask if you can see a portfolio of their designs and references from satisfied customers.
Shopping for landscape design:
  • Better Homes and Gardens lists questions to ask before hiring a landscaper.
  • Always ask to see a designer's portfolio, and request (and check) references from satisfied clients.
  • The American Society of Landscape Architects gives tips for hiring[5] and referrals to its members[6] . Referrals are also available through the American Association of Landscape Designers.
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Posted by: Lenora Bigelow in Modesto, CA.Posted: August 8th, 2016 11:08PM
Landscaper: Sq Ft Landscaped: 15" X 20"
He is grading, adding soil, leveling, installing flagstone on 26 sq. ft. Grinding 5 tree stumps, cutting tree roots. Installing plants and mulch. Charging over $12,000, including $920 for workers comp.
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Landscape Design cost
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: Aaron Degler in Geneva, IL.Posted: October 2nd, 2014 12:10PM
Landscaper: Degler Design, Inc.Sq Ft Landscaped: varies
I am a registered landscape architect and what I charge for a residential landscape plan varies depending on the scope of the project. Most people do not understand the value of hiring a LA (that is another discussion) but what I charge for a typical suburban lot in the Chicago area ranges from $500-750 (just for the design work).
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Landscape Design
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Ben Bowen in Portland, OR.Posted: February 11th, 2014 02:02PM
Landscaper: Ross NW WatergardensSq Ft Landscaped: 3000
I am a landscape designer at Ross NW Watergardens in Portland, OR. Our high end residential designs average $1500.00.
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Landscaper: local manSq Ft Landscaped:
planted 6 crepe mytles,planted 10 camilla schrubs mulched
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Posted by: Sarah Nelson in Tewksbury, MA.Posted: July 19th, 2011 10:07AM
Landscaper: Mr. GreenJeansSq Ft Landscaped:
I hired Joseph Phelan who is the owner of Mr. GreenJeans landscape. He designed a wonderful backyard for me. He also installed a landscape lighting system as well. I found him through a neighbor. I was very happy with the work and recomend him to anyone. He looks rough and tough and is covered in tattoos, which I found amusing seeing he looks like a biker but is very knowledgeable about plants and flowers. Any other questions about I will be glad to answer. His company is located in Tewksbury MA. I know he can be reached at 978 888 5228.., hope I dont get in trouble for giving out his number. Oh and if I was 20 years younger I would date him, he is very easy on the eyes.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.homedesignersoftware.com/products/
  2.  www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007U9BTE?tag2=thelandscapde-20
  3.  extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G6905
  4.  edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/MG/MG08600.pdf
  5.  www.asla.org/nonmembers/publicrelations/selectla.htm
  6.  online.asla.org/scriptcontent/index_find_firm.cfm
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