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Guide to Landscaping Architect Costs

One of the most effective ways to increase the curb appeal of your property and craft a beautiful space for relaxing and entertaining is through the services of a landscape architect. This trained individual knows what kinds of plants thrive in your regional environment, and they can plan for an attractive outdoor space today as well as into the future. If you want to hire the services of a landscape architect, use this guide to get a better understanding of the costs involved and the pay structure of the process.

National Hire a Landscape Architect Costs

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National Hire a Landscape Architect Costs
Average reported cost $8,092
Number of Cost Profiles 54 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $150
Maximum reported cost $250,000
Most homeowners spent between: $1,642 to $4,387

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Initial Consultation and Planning Costs

The first and most important cost involved with hiring a landscaping architect is the consultation. The landscape architect should come to your property and view the entire space, talk with you about your needs and wants for the property and see the light, existing plants and climate that could influence the best possible design. Then, the landscape architect will draw up plans and present an idea to you for the space. This process is almost always an hourly fee, and it generally costs between $75 and $150 per hour.

Costs of Implementing the Design Plans

After the initial consultation, you can choose to take some ideas and implement them on your own, or you can have the landscape architect oversee and manage the project. Of course, professional long-term services come at a cost, and the average homeowner pays between $2,611 and $3,683 for a landscape architect. Along with the expenses of the landscape architect, you will need to pay for materials, other professionals to do manual labor and all of the traditional costs involved with landscaping a property.

Choosing the Right Fee Structure

There are two major ways that landscape architects choose to be paid. The most common is a total percentage of the project cost. That means that if you pay $10,000 for a landscape makeover, you could pay 10 percent, or $1,000, to the architect. However, some landscape architects prefer to work on an hourly basis at your expense, so be clear upfront about how the fee will be structured.

Hiring a landscape architect is an additional expense, but the result can be an attractive and appealing outdoor space that you want to spend more time in than ever before.

Last updated on May 16, 2016

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