Will removing snow hurt my new paver patio, walkway, or driveway?
Just like with concrete and asphalt pavements, Techo-Bloc pavers can be plowed and shoveled. Actually, the edges and joints around the pavers assist in melting snow and ice. When using a contractor for snow removal, it is recommended to verify that their equipment uses Teflon blades to avoid scratching the pavers. Using de-icing salt (sodium chloride or calcium chloride) to remove snow and ice will not harm Techo-Bloc paving stones.
How much does a design usually cost?
A full color, to scale design generally runs between $400-600 for part of a property (ex. Front Yard only).
If the client is interested in a design for the whole property, designs generally run between $600-1,000.
What is the difference between a Landscape Architect and a Landscape Designer?
A Landscape Architect is a person who focuses more on urban planning, city and regional parks, civic and corporate landscapes, large scale interdisciplinary projects, and delegation to contractors after completing designs. They specialize in designing outdoor environments, and develop land for human use and enjoyment through effective placement of structures, vehicular and pedestrian ways.
A Landscape Designer is a person who focuses on both the integrated master landscape planning of a property and the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants within it. The practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability are also components of landscape design. It is often divided into hardscape design and softscape design. Landscape designers often collaborate with related disciplines such as architecture and geography, soils and civil engineering, surveying, landscape contracting, botany, and artisan specialties.
Design factors include objective qualities such as: climate and microclimates; topography and orientation, site drainage; municipal and resource building codes; soils and irrigation; human and vehicular access and circulation; furnishings and lighting; native plant habitat botany when present; property safety and security; client's needs and preferences; desirable plants and elements to retain on site, modify, or replace; construction detailing; and other measurable considerations.
*There can be significant overlap of talent and skill between the two roles, depending on the education, licensing, and experience of the professional. Both landscape designers and landscape architects practice landscape design.
What to expect from a consultation appointment?
After making a in-house appointment, you should receive a confirmation email (if email was provided), confirming the desired day/time of the appointment, as well as providing details of who your consultant is and what to expect during the appointment. During the appointment, the consultant will provide you with several options for your project, educate you on the different plants, materials, and products that can be used, take measurements and pictures, as well as share the level of care involved and what you can expect from the process.
* When deciding on constructing a new hardscape project for your property, you as the client or the consultant will take into consideration the existing stone and materials on the property so that the new work will complement the existing fixtures and structures.
Would my consultation appointment include a design?
Not necessarily. Your consultant will takes notes on your project and may create a rough sketch of what you are looking to do; but if you want something more detailed and to scale, you would need a full scale design/master plan. Generally, if you are doing multiple projects at a location (example: patio, retaining wall, and landscaping) or are interested in landscaping both the back and front yard, a design is recommended.