Jeremy J. Kox Landscape
Why Should You Choose a Landscape
An independent landscape architect has only one
goal... to create a landscape that achieves your goals. They are not
worried about selling overstocked materials, up-selling unnecessary items, or
managing a profit margin for the company. They only want what is best for
Your Intrests Come First!
Emphasis on Strong Design Principles
A Landscape Architect can help you define
your needs and can offer insights and ideas you may not have considered.
A landscape architect is formally trained in the intricacies involved in
designing with living, evolving material. In addition to traditional
planting design, they are qualified to provide grading plans, propose stormwater
management solutions, and perform land-use planning. A landscape architect
will oversee all aspects of the landscape installation to ensure a high quality
finished product that reflects your landscape goals.
People who select Landscape Design/Build
Contractors and/or garden installers may find that the project never fully
designed or that important details are left to chance. This can result in
a landscape that does not meet their needs and can end up costing them more in
the long term.
It's a Smart Investment
A landscape Architect often saves you money by bidding the construction
installation process with several highly qualified landscape contractors.
This produces a competitive bid situation add eliminates the
"take-it-or-leave-it" project pricing mentality typically associated with
design/build firms. JJKLA maintains long-lasting business relationships
with local contractors noted for their high-quality work and fair pricing.
Landscaping is one of the only items in home
construction that results in a positive return on investment. A Clemson
University study found landscaping can result in more than a 100% return on
investment. The report concluded that “Homeowners wanting to increase the value
of their property will do well to consider the cost-effective, return potential
of quality landscaping, and to safeguard their investments by hiring licensed,
professional landscape architects/contractors to perform the work.” The
return on investment is contingent upon the quality of the landscape
installation. In other words, just because you spent $10,000 on landscape and
garden plants doesn't mean you'll get that money back. It's important that you
find the right landscaping architectr / contractor for your project and use only
high-quality materials. One hundred $10 plants purchased at the local hardware
store doesn't have the same value as ten $100 plants purchased at a local garden
Please visit the
American Society of Landscape Architects Homeowners
Guide Section for more quotes on the value of a quality landscape.
In a field dominated by landscape
designers with little or no formal training, a Landscape Architect will
provide you with an unmatched level of
professionalism. You wouldn't hire your plumber to design
your house, neither should you hire your landscaper to design your landscape
(especially if they lack the formal training and credentials).
A landscape architect will be able to provide you
with examples of work similar to you project as well as a resume and personal
references. In addition, a landscape architect will be active in
professional organizations such as the American Society of Landscape Architects
(ASLA) and be active in the betterment of his/her community. This
information should provide peace of mind that your job will be handled correctly
and in a professional manner.
Landscape improvement is an important and
worthwhile investment; you have the right to hire the most qualified
professionals to help you plan and implement your goals.
Your Personal Advocate
A landscape architect will recommend qualified
landscape contractors that are a good fit for your project. He/she will
then submit a request for proposal from select contractors and serve as your
advocate during the bidding process. After a contractor or contractors
have been selected to complete your landscape project, the landscape architect
will act on your behalf to schedule and oversee quality control on your project.
If problems occur, a landscape architect will ensure that due diligence is used
to rectify the situation with as little cost to you as possible.
Guaranteed Standard of Care
A landscape architect is a licensed professional
who is sworn to uphold specific design guidelines. They have taken an oath
to uphold the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. A
landscape architect will never propose a design element that is unsafe or will
cause cause harm to a client or a clients property.
Strong Principles of Ethic
A landscape architect, upon being licensed,
agrees to serve his clients and work only in their best interests. Due to
this oath, a landscape architect will never take a bribe or accept a "kick-back"
from a contractor to get your project. They will never knowingly violate
or attempt to "bend" federal, state, or local laws just to get a project sold.
We would never risk a potential law suit against our clients.