Landscape architecture pays. National studies, in fact, show that the return on investment in a development’s outdoor amenity space can be as high as 150 percent. This does not include the impact of energy costs and other lifespan savings that result from intelligent landscape architecture.
Landscape architecture adds value in a number of ways including perceived value as well as real property value. Several studies show that landscape architecture can add as much as 20 percent to the property value. Here’s how.
It’s often said that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Landscape architecture becomes the first impression of passers-by, as well as potential tenant or buyers. It adds immediate sale and tenancy value by improving that first impression, or “curb appeal.”
Smart and creative landscape architecture helps a property stand out from all the others on the street. This boosts perceived value, which ultimately translates into higher property value and higher occupancy rates.
The American Society of Landscape Architects recommends investing at least 10 percent of mixed-use development value into landscape architecture.
Landscape architecture can support a building or a property development’s brand. That’s why it’s crucial that the landscape architecture be an integral part of the overall design of the whole property.
Intelligent landscape design has a profound impact on the energy use of a building and even a whole property development. Placing trees to provide shade can reduce the load on air conditioning in the warmer months, and block wind to reduce heating costs in the colder periods.
Driveways, parking lots and walkways are essential parts of landscape architecture, and their design has a profound impact on how people experience the building or development. The design has to take into account the use of the building, the existing traffic flows, the desires of the owners and tenants, and uses of the property. It should also include accommodations for mobility-challenged users of the property, whether they’re owners, customers, tenants or visitors.
A well- designed landscape plan can help direct the flow of vehicles and pedestrians, improving the access to the building or the development, reducing congestion and risk of accidents.
Landscape architecture cannot be an afterthought — not if you want to realize the returns and benefits on the investment. Consult with our professional landscape architects before the design of your project is complete, so that the outdoor elements are integral to the overall design and provide a powerful return on investment.