Guiding Principles for Landscape Design

Jun 2, 2022 | Blog, Commercial Landscaping

When you’re in the initial stages of planning for a major development project, you may not immediately think of the difference that quality landscape design makes for your space. While there’s no denying that landscaping certainly makes your property look exceptional, there’s also plenty of value in the less apparent details that go into creating a functional layout that achieves your core objectives. At the Krahn Group of Companies (KGC), we know just how important it is to incorporate practical and aesthetic design into your space. That’s why, in partnership with KD Planning & Design, our team is here to support your build in every way possible. Whether you’re in the public or private sector, our landscape design team is here to transform your space and create a final result that you can trust to stand the test of time.

Below, we’ll discuss four of the most important principles that guide landscape design to create exceptional spaces. Read on to learn more!

1. Effective Landscape Design Should Create a Superior Experience

One of the core guiding principles of landscape architecture is knowing how to utilize all of the different components within your space, as well as meet the unique needs of your business, the community, and everything in between. A skilled landscape designer will know how to incorporate the entire space including both hardscape (non-organic features like paved areas, stonework or masonry, fences, etc.) and softscape elements to create a safe, functional design that works all year round.

2. Function Forward

A successful landscape design will always keep the needs and objectives of your space at the front of mind. Not only do you need to ensure that the space is easy to navigate for staff, visitors, residents or any other parties that will occupy the area (more on that below), but you need to consider a wide variety of environmental and climate factors, intended uses for designated spaces, site-specific hazards, and more. Your landscape team will work closely with all other involved parties to determine what all needs to be addressed, and to help your build team achieve all objectives as easily as possible.

3. Balance, Symmetry, and Intentional Use of Space

There’s often an unspoken flair of showmanship behind landscape design, with your design crew working alongside your project team to determine how to best balance and execute all visual, structural, and foundational elements in such a way that the final product is as seamless as it feels. The beauty of well-designed spaces is often in the details we don’t see, thanks to the careful eyes and guidance of landscape architects that know how to flawlessly integrate everything into one perfect “picture”.

4. Safety and Sustainability

Finally, your team of landscape architects always needs to plan around safety and sustainability when designing your space. From addressing seasonal conditions to incorporating accessibility features, dealing with slope and grading challenges, and everything in between, your landscape design team has you covered!

Design the Perfect Space with KD Planning & Design Today!

The Krahn Group of Companies is pleased to offer you industry-leading landscape architecture support through our partnership with KD Planning & Design, including arborist consultation within British Columbia. With decades of experience behind our team, and access to the full scope of the Krahn Group’s additional services including project management, development assist, interior design, architecture, mechanical and civil engineering, and much more.

Learn more about how KD Planning & Design can help you transform the landscape of your job site by contacting us today.

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