294 River Forest, IL Landscape Architects and Designers

Professional landscaping anchors a house to the site, connects it with the environment and creates a welcoming entrance to a home. Garden designers and landscape architects design with living plants and building materials, and they always keep in mind future growth, maintenance and overall visual appeal. Landscape architecture is very regional, so look for a Illinois landscape designer that’s familiar with the River Forest, IL climate and plant types that do well there. Start here to learn more about the landscaping services that will help you create your dream garden. More 
Chicago, IL, 60625
8 miles from River Forest
We are a fully integrated landscape design and construction business, serving Chicago and suburbs for 19 years. From the initial design stages to final construction, we remain... Read More
Chicago, IL, 60614
9 miles from River Forest
Prassas Landscape Studio LLC is a landscape architecture firm dedicated to the thoughtful design of landscapes through the integration of sustainability and innovation. The... Read More
In & Out Design (847) 772-6018
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004
18 miles from River Forest
BEST OF HOUZZ 2014! IN & OUT DESIGN is a unique design firm which specializes in extraordinary, affordable exterior and interior transformations. Their comprehensive design and... Read More
Glenview, IL, 60025
13 miles from River Forest
Exterra Designs responsiveness, creativity and quality are our focus as we do what we do best...Creating Exterior Environments. We provide Landscape Architectural and... Read More
Premier Service (630) 321-9530
Lemont, IL, 60439
16 miles from River Forest
Premier is a Design/Build Landscape company focusing on the high-end residential market in the greater Chicagoland area. Mission: Premier operates on a daily basis for the... Read More
Blanford Design (224) 778-5317
Mundelein, IL, 60060
28 miles from River Forest
Blanford Design specializes in creating landscapes worth framing.We develop masterplans for your property and guide you through the construction and implementation of your... Read More
Vernon Hills, IL, 60061
25 miles from River Forest
To Chicagoland homeowners, we are the partner that creates the beautiful landscape of your dreams and enables the lifestyle you want. To our colleagues in the industry, we are... Read More
Lake Forest, IL, 60045
24 miles from River Forest
Architectural Gardens is an award-winning, full-service landscape design-build company serving the Chicagoland area. We specialize in offering our customers unique designs that... Read More
Naperville, IL, 60565
20 miles from River Forest
JR's Creative Landscaping of Naperville has been creating breathtaking outdoor living solutions for Chicagoland's high-end homes since 1984. Whether you want an elegant pergola,... Read More
Rooftopia, LLC (773) 398-9486
Chicago, IL, 60622
8 miles from River Forest
Full service Rooftop Gardens, Landscape Design and Build Firm serving Chicago Read More
Naperville, IL, 60563
20 miles from River Forest
Our mission is to be the finest landscape design, construction and maintenance company with a reputation for the best products, superior craftsmanship, and excellent customer... Read More
Chesterton, IN, 46304
45 miles from River Forest
Awarded the Best of Houzz 2014 ! Our team of registered Landscape Architects average over 35 years of experience. Read More
Naperville, IL, 60567
15 miles from River Forest
The Design Staff at C.B. Conlin Landscapes prides itself on designing exterior spaces that are a reflection of the architecture, the environment and most importantly, you. We take... Read More
Wilmette, IL, 60091
14 miles from River Forest
Design/ Build Outdoor Environments Read More
Chicago, IL, 60641
5 miles from River Forest
Urban, sustainable landscape architecture and ornamental horticulture. Design, build and maintenance services. Public and private garden art. Read More
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What is a landscape architect?


The work of this outdoor professional includes most everything surrounding a home's exterior. A landscaping architect can even work with the home architect to choose the right spot for your River Forest, IL house. From there, he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs, including the River Forest, IL climate and activities that will take place, as well as layouts and planting plans. Landscape architects will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the space. Any grading changes that will be added to the yard are also the responsibility of the architect. This includes any drainage modifications. An engineer can also be responsible for these tasks, but a licensed professional is fully capable. Like building architects, they will produce preliminary concept drawings, as well as detailed construction documents and planting plans. Three-dimensional renderings and illustrative plans are all supplementary.

What is a landscape designer?


A landscaping designer generally will have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, garden designers analyze your architecture and yard to produce a plan that may or may not include location and materials for walkways, patios, water features, fences, garden aspects and more. In addition, a River Forest, IL garden designer will carefully assess your geographic region to choose plants, trees and flowers that will flourish naturally, as well as address concerns such as drainage, screening and soil conditions. Certain landscape designers only help with the planning portion, while some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscaping contractor. Others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape architecture and construction.

Before you hire a Illinois professional landscaper, consider the scope and emphasis of your outdoor project. Landscape architects, who typically hold advanced degrees in their field, are trained to develop comprehensive structural plans that include plants, hardscaping, water use, drainage and more. Landscape designers typically specialize in the aesthetic and horticultural, rather than structural, side of yard and garden planning. They might or might not have advanced training. Even within their fields, a garden designer may specialize in hardscape- or vegetation-focused designs. In some cases you might need to hire additional help to get the outdoor space you want.

Questions to ask prospective landscapers:


  • Can you provide me with references?
  • How long have you been in the business?
  • What is your certification?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How much do you charge, and what does that include?
  • What regions and climates are you skilled in?
  • Can you accommodate my special requests (such as ADA or LEED)?
  • What types of renderings will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When can you complete this project?
  • What do your services include?
  • Who will be working on the project design?
  • What happens when costs exceed budget, whether due to materials or labor pricing changes? What about changes made by the client or by the professionals — what kinds of situations would cause those costs to be incurred?
  • Can you provide me with a written estimate?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any important considerations or concerns that you know of or that might come up in the future with this project?

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