691 San Francisco, CA 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 California landscape designer that’s familiar with the San Francisco, CA 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 
Pleasant Hill, CA, 94523
23 miles from San Francisco
Joseph Huettl is a landscape architect and landscape contractor specializing in residential and small to medium scale commercial and institutional projects. Huettl Landscape... Read More
The Garden Route Company was founded by Richard Radford and Sandy Ayers in 2000 and has continued to design & build groundbreaking landscapes throughout California and abroad.
San Francisco, CA, 94107
Arterra provides a unique and visionary residential landscape design service which integrates art with technology. The resulting gardens are sculptural, visually stunning and... Read More
Kate Michels Landscape Design specializes in creating custom residential gardens that reflect the personal taste and lifestyle of each client. My expertise is in designing gardens best suited for you.
Half Moon Bay & Los Gatos, CA, 94019
21 miles from San Francisco
Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group (formerly Kikuchi & Associates) is a Northern California landscape architectural firm established in 1984. Our work includes custom residential... Read More
Our mission is to design places of great beauty that are stylistically diverse, functional and restorative, reflecting and preserving the unique historic, cultural and environmental characteristics.
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
22 miles from San Francisco
Envision Landscape Studio is a Landscape Architecture and Landscape Construction Firm. We see Landscape Architecture as an artistic expression of the synthesis of man,... Read More
San Anselmo, CA, 94960
17 miles from San Francisco
Awarding Winning Landscape Designer Eileen Kelly creates unique landscape and garden designs for a variety of outdoor environments and themes for homeowners throughout the San... Read More
South San Francisco, CA, 94980
9 miles from San Francisco
Terra Ferma Landscapes was founded by Brian Koch in May 1994. We started as a small landscape construction company on the Peninsula and have grown into one of the Bay Area’s... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94107
A best of Houzz winner for 2013 and 2014, Zeterre is a Landscape Architecture Firm focusing on creative and innovative designs for high end residences, estates and equestrian... Read More
South San Francisco, CA, 94080
9 miles from San Francisco
The Garden Route Company was founded by Richard Radford and Sandy Ayers in 2000 and has continued to design & build groundbreaking landscapes throughout California and abroad. ... Read More
San Francisco, CA, 94110
After working together at a design/build firm in San Francisco, Laura and Jude collaborated on an award winning garden at the 1999 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. In... Read More
mill valley, CA, 94941
11 miles from San Francisco
INTEGRATED DESIGN STUDIO (IDS) is led by Landscape Architects Jane Sedonaen and Michael Erskine. Together they bring innovative and creative solutions to enhance the outdoor... Read More
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
22 miles from San Francisco
How can we help you? •Modern, Traditional, California natural designs. •Outdoor living rooms. •Shade structures. •Outdoor kitchen and eating areas. •Fire pit or... Read More
Alamo, CA, 94507
23 miles from San Francisco
John Montgomery has been designing personalized environments for over 30 years. Clients hire JM-LA because of John's unique art, construction, and architectural background along... Read More
Greenbrae, CA, 94904
14 miles from San Francisco
My goal is to help my Clients achieve their dreams for their garden. I have become capable of taking the ideas of my clients and create a unique environment personally tailored to... Read More
Sausalito, CA, 94965
8 miles from San Francisco
Shades of Green is a landscape architecture studio committed to promoting sustainable landscape practices through the creation of unique and innovative design solutions,... Read More
Saratoga, CA, 95070
42 miles from San Francisco
Our mission at Casa Smith Designs is to help you create an indoor-outdoor home environment that refreshes you completely—body, mind and soul. We start with a design vision that... 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 San Francisco, CA house. From there, he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your front or backyard design based on individual needs, including the San Francisco, CA 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 San Francisco, CA 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 California 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. Here are some related professionals and vendors to complement the work of landscape architects & landscape designers: Landscape Contractors, Garden & Landscape Supplies, Tree Services, Lawn & Sprinklers, Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures.

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?

Find a landscape architect on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to San Francisco, CA landscape architects and designers. You can also look through San Francisco, CA photos to find a space you like, then contact the professional who posted the photo. You can find more landscape architects & landscape designers in Oakland, Richmond, Berkeley, Daly City and San Mateo.
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