24 San Luis Obispo 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 architects work with living plants as well as building materials, so they are designing for future growth and maintenance as well as the present. Landscape architecture is also very regional, so you want to find a designer that’s familiar with the San Luis Obispo Metro Area climate and plants that do well there. Start here to find out more about hiring a landscape designer to help with your landscape construction. More 
Baywood Park, CA, US 93402
GEOGRAPHIC PRACTICE: California, National, International ABOUT US: From the firm's inception in 1992, the philosophy of Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture has... Read More
Ecotones (805) 927-0374
Cambria, CA, US 93428
Landscape Design and Installation Read More
Wallace Group (805) 544-4011
San Luis Obispo, CA, US 93401
Our landscape architecture team begins every project by listening. We firmly believe that an informed site assessment and understanding of client goals are the foundation for... Read More
Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, CA, US 93402
Sage Ecological Landscapes is a Landscape Design-Build Firm, complete with in-house Construction and Maintenance divisions. Sage also operates the oldest working retail Nursery... Read More
Landsystems & Associates (805) 543-2473
San Luis Obispo, CA, US 93401
Serving the Central Coast Since 1986, Award Winning, Eco-Friendly Landscape Design & Irrigation Plans By Linda Shotwell, APLD Specializing in Large Rural Properties, Custom Urban... Read More
San Luis Obispo, CA, US 93406
Kaylana Alaysa provides professional landscape design services for residential homeowners, contractors and DIY projects within California. Providing creative ideas in all... Read More
Oceano, CA, US
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Los Osos, CA, US
Garden design. Read More
Left Side Landscape (805) 440-7051
San Luis Obispo, CA, US 93406
Atascadero, CA, US 93423
Landscape design and supply, specializing in big trees covering the state of California. Read More
Shade Design Studio (805) 234-4482
Atascadero, CA, US 93422
We offer full residential planning and design services, specializing in California native plants and water-wise gardens. Read More
Arroyo Grande, CA, US 93420
UNIQUE SUSTAINABLE GARDENS, GREEN LANDSCAPE SOLUTIONS, WATER CONSERVATION AND COST EFFECTIVE DESIGNS Read More
San Luis Obispo, CA, US 93401
San Luis Obispo, CA, US 93401
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San Luis Obispo, CA, US
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What Is a Landscape Architect?


The work of this professional can pretty much be summarized to include everything that is not related to the house structure itself. The landscape architect can even work with the architect to choose the right spot for your San Luis Obispo Metro Area house. From there he or she will develop preliminary concepts for your landscape construction, based on individual needs, the San Luis Obispo Metro Area climate and the activities that will be performed in the yard, as well as designs and planting plans. They will also design any structures or outbuildings that will be added to the landscape. Any grading changes that will be added to the landscape are also the responsibility of the landscape 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?


Landscape designers generally have ecological, aesthetic and technical training, which helps them maximize the potential of your outdoor space. Keeping in mind both style and functionality, landscape 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 Luis Obispo Metro Area 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 landscape planning, some may deliver the plans and then oversee a hired landscape contractor, and others — typically following a design-build approach — take care of both the design and all aspects of the landscape construction.

Before you hire a landscape professional, consider the scope and emphasis of your landscape architecture 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 a prospective landscape architect or designer:


  • 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 Luis Obispo Metro Area landscape architects and designers. You can also look through San Luis Obispo Metro Area photos to find a space you like, then contact the professional who posted the photo. You can find more landscape architects & landscape designers in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Lompoc and Goleta.
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