WHAT ARE LANDSCAPE EFFICIENCIES?
Landscape architects can design plantings to be placed in areas to provide natural screening from direct sun or harsh winds. In New York, deciduous trees will block direct sunlight in the warmer seasons but when the leaves fall they allow the sunlight to pass through.
Alternately, on larger properties (like many in the Hudson Valley) our team of architects can place the location of the home in relationship to fully grown trees to maximize its natural benefits.
HOW DO THEY EFFECT BUILDING COSTS?
A fully grown tree is very expensive to relocate, transport and plant on a property. However, as long as the property and setbacks (dictated by local code) provide enough space to be selective, then choosing the home's location in regard to the existing trees is completely free.
This is a great example of why it's important that architect and homeowner have a conversation about the sustainability benefits of the property prior to even beginning the design process.