DeBilzan https://debilzan.com Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:12:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://debilzan.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/debilzan-avatr-150x118.png DeBilzan https://debilzan.com 32 32 The Importance of Water Features in a Landscape https://debilzan.com/the-importance-of-water-features-in-a-landscape/ https://debilzan.com/the-importance-of-water-features-in-a-landscape/#respond Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:12:35 +0000 http://debilzan.com/?p=47506 It should be no surprise to anyone living in Central Oregon that their home is technically a desert. The naturally brown and arid landscape of the region often seems as if it’s begging for water, which is why water features are so sought after by landowners in the area. The benefits of constructing a water […]

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It should be no surprise to anyone living in Central Oregon that their home is technically a desert. The naturally brown and arid landscape of the region often seems as if it’s begging for water, which is why water features are so sought after by landowners in the area. The benefits of constructing a water feature don’t stop at its ability to spritz up a landscape, though. Water features pack in numerous other benefits that not only transform a landscape, but the well-being of those around it. Below is a list of our favorite reasons why you should include a water feature in your landscape.

Less noise pollution

Central Oregon is growing and it’s growing fast. A symptom of the region’s endless growth is greater noise pollution and with it, less quiet. After stressful days and long shifts at work, the last thing you want is to come home and relax, only to be interrupted by the noises of traffic and neighbors. Water features provide a solution by absorbing this noise pollution and providing their own soothing sound. This can make time spent in your landscape more enjoyable and provide you with an escape from life outside your landscape.

Improved personal health

Recent studies have shown something miraculous: time spent near a source of water has a positive and soothing effect on peoples’ minds. Negative ions, which are known to play an important part in reducing stress, are actually emitted by flowing water! If that wasn’t enough, the sound of flowing water has also been shown to have a calming effect on peoples’ minds which translates to an overall improvement in physical and mental health. Water features don’t just make your landscape healthier, they make YOU healthier.

Increase property value

 While there might be other ways to boost your property’s value in a way that better fits your needs, water features are a tried and true way to increase how much your property is worth. Sure, you could go with installing a pool or hot tub with elaborate water systems that require painstaking upkeep. But why not go with something that requires a simple system, which means less time and effort to install, if it can also increase the value of your property?

With these three benefits of installing a water feature, not to mention the advantages we didn’t cover, there isn’t much getting in the way between you and a fantastic upgrade to your landscape. Install a water feature today and reap the benefits for the years to come.

 

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How to Find a Quality Landscape Designer https://debilzan.com/how-to-find-a-quality-landscape-designer/ https://debilzan.com/how-to-find-a-quality-landscape-designer/#respond Tue, 31 Dec 2019 16:02:04 +0000 http://debilzan.com/?p=47502 In most lines of work, experience and reputation are invaluable. No amount of money or marketing can equate an individual with little experience to one with decades of practical knowledge. After all, most employers expect applicants to have some amount of prior experience in an industry before being hired. So at the end of the […]

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In most lines of work, experience and reputation are invaluable. No amount of money or marketing can equate an individual with little experience to one with decades of practical knowledge. After all, most employers expect applicants to have some amount of prior experience in an industry before being hired. So at the end of the day, when anyone can claim to be a “qualified” landscape designer, how can you distinguish an experienced landscape designer from an amateur? It can often seem difficult, but it’s much easier than you’d expect. Below are some things to look out for, and things to avoid, when selecting your next landscape designer.

Referrals

One of the prime indicators of a landscape designer’s ability are their referrals. A landscape designer with experience, skill and impressive business practices receives numerous referrals from clients, thereby establishing a customer base on a foundation of success and positive relationships. Alternatively, landscape designers with mixed reviews, or who you’ve heard little about, may not be the best choice. If a friend, family member or even an acquaintance recommend a landscape designer to you, listen! Referrals are the key to finding a talented and skilled landscape designer.

Certifications

In Oregon, the Oregon State Landscape Architect Board regulates the practice of landscape architecture. It does this by administering licensure exams and overseeing practicing landscape architects to ensure their work lives up to the expectations of their clients. At the bare minimum, you should confirm that any landscape architect you choose is certified under this board and has an active license to be practicing in the field. Doing so will guarantee that your landscape designer is of a high quality.

Education

There are many career fields that don’t require an individual to have a professional education in order to be successful. Unfortunately, landscape architecture is not one of them. The best landscape designers spend years receiving a formal education in how to best construct a landscape that fits the needs and desires of the client. While an individual can demonstrate talent and ability without a degree, their knowledge in the field would never be comparable to that of someone who first received an education on the topic. Ask the next landscape designer you’re considering if they hold a degree in the field because a formal education can go a long way.

Past Work

Last, but certainly not least, is the importance of a landscape designer’s past work. One can never truly know the ability of a quality landscape designer until they have reviewed their past projects. You wouldn’t want a newly licensed surgeon to perform surgery on you, so why should you want an inexperienced landscape architect overseeing your landscape project? Nothing speaks to an individual’s abilities more than the work they’ve done in the past, so make sure to ask to see their past work when deciding whether they are the right fit for you.

There you have it! By looking at the referrals, certifications, education and past work of any landscape designer, anyone should be able to discern whether they are a right fit for them and their project. These four indicators are important tools, and by sticking to them, you’ll be putting whatever project you have in store in qualified and responsible hands.

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