Lifescape Associates wanted to share some great news with you today. As you may remember reading in a previous post, designers Dan DeGrush and Tonya Glassmeyer were getting ready to apply for their Landscape Architecture license. Well Dan and Tanya passed the first two of four exams necessary to attain their license. So they are half way there!
The Landscape Architecture Registry Exam (L.A.R.E.) tests on all facets of Landscape Architecture. Since Colorado has a practice and title act, this means you can’t technically call yourself a ‘Landscape Architect’ without being licensed. The Landscape Architect needs to be licensed in their respective states for practice just as lawyers and doctors do.
Lifescape is looking forward to adding two new Landscape Architects to the design staff in Dan and Tonya, as well as assisting its clients as industry leaders in the Colorado and Front Range landscape design and construction industry.
Two members of the Lifescape Associates team, designers Dan DeGrush and Tonya Glassmeyer, are both full steam ahead at studying for the Landscape Architecture Registry Exam (L.A.R.E.). The idea of this exam is that it tests on all facets of Landscape Architecture. Just as lawyers and doctors need to be licensed in their respective states for practice, so does a Landscape Architect. In fact, Colorado has a practice and title act. This means you can’t technically call yourself a ‘Landscape Architect’ without being licensed.
To be licensed, you must have graduated from an accredited Landscape Architecture program in college and pass the LARE exam. This exam consists of four sections: the first two cover Project and Construction Administration; Inventory, Analysis and Program Development. The second two sections cover site design, Construction Documentation and Grading; Drainage and Stormwater Management. Sections one and two are administered in March of 2012 and sections three and four are administer in December of 2012. Tonya and Dan are in full study mode to pass the first two sections in March. Lifescape, while already having a Landscape Architect on staff in Randy Randolph, is looking to continue its excellence in adding two new Landscape Architects to the design staff in Dan and Tonya.
Lifescape looks forward assisting its clients as industry leaders in the Colorado and Front Range landscape design and construction industry.
A new landscape can take anywhere from 2-5 years to mature in the Denver area. Speeding up the process is possible and Lifescape has discovered a few ideas to help with the process.
Decorations and furnishings you choose to incorporate will help define your theme and blend the landscape with the architecture. Material selection is crucial. Mixing different materials help give it an old look. Equal importance to material selection is choosing your plant material. Below are a few additional ideas to help your landscape look aged.
- Propose reclaimed materials (for example, used reclaimed barn timbers for a fireplace hearth or your next arbor)
- Keeping some of the formality but blending it with informal materials (using reclaimed brick – in situations that allow — from a nearby source and irregular flagstone pieces can be used to create an informal look)
- Make pools and water features look more like natural ponds or creeks (adding in different sized boulders and cobbles imitate nature and leave planting pockets to soften the stone)
- Wall fountains, aged wood furniture, and wrought iron are all elements that make a landscape feel aged and rustic
- Creating structure using trees and shrubs, then softening with ground covers and flowers will give it a rustic, elegant flair
There are other techniques, but these are a few Lifescape is using to help age a landscape quickly.
Lifescape is using 3D imagery to help clients visualize projects. Contact a designer at Lifescape at 303-831-8310 and we will help bring your vision to reality.
Now that spring is here and summer is not too far behind, many Denver residents will be spending more time “living outdoors”. Your home’s outdoor spaces should be inviting and accommodate those activities you and your family love. Here are 5 important questions to consider when designing your outdoor spaces:
1. Do you want an outdoor food prep area to make dining and entertaining outside easier?
2. Would you like an expanded lawn area so your children can have more room to kick their soccer ball around?
4. What would bring you outside more? A larger patio with more color and greenery?
5. Would having a fireplace or firepit bring me outside during the cooler and colder months?
Planning your landscape’s design is not something to take lightly, let the professionals help you. Lifescape Associates blends architecture, people and nature into a functional and pleasing landscape environment because we know it pays to have outdoor spaces where the kids, you and your guests can enjoy life to the fullest.