Hiring a professional landscape architect isn’t inexpensive. But in the long run it’s the best investment you’ll ever make in your property. The cost of good landscape design is a tiny part of the total cost of your landscape. In fact, it usually runs around 2 to 3 percent of the total cost of designing, installing, and maintaining a landscape for a 20-year lifespan.


But here’s the important thing to keep in mind: a proper design up front ensures that the improvements you make will be first-class, beautiful, economical to construct, and most important of all, economical to live with over time. A good design will pay for itself, a poor design will cause problems for a long time. That’s why we always say that good design isn’t cheap, it’s free. Why jump into an expensive landscaping project without a proper design? We’re experts at creating sustainable, economical landscapes that really work. You can see how beautiful they are in the photos, but what you can’t see is how easy they are to live with.

“Skill in landscape design is shown in the ability to ‘follow’ and ‘borrow from: the existing scenery and lie of the land, and artistry is shown in the feeling of suitability created. This is … beyond the powers of mere workmen, as well as beyond the control of the landowner. The Owner must obtain the services of the right person, and not throw his money away.”

Ji Cheng, “The Craft of Gardens” (1631 a.d.)


Landscape Design Fees 2023

Principal: Owen Dell, RLA, ASLA$155 per hour ($130 drafting)
Associate$115 per hour ($80 drafting)
Clerical/Administrative$60 per hour
Outside ServicesCost plus 10%
Reimbursable ExpensesCost plus 10%
Travel Time, localNo charge
Travel Time, out of townBillable past 15 miles from Corvallis
Mileage, localNo charge
Mileage, out of town62.5 cents/mile past 15 miles

NOTE: Rush jobs will be billed at 50%-200% over regular rates.

There is a two-hour minimum for all projects. Ongoing work is billed in 10-minute increments. Payment for initial consultation is due at the time of service; subsequent work will be billed on completion or at the end of each month. Please inquire for our complete terms and conditions.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 541-602-3575 or email us through our contact page.

Thank you for your interest!

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