June 16, 2008 at 5:52 pm #177479
Does anyone have resources for Quantifying Added Value of Landscape Architecture? I’ve seen real estate journals quantify return on investment in house sales… but are there other references? Look forward to hearing back from you…June 16, 2008 at 6:23 pm #177481
heres some basic info from ASLA
“The general rule of thumb is that you get back 100 percent to 200 percent of what you invest in landscaping when you sell your home.”
“Homes that have been professionally landscaped can fetch 15 percent to 20 percent more at the time of resale than homes that lack landscaping.”June 27, 2008 at 11:27 am #177480
Well, that’s a hard one! I guess we are talking the difference between vets and doctors here and we have to be both. The doctor can ask questions, very often, so the patient says they feel better. But you remove a thorn from a lion’s paw and you have to risk seeing if it gets more friendly!
As with most humanities things, like social work and wildlife preservation, you have to watch for small signs of improvements and conduct continual surveys (personal, not fill in this form variety). In my neck of the woods it may mean that, following a chat to 5 families in houses on chalk cliffs overlooking the sea they will now watch out for our native lizards unique – in our county – to their back gardens and seeing the populations stabilise over a few years. Alternatively, it may mean getting sessile oaks planted in another unique area for them instead of Q. Robur and getting 44 turkey oaks changed to hollyoaks (planners said it was an error but it was one that would have caused widespread negative hybridisation over time). The park is now doing nicely thanks, save for the errors they got fed up fixing like planting feral but supposed native wild privet by the horse path. All that money putting in a horse rider level road crossing control and they are going to poison any horse that grazes a few berries they have planted the producers of just cos they appear in the spring. Would they plant ragwort in a paddock?
For guidance on this kind of self assessment, that you can then report on, see social and youth workers courses but it would be good to hear from a tutor/mentor in lan-arch to see how they assess.
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