“We hired Bell-la for a project at our home in Bay Harbor Islands. We worked almost exclusively with Deena Bell, and so this review is with respect to Ms. Bell (Bell Landscape Architecture, or “Bell-la”). The scope of the project involved making improvements to an existing residence. Specifically, we were unhappy with the existing driveway pavers and the too-steep-pitch of the driveway; the unfinished paths along the side of the house, and unfinished landscaping in the front and sides of the home. We also wanted to redesign the wall at the front of the house and install driveway gates. Bell-la worked quickly to create a plan for the entire project. Ms. Bell’s experience, good taste, and extensive knowledge of the various elements of landscape architecture made the multitude of decisions easier to make. But what really sets Ms. Bell apart from the other knowledgeable professionals out there is the following:
1) She is responsive. Ms. Bell has stayed in contact with us throughout the entire project. Phone calls and emails are returned the same day, if not within the hour from her BlackBerry. When either of us were out-of-town, she provided us with her cell phone number. She is quick to answer questions and, more importantly, quick to resolve little issues before they become larger problems. Responsiveness is what separates the amateurs from the true professional.
2) She has a great team. Ms. Bell has assembled a terrific team of professionals to who clearly respect her. From the contractor overseeing the project to the hardscape, landscape, electrical, irrigation and structural folks — everyone is on the same page throughout and genuinely interested in the project looking its best.
3) She is sensitive to budgeting. We have a large home and this project easily could have become a $400,000 project. When we expressed concern with the proposed cost of the initial plans, Ms. Bell worked with her team to find alternatives that would allow us to reach our goals while staying within our budget. That we eventually exceeded this budget was a result of our own enthusiasm as the project progressed. (Our project will be +/- $200,000).”
“Bell Landscape Architecture, LLC was an integral part of the team of consultants in the design and construction of our LEED certified home. Their comprehension of the LEED certification process proved to be an asset in expediting all the requirements in a timely and professional manner. We commend them for their work ethic, design capabilities and attention to details throughout the life of project. We have been highly recommending them since.”
“Canterbury Homes has been working with Bell-la. for over 12 years and have found them to be professional and a pleasure to do business with. Their creativity and vision are exceptional and their finished product is never short of beautiful!”
“It has always been a delight to work with Bell-la. In this competitive field it is always a great pleasure to work with a company that strives for excellence.”
“Dear Bell-la, I wanted to thank you for the recent submission of the Gomberg house for our 69th edition. While the architecture and interior design of that house are both superb, the siting and landscape architecture your firm designed for that installation was one of the best I have seen to date. The landscape design took the Gomberg house to another level. Bell-la continues to set the standard for thoughtful, beautiful and ultimately award winning landscape design. I look forward to publishing your work in the near future.”
“KZ architecture has been collaborating with Bell-la for many years. Bell-la’s landscape creations are not only a compliment to the architectural aesthetic of our projects, but they also facilitate and enhance the fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces that our designs strive for. Bell-la’s designers are talented and knowledgeable. In addition they are reliable and proficient professionals as well as great team players.”
“Bell-la is one of the most distinguished.. reputable.. and talented landscape architectural firms that I have had the opportunity to work in my recent years.. They are incredibly professional and serious.. They get the work done.. and understand the technicalities and difficulties that are so innate in their profession.. They are a treasure of mine.”
“Bell-la has been involved with our resort’s landscaping from the inception of the resort, working with the developer and ownership group on all of the exterior site planning and designs. After the hurricanes we needed extensive renovation of all our landscape and called them back to work on the project. We have since seen dramatic improvements, our grounds look great. We are very pleased with the results and will continue to utilize them for future projects.”
“It’s always a pleasure to work with a company that aims to please and feels as passionate about your work as you do.”
“Our project has been greatly enhanced with Bell-la on our design team. We have benefited from their responsive and creative work. We have been very pleased with the work performed by Bell-la.”
“We would like to congratulate your company for the absolutely stunning design work you have been creating throughout the years. It is wonderful working with such innovative minds as yours. It is rare to find landscape architects who take such care with both your customer’s needs and the logistical realities encountered by the contractor.”