Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2017

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April 2017 39 Making It Their Own Right These whimsical characters reside at what Nature's Expressions of Nicholasville, Kentucky calls their "feature home of the year." The residents had purchased this house in Lexington and wanted to custom- ize it to their liking. Charming in the daytime, the lighting crew had to take care not to make the statues look ominous at night. Six model 15711ss 3.5-watt pond lights in the trough of the water feature illuminates the back frog. One 16005 AZT 4-watt spot at a 60-degree angle and 2700 degree Kelvin lights the front frog. For the entire project Nature's Expressions installed over 50 lights around the property using a mix of path lights, accent lights, hardscape lights and pond lights. Welcome to a Historic Boutique Hotel Above Mark and Ridgely Hutchin bought the 1905 Bunn Home in Asheville, North Carolina in 2013. Over the next several years they renovated the residence and gardens into a hotel, retaining as much of the original material and charm as they could. As a good example of how one job can lead to another, K2 Services, Inc. was called in by the general contractor to discuss installing an irrigation system. From that initial meeting, the landscape team's connection with the owners became not just a strong working relationship, but a friendship as well. "When you work with a client of this caliber, the project is enjoyable and problems become fun challenges," says company owner Kevin McRae. "We had to address typical lighting concerns such as providing safe and effective lighting for guests travelling to and from the hotel while maintaining a beautiful and subtle lighting effect that fit with the elegance of the property." For the hotel's front gate, K2 used FB accent lights with a 3-LED lamp (4.5 watts) with a 35-degree beam width on the columns and sign. They were mounted with ground stakes and have a flat black finish so they can disappear into the landscape. LC DBM

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