Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2017

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24 LC DBM adding a few fixtures here and there." Having a solid foundation and planning for future additions to the landscape can "simplify the situation tremendously," according to Bogdanovich. "On any project, whatever job you're doing, the landscape is going to change over time," said Bogda - novich. "You have to anticipate what the landscape is going to do because when you come into a new job and it's a brand new landscape and things are small, well, a year from now, the lighting's going to look completely different once those plants are filled in." "You have to plan not just for the now, but for the tomorrow as well," he advised. The Communication Plan The final piece of the puzzle is being in regular communication not just with the homeowner, but also with any other contractors involved. "Changes are going to happen," said Bogdanovich, and when they do, it's important to communicate. "We want to get to know the homeowner and how they use the property," recommended Bogdanovich. "You need to ask a lot of questions to give them the best value for the job." With communication come relationships, again, both with the homeowner and other contractors. "Efrain Garcia Landscape is a local landscaper here in the Palos Verdes area," said Bogdanovich. "He does great work, and a lot of times we get called for projects that may need a little cleanup in the landscape, so we've used him quite often for a lot of our projects." And, because of their good relationship with the homeowner, Imagine Lighting has been given freedom to light the yard and its elements as they see fit. "The homeowner will add something to the landscape and say 'What do you think we need to do?'" said Bogdanovich. "I'll make some suggestions and she'll say do it. When you have some kind of artistic liberty, it makes things go a lot easier for everybody." "The job we're working on right now was a referral that this homeowner gave on NextDoor. We have another ap - pointment for another referral that she gave," he said. "We work on building relationships as much as anything else with our business." LC DBM Left Bogdanovich estimated that there are about 120 MR16 bullet lights used throughout the property, lamped with 4- and 5-watt bulbs from Brilliance LED. There are roughly 200 fixtures installed across the prop- erty. "There's probably six different fixture types on the property, and probably eight or nine different wattages from lamps, so there's a lot going on," he said. Below Approximately 35 tree lights from the same manufacturer provide moon lighting and feature light- ing. Niche downlights were used to highlight some of the smaller water features and art pieces interspersed throughout the property. Bottom, Right The most difficult part of this project was the conversion from the original halogen lights to more efficient LEDs. "We had a lot of fixtures and the watt- age was pretty intense, so planning and coordinating all of that was a challenge," said Bogdanovich. "Now that we've switched to LEDs, it's made things a lot easier in terms of managing, and maintenance as well."

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