Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2014

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28 LC DBM In fact, general security around the prop- erty was an important priority. McKay de- veloped a design that brightened dark cor- ners around the home, as well as the gates leading into the backyard. Also, the client wanted the property to have strong curb ap- peal at night. By providing sufficient light in the front of the house, McKay made sure that the house "showed well" to neighbors and passersby. This project provided McKay a number of interesting elements to light. The paver driveway was a perfect opportunity to use bollards. These fixtures look stately and give the correct amount of light for the large driveway. Four stone walls with pillars lent themselves to a remarkable look at night thanks to the shadows around the stones created from the lights below. Two water features on the property also presented an occasion to generate some nocturnal focal interest. The one in the front yard includes a pondless waterfall with three urns in a small pool. In the back yard, three waterfalls feed into another pondless basin. These features were lit with a combination of uplighting and downlighting to adequate- ly illuminate each important aspect. The pool area provided yet another dis- tinctive element for McKay. LEDs were in- stalled around the rim, bringing dazzling color to the pool at night. A number of path lights were added around the edge of the pool to offer greater walking safety at night. Seat wall lights were recessed within the steps in the pool area. Three fire bowls furnish a great deal of light and interest. The Check List The main challenge of this project was coordinating the installations with the other contractors working on the property. Dur- ing the landscape construction, McKay wanted to prewire the property as much as Town & Country Top, Left: Hand-blown lit glass balls (NightOrbs) are McKay's specially designed art glass on natural stone pillars. Each piece was hand- carved in the pillar and is removable for service. The globes are 13-inch (20-watt) and 18inch (35-watt) in diameter. Above, Left: This photo displays the raised eating area covered with a specially designed cedar pergola. Copper seatwall lights (Hadco, 4-watt) were installed under the paver steps. Copper 20-watt 'starliters' hang under the pergola, and copper Aurora spotlights (MR-16 20-watts) aim at the water feature. Also pictured are Nightscaping/ Lumiere 20-watt MR-16 down lights in the locust trees. Vista well lights (20-watt MR-16) in the pavers uplight the brick columns. Above, Right: The bottom of the back yard water feature is pictured. Powder coated aluminum spotlights (MR-16 20-watt halogens) aim at the waterfalls; 20-watt MR-16s downlight the locust trees and the water. 026-029.indd 28 3/27/14 1:09 PM

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