Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

NOV 2016

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The owners of a historic property in Omaha, Ne- braska sought to recapture the charm of its mansion, and enlisted McKay Landscape Lighting to help with that. The area-based company has made a name for itself in the industry serving thousands of customers all over the country. Since 1987 they have transformed the exterior of homes and businesses to provide safe, attractive and inviting landscapes. McKay's endeavors have earned the company the opportunity to work on some unique and impressive projects and this one really fit that billing. A Comfortable Challenge Outdoor lighting designer, A.J. Coleman is one of those responsible for delivering to the customer quality designs and installations regardless of the age of the building or building materials. This 1920s brick-and-mortar masterpiece called for the com- pany to rise to the occasion. "With all the hard surface, it wasn't an easy in- stall but those kinds of jobs are right up our alley. Our guys are really good about coming together as a team and figuring out how to handle the challeng- es", says Coleman who served as project manager. The inherent risk of working with building ma- terials that have been in place for decades without causing permanent damage is a constant worry. Some building materials are irreplaceable: one mis- take could ruin weeks of time and effort. Coleman goes on to explain, "Probably the big- gest challenge was drilling through the old stone wall. Some of the blocks broke on us and we were luckily able to glue them back together and make it look pretty seamless – put it back exactly how it looked." Decreasing the Voltage This install required that the wiring from an exist- ing 120-volt system be removed and replaced with Above: At this 1920s mansion in Omaha, Neb., a restoration project encompassed a new, low voltage LED outdoor lighting design by McKay Landscape Lighting. Highlighting architectural elements on the front of the home was a key element of the installation, as was brightening darker areas for security reasons. To that end, Cambria 203 down lights were mounted, with the help of a ladder, in the large trees to the left and right of the house. The wires are attached to the trunks with zip ties and stainless steel screws that get checked periodically and adjusted as needed as the trees grow around them. Bygone Beauty By Andrew Soto, LC/DBM 24 LC DBM Bringing Back

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