Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

APR 2018

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by Greg Frank, LCDBM Above, Left This project was a lighting system replacement for a beautiful home in Las Vegas on a large lot overlooking a golf course. The homeowners had an existing halogen system that was aged and did not consistently work well, so they wanted to update it. In order to do this, they contacted Wes Maggard, owner of locally based V.I.P. Landscaping, to do the job. Above In the beginning design phase, Maggard asked the homeowners to show him all of the existing lights in the pool and they concluded that the pool was suf- ficiently lit but the rock waterfall and the stream were not. For the waterfall, 3 spot- light fixtures were mounted in surrounding trees, each one aimed at different angles to cover the entirety of the structure. T The owners of a large home in Las Vegas wanted to replace their existing, aged incandescent lighting system with all new LED fixtures. They were expe - riencing some inconsistencies with their halogen system, so they contracted Wes Maggard's company, V.I.P. Landscaping, to do a complete renovation. In the beginning, the clients request - ed that Maggard and his team simply replace each old fixture with new LED fixtures. As the process unfurled, Mag - gard offered to install additional fixtures, while keeping all of the present ones, be - cause he felt that the existing fixtures did not adequately emphasize the beauty of the home. "When we started the process, they (the homeowners) had planned to basi - cally replace their existing system fix- ture for fixture, which was comprised of spot lights & path lights, predominantly accenting only the trees (up-light) and the walkways. As we got into the design process, we recommended that we ac - cent the beauty of the home, outdoor living spaces, stonework throughout the property and the mature landscape by using a larger range of fixtures, and in multiple different lighting application methods," relates Maggard. The entire project took a team of four to five people five weeks to complete. The previous incandescent system had approximately 150 fixtures and con - sumed roughly 5,500 total watts. The new LED system, installed by Maggard and his crew, has about 250 fixtures and only consumes 1,600 total watts. One of the primary problems encoun - tered on the job was the enormous scale of the property, which was jam-packed with dense, mature foliage, shrubbery and grandiose amenities: gazebo, pool, archway, patio and expansive lawn ar - eas. Thorough planning was done to ensure appropriate loads on the wir - ing. During the entire project, the crew 32 LC DBM LAS VEGAS Landscape LIGHT UP

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