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I just found out that a project I designed while working at Greenscape, Inc, won an award. The project was submitted in the design-build division of NCNLA‘s Excellence in the Landscape program and won its Merit Award.
Greenscape and several contractors did a fantastic job on this complex project.
When I was called in to design this project the house, detached garage and the dragonfly shaped pool were already nearly complete. I designed the deck, many stone walls, a motor court and driveway, several walks and paved areas, the fence and lots of planting areas. The homeowners were wonderful to work with. I posted the Oxford Project in early 2009.
Head below the fold to see some photos of this property from earlier this summer: Continue reading – An Award Winning Project
I’m referring to just what happens when you see a wonderful example of landscape lighting for the first time. It usually does make you say “Wow”.
I’ve been lucky enough to have designed quite a few lighting projects that have made my clients very happy. Now, let me explain something about lighting design. There are are a couple of main aspect in the design. First is the actual layout of the light fixtures and determining the type of fixture/lamp, wattage of the lamp (bulb) and the spread of the light. Next, the information above plus the power source, site conditions and transformer type all determine the wiring needed to make the system work. Both aspects are extremely important for the design–one is just prettier than the other. I generally do just the first part of design, leaving the wiring configurations to those more adept at the math needed. Actually, I should mention one more aspect, a night adjustment after installation. Proper aiming and exact locations of moveable lights can only be determined in the dark. I do like to be involved in this as well.
Some of my views on lighting design are featured in Irrigation and Green Industry magazine. A couple of installers and manufacturers are also included in the article by Robin Westmiller. Even though the magazine is targeted at the landscape trade, it’s a great primer for anyone interested in a lighting system.
So, check out the article and see if you are ready for a little “Wow”.