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Old 02-26-2014, 11:16 PM
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For your review

Job I did this past year. Open it up to your critiques. Not sure there very good pic's, but comments are welcome.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:02 AM
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I'm reminded of a fish tank. (The gravel)
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:39 PM
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Looks level and tight, never seen caps like that though. Make sure the neighbor has your card when that wood one fails!
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:57 PM
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Did you use grid? The upper wall is quite tall.
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Old 02-28-2014, 07:32 AM
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Why all the post lights on the wall? Looks very busy to me. A good lighting plan could have been implemented once the landscape was in. Why light a bunch of gravel? -Some things are better left under the cloak of darkness.

Wall looks good though- I am just a lighting freak.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:01 AM
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Grid was used throughout, drainage as well.
Lights probably look a little busy from the distance that the picture was taken, it looks better, at least I think it does!, from a distance.
I'm sure they'll put a few plants in there eventually, so it will help as well.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:20 AM
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Hey Dirt Boy looks great
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:21 AM
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I agree about the poor choice of action for lighting.

Effective lighting in the landscape is accomplished through the planting design. Example - you plant specimen trees and up light them.

When people want a full blown plan (design, hardscape, planting, and lighting) from me, I never get into the lighting portion until AFTER WE ARE SQUARED AWAY ON THE HARDSCAPE ABD AFTER WE ARE SQUARED AWAY ON THE PLANTING PORTION. If the client has a bunch of changes to the hardscape design, then that changes the planting design, and if the planting design has changes, then that changes the lighting design.

But that's exactly how a nice lighting job is done - utilizing the landscape

Never, ever use gravel, use perennials. there are exceptions to gravel, such as, under steps, or for dry river beds.
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:23 AM
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The lights aren't terrible, it may go with his area. You can see much based on just a picture of the wall.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:31 PM
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I'll keep these thoughts in mind, didn't really talk about plants, and I guess, thinking about it, it certainly would play into the design, and some different layouts for lighting. They did kinda leave it up to me for lights, gave them a pic, and they were OK with it. It wouldn't be impossible to change, but they were happy, so we'll make better suggestions next time.
Sometimes I get an idea in my head, and get tunnel vision.
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