Design Ideas

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Steve B, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Steve B

    Steve B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Hi Guys,

    I'm preparing for my third landscape lighting job and would like some advice on how to light up this style house. I'm in the process of learning this business so, I'm very open to your input.


    I have lots more photos that I can post if needed. The front of the house is going to be only one zone of three. She has a pool in the back that is surrounded by landscaping and another large landscaping area near her barn with a water feature.
  2. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,646

    I'd do a column focus on each post around the porch with some gutter mounts for the 2nd story on the front face. I probably would not light the huge white expanse on the 2nd story on the right above porch, I would uplight the home and tree near the garage. Maybe a pathlight or two on the walk between driveway and right side porch/home entrance. Bread and butter stuff. I'd get more creative with shadow around the pool if the landscaping allows.
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    I would do an up/down light on the inside of each of the posts on the house deck, a couple of post lights on the main entry steps, a recessed pot light focused on the front door, a downlight positioned on the facia of every gable and dormer, and two gutter mounted soft floods on the front upper story (keep these really soft so as to just fill in the effect and not flood the window with too much light). Pathlighting only where necessary. Remember to retrofit the exisiting 120V coach lights with a 15w lamp or a 35W PAR20 lamp to soften their glare.
  4. Steve B

    Steve B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Thanks for the input. Here are some photos the Pool Zone.

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  5. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    great looking house. be very careful when lighting white surfaces it will be VERY easy to make it too bright. One key element missing is......are there recessed lights under the porch now ? If I were to design this project I would make at LEAST 1 night time visit and perform a small mock up so I can assure the client and I are on the same page. This is a very nice project but most of my suggestions would require fairly extensive wiring in the attics and or exterior of the home.

    I would light that white wall David. Just enough to show its there. Perhaps some white stellars in the gutter running 10w lamps. Otherwise the project might look a bit 2 demensional on the 2nd story. I wouldnt create it as a focal point by anymeans but I would want to make sure it could be seen to add some depth.
  6. Steve B

    Steve B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    "two gutter mounted soft floods"

    What product do you recommend for this? Is there a trick to mounting on the gutter?
  7. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    In your case... Unique stellars mounted to a unibracket would be the way I would go. The unibracket would allow you to mount the fixtures in the gutter. Chase a wire up the downspout and run it in the gutters.
  8. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    Here is the Stellar on the Uni-Bracket Billy described. In some cases a small riser is in order to help lift the light up and above the roof line.

  9. Steve B

    Steve B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Thanks - I've never seen that done before. Did I mention I was fairly new at this?

    Great advice.
  10. Steve B

    Steve B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56


    I'd like to try a couple of them on this installation. How do I purchase them? Do I have to start with the 800# on your website? I'm in Louisville if I need to go through a local distributor.

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