Homeowners know that curb appeal is a priority, whether you are selling your house or not. Curb appeal is what makes your property stand out, “pop” and adds to its market value.
There are a number of ways that you can enhance your home’s curb appeal – one of the improvements that can make a significant impact is to install landscape lighting. There are practical and aesthetic reasons for doing it, from increasing the security and safety of your property to beautifying it in all the right places.
Depending on the complexity of the exterior of your home and what you want to accomplish with landscape lighting, installing it may be something that you can handle on your own. You’ll need to map out your plan, select the right lighting fixtures, and deal with the wiring aspect for a functioning landscape lighting design.
If you’re not handy, there are fortunately a number of landscape design firms that specialize in St. Petersburg that can help you accomplish your ideal plan for landscape lighting. Here are some design tips from Today’s Homeowner (https://www.todayshomeowner.com/design-tips-for-landscape-lighting)
- Although you will eventually want to draw a rough plan on paper for a shopping list, the best way to try out different effects is to go out to the yard at night with a good flashlight. You won’t be able to see the total effect, but you will get to try individual situations.
- You don’t want to light everything, so start with safety. Walkways and stairs are critical. There are small fixtures made for each of these situations.
- Move on to accent lighting. Pick out features-a group of trees or a big rock-that would stand out when lit. Remember that low voltage lighting brings out shape and texture; however, resist the temptation to light every tree in your yard.
- It’s common to use too many fixtures. On walkways, just light one side of the path or stagger the fixtures, alternating between sides. On curved paths, just light the inside of the curve.
- Pick fixtures that do the job that particular location calls for. You can purchase well lights that bury in the ground for a nice uplighting effect in bushes and ornamental grasses, spot lights that are used to focus on a particular feature, down lights that put light on the ground around them, tier lights that give more general lighting, and many others.
Landscape lighting effects:
- Up-lighting: often used to accent a tree with the fixture at the base
- Down-lighting: same idea only the fixture is up high and shines down
- Spotlighting: creates a focal point by turning a spot light on it
- Back-lighting: the feature is silhouetted by putting the fixture behind it
- Cross-lighting: using two fixtures from different directions to give even more dimensionality to a feature
If this all sounds a bit complicated, remember that even after you have laid the cable for the fixtures, you can try an effect out in a location and still change your mind since this low-voltage cable is “self-healing.” You can merely disengage the fixture and try it in a new location.
Landscape lighting is just one of the many ways that you can enhance your home’s curb appeal and potentially make a positive impact on your market value. For more improvements that can really make your home stand out, contact Estelia Mesimer at RE/MAX Metro St. Petersburg, FL.
Phil Graham Landscape Architecture St. Petersburg, FL: www.philgrahamla.com
Landscape Architects: https://porch.com/st-petersburg-fl/landscape-architects-and-designers/cp
The Landscape Lighting Book, by Janet Lennox Moyer
The Art of Outdoor Lighting: Landscapes with the Beauty of Lighting, by Randall Whitehead