People never forget to consider their home’s interior lighting options for style and practical needs, but when it comes to a home’s outdoor space, the details of landscape lighting often go overlooked.
Cost-effective landscape effects with maximum impact
Low voltage landscape lighting is a highly cost effective way to put the finishing touches on a home for added elegance and safety. As you’ve likely seen from some of Denver’s striking neighborhoods, adding a number of well placed spot lights effectively highlights the key features of a well-designed space while also adding a warmer welcome when coming home after dusk and during the shorter days of winter months. Step lights can prevent trips and slips in the dark, and spot lights can also deter would-be prowlers from nearing your home in the wee hours.
The results of landscape lights are dramatic, offering maximum impact from whatever budget you have. From LED spot lights to deck lights, flood lights, path lights, and submersible pool lights, we consult on how to elevate your space to the next level.
How outside lighting works:
Arterra and most professional landscape companies now primarily recommend installing all LED lights over the halogen bulbs previously used. Landscape lights run on a low voltage system in the same way that conventional car batteries do. A small transformer plugs into an outdoor wall socket and converts your home’s 110 volt electric current into the needed 12 voltage rating necessary to safely keep your home lit through, clouds, clear skies, rain, snow or hail (hooded or capped light fixtures are a great option in hail prone regions like the Front Range).
More efficient lighting
While typically more expensive to purchase upfront, LED bulbs utilize less energy (just around 3 watts) and offer much greater system efficiency with brighter, more effective lumens, and a longer lifespan. You can operate more fixtures on a lower wattage transformer.
Unique and custom offerings
While outdoor lighting may not provide quite the same myriad of options as indoor lighting fixtures, homeowners can still easily customize their outdoor living space with unique lights. (See what we did to highlight elements of a Tudor-style Denver home recently in this photo album and explore Pinterest for more ideas).
Save on landscape lighting today
Arterra offers consultation in outdoor lighting design and also offers installation services. For those interested in a full landscape renovation project of a space, Arterra is extending a limited time discount of $500 off a landscaping project that includes low voltage lighting. Click here to learn more.
Get help with your holiday lights
Are you thinking about the holidays? Arterra is also offering special packages for holiday lights. If you want to install decorative outdoor lights in October, November or December but don’t have the time or willingness to risk working on ladders to create the perfect twinkling adornment, we can help.
From simple plans to grand treatments, we consult with you on what you want and we’ll take care of the rest, from design inception, to supply shopping, to installation.
Contact us today to schedule an estimate for your project.
Well constructed gates and fences are an integral part of an overall landscaping plan, adding style and utility (keeping dogs in and intruders wildlife out). But gates and fences can add so much more than function and safety to a home when they are custom designed and built to last.
Symbolic entry ways
These symbolic entry points and property boundaries set the tone for the experience of coming home and transitioning from wherever the day has taken us to the relaxation and restoration of being home. What do your home's entry points symbolize for you, and do you feel soothed by beauty when you approach your home?
Arterra’s Principal, John Majeski designed the above custom privacy gate for a family near Denver’s botanical gardens.
The difference is in the details
The sealed natural pine wood with touches of western red cedar accent and classic metal handle add style and contrast for visual appeal against a plain stucco fence.
Materials we prefer
Some of our favorite materials for creating fence gates are ornamental iron and wood. Western red cedar has a beautiful tenor and ages well with our treatment of a high quality oil based sealer to prevent splitting and shrinkage in Colorado’s dry climate. Composite fences may also be a durable option for those who want a maintenance free fencing solution.
Check out some beautiful gate ideas on Pinterest and share any of your favorites with us on Facebook.