As we all know, building a home requires many subcontractors and specialists (architects, plumbers, masons, electricians, etc.). The various details, building codes and other requirements command specialized knowledge and it is best to utilize experts in those fields. The stakes are too high to have it done incorrectly or poorly. Sometimes, we forget that the outside needs specialists too. Correctly grading the land and creating proper drainage is very important—for example, if your property drains toward your house, you will end up with lots of problems. Poorly designed and installed lighting looks bad, rarely works well, and often ends up costing far more in the long run.
It is best to consult a landscape architect and an outdoor lighting designer early in the process so they can work together and with the builder. An outdoor lighting specialist can work to retrofit lighting after the other components have been completed, of course. And in fact, often do. But their job would often have been made easier (and less expensive) if the landscape design had planned ahead for lighting.
It is tempting to find a one-stop- shopping approach to landscaping and lighting. And that can work well, as long as you find a certified outdoor lighting technician. Our company provides both services, but our crews are specialized and our lighting designer is trained and certified. Some landscapers just start doing outdoor lighting with the thinking “How hard can it be?” and you pay the price for that—lack of training results in poor design, shoddy installation that doesn’t last, inferior products passed off as “professional” quality. Certified landscape lighting designers like Southern Lights of NC are qualified to provide you with beautiful design, top- notch installation with the right tools and techniques, and quality products. Don’t settle for less; it will cost you more in the end.
Don’t forget to check references and to visit some of the properties that your landscape company and your lighting company have done. You want to see for yourself their design style and implementation. Verify that the installation of lighting will be done by a certified technician, and what the warranties are for lighting and for landscaping. Be sure to get a written copy of everything. These instructions would apply whether your property is new construction or has been here for 100 years!
While landscaping and outdoor lighting can definitely be added at any time, the earlier you can bring your landscape architect and lighting designer to the process, the better. They will work to prevent issues down the road, and also can make their projects easier and less costly by consulting with other subcontractors to make provisions for landscape and lighting, even if those projects are not completed for a while.
Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Exposure Landscape Management specializes in the design, installation, and maintenance of residential and commercial projects throughout the Greensboro Triad Area (High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge, Brown Summit, Summerfield). We are the premier Greensboro mulch installer. With over 20 years in business, Southern Exposure has the experience and knowledge to create beautiful garden features and flower beds in the landscape. Southern Exposure is the leading landscape management firm in Greensboro, NC. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights, (a division of Southern Exposure) has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state in the state of NC and beyond. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone (336.451.4969)