One of our favorite things to hear from a new client is, “I’m in the planning stages of building my property and wanted your opinion.” We love getting invited into the process early, and dreaming with our clients to help them create and achieve their ultimate lighting goals.
A new client the other day asked us how he could be sure he was purchasing quality landscape lighting. We didn’t blame him for asking; a lot of companies out there make big promises but unfortunately don’t deliver. These lighting companies can reflect poorly on our business and industry as a whole.
A recent study of homes in New York claims that the presence of outdoor illumination can decrease your chances of a break-in by almost 40%! Not only does outdoor lighting make your property shine with beauty, but it can also impact your home’s security and your peace of mind.
Deciding to build your own home is quite the undertaking! Once you find your “perfect” property, now you have to decide on the home style, color choices, door knob selections, etc. Usually by the time the home is built the homeowners are tapped out and the bank is beyond broke. This leaves the landscaping much to be desired or even on the back burner for a year or two.
Looks like we’ll need to add more wall space to our office, because we’re the recipients of the “Award of Distinction ” for the THIRD year in a row! Washington Association of Landscape Professionals has been leading the way in honoring the hardworking professionals in the landscape industry, and we’re proud to be recognized alongside our peers.
The Throughstone Group was a collection of collaborators, designers, and thinkers, all working on landscape design together. We worked across disciplines to create an integrated approach to design, working solid metals, water, and fire into all our projects. The highest-profile project we collaborated on together was this project in Durango, CO, where Northwest Outdoor Lighting was able to highlight the hand-crafted stonework and unique design sensibility of the other designers.
At Northwest Outdoor Lighting, we often find that clients take for granted the type of bulbs and wattages they buy at either a local hardware store or their favorite home store. Who can blame them? We’re all busy, and often overwhelmed by the selection or distracted by the rush to get things done, so people often just grab whatever bulbs are there. As a result, we miss out on an important part of the way we experience our homes – especially when it comes to color outdoor lights.