Friday, May 6, 2022

4/2022 Landscape Lighting Roland Park MD

 

Just wrapped up another landscape lighting project for 2022. With a stone customer from 2012 check out their stone wall http://www.rockinwalls.com/2012/08/beechdale-road-roland-park-md-finished.html

I was able to upgrade a great deal (8) of there old lights with new light bulbs saving 200 watts of power. Then added another new batch on the upper side of the home. Helping to give a lot more functional use on there pathway and porch entrance. I also sleeved in PVC /2" pipe a great deal of the new lines to avoid long term cutting from landscape plantings or weed trimmers. Then a few others in 1/2" copper pipe. The copper pipe looks a bit more finished then then no pipe or PVC. 

These little steps are something others don't take the time to do. Why I don't know. The less need for call backs due to property maintenance damage is key! I'd rather save my clients money from trouble shooting damaged wires because shovel damage. PVC pipe is cheap and doesn't take that much longer to drop it into the ground. 

This project includes many up lights, water lights, decorative path lights and 2 towers (1) 42" and the other 26". Which both give off beautiful shadows in the space. All bronze fixtures with a lifetime warranty (labor not included) I buy direct so I can pass on the savings to my customers.

I believe in building all my systems with the ability to be expanded if needed with above ground hubs. This makes expansion easy. While many companies offer landscape lighting not all hold a BFA in Visual Communications in Graphic Design from MICA Maryland Institute College of Art. Lighting may have basic rules that are followed. But lighting is still not a One and Done! A small change in a light bulb watt can change everything. With my training I can see what others might not. 

I also enjoy lighting spaces using a "NATURAL" approach: ~ Asymmetry ~ Few Shadow Effects ~ Softer Light ~ Architecture not emphasized. 

VS "THEATRICAL" ~ Symmetry ~ Shadow Effects ~ Crisp Light ~ Architecture Emphasized. 













Water feature lights installed in ponds



1/2" PVC conduit piping for sleeving 12 gauge wire to minimize long term damage


Old lights got new LED bulbs saving on power. No need to replace the old with new if they work!

This 26" light is designed to be staked into the ground the client wanted to have it placed on a house sill shelf. So I made a platform 4' x 16" with 3/4" PVC board cut down and routed all the corners and even a cord/cable slot out the back. 




I also added a safety wire on the top back of the light to avoid it from falling off incase of high winds. Just and step to avoid damage. 


I sleeved all the wires going up to the light with 1/2" copper pipe. All connectors and pipe not glued so it can easily be taken apart if needed. Then used copper wire to attach it to the hand railing. 

Need to light up your space? Call today to schedule a site visit along with a demo set up $100 fee. (credited to your project if you move forward)

Sunday, January 2, 2022

2022 Spring Workshops Coming

  We've Missed You! 


Spring Workshops Are Back for 2022!

After a short hiatus (due to the pandemic) we would like to announce the return of our affordable workshops for all who are interested in learning the craft of dry laid stone construction. We keep our overhead down so we can help everyone afford our dry stone workshops. These are crazy times we are living in, but we really want to help you learn something new!  

Paypal links and dates coming 1/10/2022


April 2022
Fundamental Skills Workshop
1 Day Workshops $175*

Free Standing Wall Workshop
2 Day Workshop $350*

Flatwork / Patio Workshop (Sponsors: Grabo Suction Tool & Hadler Paver Mallets)
1 Day Workshops $195*


* NOTE these workshop prices are a NON-REFUNDABLE PURCHASE