About a year ago the homeowners of this newly constructed outdoor space started planning the backyard of their dreams. The initial backyard renovations included an in-ground pool the whole family could enjoy and outdoor lighting to extend and enhance their enjoyment into the evening hours. (more…)
Fall is in the air. It’s time to prepare for fall planting or that exterior home renovation project you want to get finished before the cold, winter months hit. Often times we forget how important it is to have landscape lighting wires located before starting some of these projects. In his employee spotlight, our service technician, Lucas briefly discussed its importance. Today we’re going into more detail on the importance of locating your outdoor lighting system’s wires by explaining how this will save you time, money, and headaches, and include projects that require wire locating. (more…)
Meet our Landscape Lighting Service Technician, Luke. As a part of the service department, he knows how to maintenance and repair landscape lighting systems as well as helps out with installations. Luke knows how to juggle, wants to someday road trip to Alaska, and joined the team in 2013. Find out more about Luke and his role at McKay… (more…)
If you live in Omaha, Nebraska or the surrounding area, the Street of Dreams is the place to go for home inspiration and to see the latest and greatest from Omaha’s builders, architects, interior designers, and contractors. Whether you own your home, are in the process of building or renovating, or just browsing ideas for your dream home, this annual event provides the latest trends and ideas you can put to use. (more…)
Refurbishing an older home can sometimes be a daunting task. It took the homeowners about three years to completely restore this historic home in Omaha. Built in the 1920’s, this home has impeccable detail throughout that extends into the home’s exterior and outdoor spaces.
The exterior of the home was rather dark, and the homeowners knew they’d want landscape lighting to increase security, safety, and extend the use of their outdoor space. Familiar with McKay Landscape Lighting‘s work at their previous home, a plan was organized to have the lighting system installed in two phases. The first phase involved the front of the home, lighting to accentuate its magnificent architectural features at night while adding safety and security. The second phase focused on extending the use of their outdoor spaces while adding safety and security as well. (more…)
When starting a landscape lighting project, or any home improvement venture, you have the choice of doing it yourself or hiring a professional to take care of the work for you. HGTV, Pinterest, and other DIY tutorials make doing it yourself seem easy and affordable. However, when it comes to landscape lighting, it takes an experienced eye to understand how to light different elements and what fixtures to use. If you do not have the same expertise and knowledge, then your DIY job could end up costing you more time and money. Consider the following when deciding if you should DIY or hire a professional:
Before hiring an outdoor lighting professional, it’s a good idea to ask questions to make sure the best fit is selected for your home or property. Hiring the right professional for your project can be the difference between an “okay” lighting design and one the delivers the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. When properly done, outdoor lighting adds nighttime beauty and distinction, improves safety and security, and extends entertainment and enjoyment opportunities. The following six questions will help you in finding the best outdoor lighting professional for your project. (more…)
Meet our Outdoor Lighting Crew Leader and Installer, Chris Sholes. He has been part of the McKay team since 2011 and celebrating his fifth year anniversary this week. Find out more about him and his role at McKay… (more…)
Hiring a landscape lighting professional or a company that specializes in outdoor lighting is a smart decision when you’ve invested a good bit of money into your home and want to showcase it to look its best at night and extend nighttime use.
Landscape lighting professionals serve a purpose for outdoor lighting projects big and small. Whether you have no idea where or how to begin lighting your home, you have an idea but need help tying everything together, or you simply haven’t the time or interest, hiring a professional is a wise and sensible choice. (more…)
Memorial Day weekend is almost here. This weekend is an opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family as we remember those who served our country and gave their lives to preserve our freedom. It also marks the start of summer vacations, road trips, and weekend camping trips. (more…)