First, have you ever thought about what your home looks like at night?
There are several things you can do to boost your home's curb appeal during the day, and all of these efforts are lost as soon as the sun sets. However, with properly planned and installed outdoor landscape lighting you can really enhance the aesthetic features and increase the value of your home.
In fact, in the National Association of Home Builder's annual "What Home Buyers Really Want" survey, outdoor lighting tops the list of most wanted outdoor features, with 41% rating it "essential" and the other 49% say it's "desirable."
Here are some outdoor landscape lighting ideas to increase your home's nighttime curb appeal:
Focus on the Front Entry
The front entrance of your home is the transition space between outside and inside. Create a warm and welcoming entry with proper lighting.
Make Your House Number Visible
Up-lighting your house numbers not only makes locating your home more visible and easier for your guests, but also makes for easier and quicker emergency response times for fire and rescue teams.
Highlight Architectural Features
What gives your home its character? Does it have magnificent architectural details such as a chimney, columns, or peaks. If your home has stone or brick details, some up-lights will create a unique shadowing effect. With some strategically placed lights, the architectural features will look even more magnificent during the evening hours.
Draw Attention to Unique Features
Besides the architectural details, consider other unique features in the front of your home. Lighting a large majestic tree, not only makes them stand out but creates an alluring scene that will be the envy of your neighborhood.
Create Interest by Lighting from the Ground Up
When light travels from the ground up, it is more naturally appealing. Consider up-lighting over using soffit lights to highlight peaks.
A little light can make a big effect outside of the home, when property done. A landscape lighting specialist or designer has years of experience when considering how to light your space for beauty, security, and safety.
If you are currently in the building or renovating process, and know that eventually you'll want outdoor landscaping lighting, it is never too early to start planning. It could save time and money later on. Plus, a landscape lighting designer works to create a comprehensive plan with architects, home builders, and other key professionals when developing a landscape lighting plan.
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Looking to Enhance Your Property?
Our dedicated team at McKay Landscape Lighting works with you to create a custom landscape lighting design that's unique to your property. From design to installation to service, you can count on our team of experts to make sure you are happy with your lighting system for years to come.