Lake House Landscape Lighting Design: Modern Farmhouse on the Lake


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What better way to spend these long, leisurely summer nights than at your lake home? From the late nights spent gathering around the fire pit telling stories and roasting s'mores to simply enjoying the peaceful views, it's part of the charm of weekends at the lake.

This gorgeous lakefront property is located in Valley, Nebraska. The 100-year-old lake is a short drive from Omaha and features sandy beaches. Andrew "A.J." Coleman, outdoor lighting designer at McKay Lighting, developed the lighting design with the homeowner and builder and then coordinated installation during construction.

The Landscape Lighting Design: Highlighting Architectural Features and Increasing Overall Security

AJ worked with the homeowners previously on a residential project. They were looking for a simple and functional design that would make them feel safe and secure, yet show off the aesthetics of the home at the same time.

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Architectural Lighting

To complement the architectural features, strategically placed lights accent the peaks of the home at night. Four bollards along the circular driveway provide function, helping increase nighttime visibility. In the yard, we selected to light certain trees as a way to help pull light away from the house and create balance. The well light under the address number makes it more apparent at night.
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Backyard Lighting 

The backyard features many of the design concepts incorporated in the front yard, including accenting the architecture to enhance the aesthetic appeal and landscaping to create balance and uniformity throughout. Path lights mark elevation changes and steps to make it safer to navigate at night.
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Steps leading from the outdoor dining area down toward a fire pit area surrounded by natural stone and two pondless waterfalls, creates a nice environment to relax and enjoy the sunset.
Lake House Outdoor Patio Lighting Design Ideas Bluewater Lake Valley Nebraska McKay Landscape Lighting

The path lights increase nighttime safety, acting as a guide, while the cascade fixtures along the wall provide nice soft light while also creating unique shadowing effects with the natural stone. Light shining on the water features make them glisten beautifully at night.


Then another set of steps lead down to the beach with a lounge area. The cascades provide subtle light when the homeowners sit here in the evenings as the kids fish. Watch the video or go to the gallery to see more photos

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"We really enjoyed working with our clients again. Designing their new lake home allowed us to use our creative freedom to come up with a unique, yet simple and elegant design, giving them everything they were after." - Andrew "A.J." Coleman, outdoor lighting designer at McKay Lighting

Ready to Enhance Your Lake Home Property with Landscape Lighting? 

The dedicated team at McKay Lighting works with you to create a custom landscape lighting design that's unique to your home and property. Once your design is complete, you can count on our team of experts to install it and keep it looking good for years to come with any of our maintenance programs. Schedule your free consultation today or browse our galleries for more ideas. 

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Landscape Lighting is what we do. Every day.

We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated outdoor lighting firm in 1992. Our experienced lighting team provides the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, custom lighting services and products to homes and businesses across the nation.

Located in Omaha, McKay Lighting services Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota areas, including Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines, Kearney, the surrounding areas and beyond.

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