At McKay Landscape Lighting, we've noticed more of our clients are creating outdoor living areas for entertaining and spending more time enjoying the outdoors after the sun goes down. Whether you're using your outdoor living space for entertaining, relaxation or both, landscape lighting is a key element to making the most of it after dark.
According to Houzz, the world's leading platform for home remodeling and design, Spring Landscaping Survey, more than 4,500 Houzz users are in the process of, or are already planning, a landscape update. Fifty-six percent of homeowners are making updates to improve their yards for entertaining and seven in ten are installing lights to illuminate their hardscapes.
Here are some of our favorite outdoor entertaining spaces to inspire your next outdoor living project...
You can vacation in your own backyard with this complete outdoor living oasis. There is everything you need for hours of outdoor activity - a pool, hot tub, fireplace, outdoor kitchen, pergola and much more - making it ideal for entertaining with friends or just enjoying an evening on a leisurely summer day. There were a variety of different lights installed for hours of fun after the sun goes down. View more photos from this project.
Lake House Retreat:
The photo above is from a house on Beaver Lake in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. McKay installed the pathlights around the firepit and walkways, allowing for just the right amount of soft light, to still enjoy the fires glow while roasting s'mores. View more photos from this project.
To add ambiance to this pergola, down lights were installed at the top of each corner - they are barely visible, camouflaged into the corners. We hide fixtures as much as possible, so that the light seems to “appear” from nowhere. This design helps make this pergola a perfect space for dining outdoors or a cozy evening for two. View more photos from this project.
There are many different ways to light your deck or patio. The patio, shown here, has an outdoor fireplace on the lower level and a deck on the upper level. Creating a cozy quiet sitting area to peacefully unwind in the fresh air after a long day cooped up in the busy office. View more photos of this project.
Knowing how and what to light outdoors, which fixtures and techniques to use, and how to light for both beauty and security, takes education, expertise, experience and acumen. With more than 20 years experience, McKay Lighting understands the elements of professional design, installation and servicing of outdoor lighting systems. The right outdoor lighting ideas and options will help beautify your space and create the perfect outdoor sanctuary for entertaining, relaxation, or both.
McKay Lighting is committed to helping you enhance your home and property with outdoor lighting. If you have questions regarding outdoor lighting, please feel free to contact us or schedule a free consultation to meet with a designer.
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