North Carolina Design Group Highlights the Transformative Effect Charlotte Outdoor Lighting Exudes

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte had the recent pleasure of teaming up with the Solow Design Group on a terrific landscape project in the Elizabeth Neighborhood of Charlotte, NC, which was recently profiled in North Carolina Design. We love to work with companies like Solow because much like us, they are eager to delight and enthrall their clients by providing top-notch customer service wrapped around expert design and installation. We are simpatico in that we listen very carefully to what the homeowner wants and we execute on their dreams so that all their wants are met and their expectations are exceeded.

After Ric Solow’s team  worked their magic by entirely revamping the landscaping and hardscapes on the property, we moved in to add the final glitter and evening sparkle to their work. We worked hand-in-hand with them from the beginning of the project so we knew ahead of time where wires, fixtures and other facets would be based on their selection of trees, shrubs and other decorative features. If you are planning an update of your landscape on a small or large-scale, make sure to include your lighting architect into the plans early on as it can be a big cost saver and minimize disruption not having to dig up the property after the yard has been completed.

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingWith Solow’s spectacular stonework and fauna in place, we were challenged to bring in fixtures that would wash the property in luxurious lighting that was complimentary to the hardscape. Pathways were beautifully lit with natural appeal that is both sculptural and artistic, but also provides plenty of practical visibility in a very elegant way. The architectural elements pop in a stylish and graceful manner without appearing intentional, but rather seem to be bathed in soft moonlight. Of course, it takes a lot of design skill to use fool-the-eye effects and techniques that create subtleties in illumination. Whether to up light or down light is both an art and a science that our lighting designers have mastered through their education and hands-on expertise at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, and it’s exactly why landscape and home architects call us to partner with them. They know we are going to cast their work in the very best light to wow the customer.

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Ken is passionate about the transformative effect of outdoor lighting. “It’s the difference between a cold, dark building and a warm, inviting respite from the outside world,” he reflects. “Our clients have told us how much they enjoy pulling up in their driveway after a long day and seeing the lights of home. They’ve also said that a lighted landscape is the kind of thing you didn’t think you needed, but once you have it, you wonder how you ever lived without it.”

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingWe look to light up the evening in a very subtle way that beckons the eye to wander around the space. There is nothing harsh or fixtures that are lined up predictable ways as if you are on an airplane runway. We go for the unpredictable and exciting in a warm and inviting way that makes you wonder what is around the corner.  We aim for restrained, ethereal and elegant so that the home and property are washed in a soft glow and to complement the materials and design plan the landscape architects put in place.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte looks forward to working with Solow Design and other landscape designers in the future. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

 

The vintage charm of this Elizabeth area home and its landscaping is preserved and enhanced through the collaborative efforts of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and Solow Design Group

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingOur latest project, located in the Elizabeth area of Charlotte entailed the illumination of the custom landscape design created by Solow Design Group. As always, it is a pleasure to work with a firm with such an incredible reputation in the exterior design industry. To fully complement the renovated landscape of this vintage 1930’s home, we custom designed and installed an outdoor lighting system that transformed the entire perimeter of the property.

In the early 1900s homes typically maintained simple landscape designs consisting of foundation plantings, clipped boxwood and hedge-lined walkways from the street to the front door. It wasn’t until the 1930s that Thomas Church began a movement in residential landscaping that created outdoor spaces as extensions of indoor living spaces, called garden rooms. Following his garden style, hardscapes were brought to the home landscape, with the addition of patios off of back doors and liberal use of plants in natural forms to soften the overall effect.

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingOutdoor rooms extend the home living area. It’s evident in these amazing photos, that Solow Design Group successfully created a garden room complete with sitting areas and walkways that preserve the vintage charm of this property. This in turn provided us with the perfect “canvas” upon which we rendered a complete lighting system to enhance and extend the homeowner’s enjoyment of their newly designed landscape area well into the hours after the sun goes down.

The entire perimeter of this beautiful property has been transformed. Low-growing shrubs and raised beds of perennials around the outside edges of the outdoor patio provide natural beauty and stabilize the patio and walkway flagstones. Notice the curves that were incorporated into the hardscape design which soften the effect and add visual interest throughout the landscape design.

Elizabeth Outdoor Lighting

Amongst the natural areas of foliage and rock created by Solow Design Group, we had a mix of new fixtures and design additions of high quality LED. In addition we converted the homeowner’s existing line voltage to super-efficient LED and converted many of the handmade specialty fixtures the homeowner had picked out for her design, which are quite whimsical and converted those to LED as well for continuity of the lighting design.

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingThe benefits of converting an existing system to LED lighting include:

  • a more clean, natural and beautiful illumination
  • an electric bill which will cost substantially less each month
  • longer bulb life with less frequent replacement
  • less of a carbon footprint on the environment
  • UV free bulbs which are less prone to attracting insects and they are more durable and resilient than ordinary lighting systems

No matter the architectural style of your home or whether you need a single bulb area illuminated or you are looking for a comprehensive lighting system for all of your home and surrounding property, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is your first choice. A custom created outdoor lighting design can be an integral part of your outdoor living space and landscape…adding just the right touch to your property. Extend your outdoor living to the hours after the sun goes down, whether it is for entertaining or just relaxing in the evening with loved ones.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

For over 15 years Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has been the area’s choice for upscale outdoor lighting. As a full-service outdoor lighting company, we do one thing — outdoor lighting — with perfect placement of energy-efficient, handcrafted copper and brass outdoor lighting fixtures and a passion for timeless style. When you see how our professional lighting transforms your home, you’ll agree that our designs do more than illuminate…they captivate. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte creates a custom outdoor lighting design to complement a contemporary landscape design by Solow Design Group

Cotswold outdoor lightingOver the years Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has had the opportunity to work with some of this area’s finest exterior contractors, such as custom outdoor living space design/build firms, pool contractors and landscape designers. Our most recent outdoor lighting design installation was a collaboration with one of Charlotte’s best landscape design professionals, Solow Design Group for a contemporary residence in the Cotswold area.

When these homeowners decided to update their landscaping to make it more complementary to their urban home, they turned to the professionals at Solow Design Group to make it a reality. For more than 30 years Solow Design Group has been designing and building landscape projects ranging from traditional to contemporary which consistently exceed their client’s expectations. As a firm with such an incredible reputation in the exterior design industry, we were thrilled to be invited to work in collaboration with them to custom design and install an outdoor lighting system for this project.

Charlotte outdoor lighting for contemporary upscale homes

Contemporary exterior light fixtures are a great way to focus attention on areas you wish to highlight. Starting with the front façade of the home, we used well lights to highlight the crisp, clean lines of its contemporary architecture, enhancing the urban appeal of this lovely home. The stunning and unique rock wall flanking the front sidewalk is built from colored stones. To bring out the different facets of the stones and to keep the sure-footing of guests after dark, up lighting was installed around the wall. Additionally, to accentuate special plants and trees, compact direct spotlights were used, providing an extra dose of ambient light in the landscape.

Charlotte unique outdoor lighting designs

To bring out the different facets of the stones and to keep the sure-footing of guests after dark, up lighting was installed around the wall.

For the rear portion of the property, amongst the natural areas of foliage and rock created by Solow Design Group, we installed several “Sparklers” (as shown in the pictures below)–light fixtures which are custom-made and created specifically for this project. Note the holes and the unique light pattern they cast across the rocks and against the wall creating variety in the layout. For an additional layer of safety, pathway lighting was installed in several key points throughout the property.

Charlotte unique outdoor lighting designs

Outdoor wall/sconce lights illuminate the exterior of your home and add character to your outdoor living space as they wash the wall’s flat surface in light, providing a nice ambient glow that makes any space feel homey. The upscale sconces used throughout the backyard were purchased by the homeowner and were originally line voltage fixtures, but we converted them to LED for continuity of the lighting design.

Charlotte LED retrofit of outdoor lighting fixtures

Whether you need a single bulb area illuminated or you are looking for a comprehensive lighting system for all of your home and surrounding property, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is your first choice. An outdoor lighting design can be an integral part of your outdoor living space and landscape…adding just the right touch to your property. Extend your outdoor living to the hours after the sun goes down, whether it is for entertaining or just relaxing in the evening with loved ones.

For over 15 years Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has been the area’s choice for upscale outdoor lighting. As a full-service outdoor lighting company, we do one thing — outdoor lighting — with perfect placement of energy-efficient, handcrafted copper and brass outdoor lighting fixtures and a passion for timeless style. When you see how our professional lighting transforms your home, you’ll agree that our designs do more than illuminate…they captivate.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.