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Hardscapes, Water Features, Lighting, and Other Landscape Designs to Improve Your Property

designPerhaps the best part about being a property owner is the ability to change the design of the home and landscape. Certain additions can provide exceptional resale value and improve your feelings toward your home. Here are a few landscape design projects that can really take your property to the next level.

Hardscaping Projects

  • Outdoor Kitchens — According to Inman, outdoor kitchens can bring return on investments (ROI) of up to 200%. Although these outdoor kitchens are major hardscaping projects, as long as you plan far enough in advance, budget properly, and consult with quality landscaping companies, you will love your new addition.
  • Patios — Having a nice patio can provide a wonderful spot for relaxation after a hard week or work. Not only will your home be worth more after a patio, you’ll have a great place to sit and relax whenever you want.
  • Stone Walkways — Imagine how much more beautiful your property will be once you have a nice stone walkway on your lawn. Whether it’s from the front yard up to the doorway or the side of the house to your new patio, stone walkways will make you feel like you are living in your dream home.

Water Features

Water additions on your property can bring you a significant value uptick as well as the ability to relax and appreciate your landscape more than you could’ve ever imagined. Whether you want intricate, large water designs or small, simple water-based projects, adding these features to your property can take your home to the next level.

Landscape Lighting

  • Step Lighting — This form of lighting will provide illumination to the steps spread across your living space. Step lighting provides beautiful and well-lit walking paths across your property.
  • Shadowing — This method of landscape lighting uses the shadow of physical structures to enhance the look of your space. The lighting fixture is placed in front of a certain feature and creates a nice looking shadow on the object behind.
  • Moonlighting — This lighting strategy uses a natural effect to emulate real moonlight. Cool blue LED lamps are often used to create the natural moonlight feel.

If you want to learn about these landscaping projects and much more, contact Quinn’s Landscaping and Lawn Service today.

Design A Landscape Lighting Plan That Showcases Your Style

Landscape lighting is functional, but should also be aesthetically pleasing. Consider selecting several varieties of fixtures to add a sense of variety and visual appeal. A thoughtfully designed landscape lighting plan is one that not only ushers your family and guests home safely, but one that attracts interest and attention.

Design a landscape lighting plan that is soft and inviting.

Indirect lighting appears softer and more natural, so if you’re looking for an alternative to traditional path lighting, ask your Manassas VA landscape designer about uplighting, moonlighting, and how outdoor gathering spaces can benefit from indirect lighting of this type. Because no one wants to sit around a fire for warmth and conversation… and bulbs that shine bright in their eyes.

Call attention to your hardscapes.

Draw attention to your fire pit, or add just a little extra light for cooking outdoors by lighting your yard’s architectural elements with outdoor LED tape; these strands of light provide the flexibility to illuminate your favorite hardscape in a subtle and effective manner.

Understand that less is more.

Think of landscape lighting as a subtle method for directing the eye (and your feet) where to go next. Placement is critical: Too many fixtures can flood the field and make your walkway look like a runway strip. Too few, and it’s too dark. In general, fewer lights placed thoughtfully and strategically is the general recommendation; less is more.

Know when to use cool light, and when to use warm.

The distinction is pretty simple and easy to remember: Use warm, yellow and orange lights for manmade objects (e.g., statues, fire pits, outdoor kitchens) and cooler, blue lighting for trees, shrubs, and other greenery. We advise Manassas VA homeowners who call us to plan landscape lighting before planting new trees or enhancing the architecture of your yard whenever possible.

Use landscaping lighting to accentuate your most interesting plants.

Path lights are used to set boundaries and provide visual guidance at night, but can also add color and texture to the overall visual appeal of your spaces. Position path lighting near interesting plans or your favorite gnome, to infuse a little late-night garden charm.

Call Manassas VA’s landscape lighting expert, Quinn’s Landscaping & Lawn Service, to discuss your ideas and how we can turn your backyard into a lovely, lit oasis.

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