Written by Justin Gaynor
South Florida Oasis
Your South Florida oasis starts here! Landscape lighting adds so much to the experience of outdoor living. Winter is coming to an end. It’s time to get started on those home improvement projects. Spring and Summer are times for celebrating with friends. So we want to get started on your South Florida oasis soon. Getting together for pool parties and sophisticated tropical cocktail gatherings is just on the horizon.
This series of articles is aimed at helping you through the development of a true tropical South Florida oasis. This is the setting for a wonderful Florida social experience right in your own back yard! At Illumination FL we specialize in the design, installation and maintenance of landscape lighting systems. However, this series is focused on sharing with you how we work together with all sorts of craftsmen and designers. Together, we deliver a truly enchanting experience for our friends and neighbors.
In this installment, we are going to focus on the process of planning a truly inspiring landscape. Many times, we have some idea of what we want to do with our homes and property. Perhaps we start a scrapbook and pull ideas from various print magazines like Home & Décor Ideas or Florida Design Magazine. Something to help visualize the inspiring landscape you are going for. If you are a little bit more technologically inclined, websites like Pinterest can be a great way to save and reflect on design ideas for your outdoor living space. The idea is to invest some time thinking about what you want your lifestyle to look like. How are you going to invest in your outdoor spaces to manifest that lifestyle? When it’s completed, it will be a truly inspiring landscape for you, along with your friends and family to enjoy.
Now it’s time to consider the design components of your oasis. There are a lot of truly inspiring works to be considered. Bringing in various textures will compliment your home’s architecture. Custom water features will deliver the soothing sound of a mountain stream or tropical waterfall. Design Components like firepits and outdoor kitchens will deliver practical and visual excitement and purpose. Hardscapes like those designed and installed by Hardscape.com of Boca Raton and exotic granite from our friend May-ling Santeliz at PrimeStones in West Palm Beach offer amazing natural beauty.
Of course, the installation and maintenance of a quality pool is a must have in Florida. A skilled landscape architect will bring in layers of tropical foliage and varieties of palms to really drive home the Caribbean feel. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the variety of design components, don’t be. This is going to be fun and exciting and when its complete you are going to enjoy years of Florida outdoor living! Of course, you will want to make sure that the ambiance of the scene is well experienced with great landscape lighting. That is where Illumination FL shines…bringing love, light and life to your evenings
Bringing It Together
It’s time to start bringing it together. So, once you have brainstormed, meditated and reflected you will likely have a scrapbook bulging at the seams. Think through the most important aspects of how you hope to enjoy your outdoor living. From the pool to the garden lighting, it is all going to come together.
Now, is a good time to talk with those who will be involved. A family meeting if you please, and designate an overall budget. Once you have an idea about how much you want to invest in your home improvement you will feel far more comfortable when it comes time to make actual purchase decisions. From your scrapbook, you will want to prioritize the projects and begin meeting with contractors, landscape architects and landscape lighting designers. As you are working on bringing it together, hiring a good team of contractors is important.
Read online reviews from other folks in your area that have worked with the various members of the team you will be putting together. Make sure that the companies you interview are licensed and insured. Do not hesitate to ask the questions that are important to you and if you don’t understand something, simply request clarification.
Now you’re bringing it together! You will have bids on the various projects, but when it comes to home improvement, the lowest price is rarely the alternative that you will want to go with. You need to think in terms of value. Consider the experience of the contractors, the quality and durability of materials and components that they use, the types of warranties that will be in place, the estimated costs of maintenance and then make wise choices regarding your new outdoor oasis.
To be continued…