Monthly Archives: July 2010

Cherry Creek Courtyard

In a small Cherry Creek courtyard lies a patio facing south east.  Every morning the intense rays of the Colorado sun blast the homes’ brick exterior and custom mahogany doors.  As Coloradans we love the sun but the sun’s UV Rays can be very damaging.

Therefore, the primary concern on this project was to protect these hand crafted doors from the harmful UV Rays.  To do this, we used a computer model to determine joist spacing and arbor layout to diffuse the majority of the direct rays thereby increasing the doors lifespan.

The gabled design of the roof mimics the peaks of the houses’ roof while the massive rough sawn cedar and arched beams add a touch of Colorado lodge style that the client was looking for.

This new arbor achieves its purpose of diffusing the direct sun on the doors while creating a new ambiance and outdoor room leading up the hand-crafted entryway.  We look forward to finishing this project and creating another fine outdoor room.

The Benefits of LED Lighting

LED Lighting has been around since the 1960’s however, in recent years LED has begun to appear more in the residential market for space lighting. LED stands for light emitting diode which is a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light.

Due to their mode of operation, LED lighting offers the following benefits:

  • Energy Efficient. Using only 2-10 watts of electricity, LED light bulbs save more energy than Incandescent or CFL bulbs that use 3 to 30 times more watts.
  • Durable. There are no filaments in LED lights, so if jarred or bumped they won’t become damaged like delicate Incandescent bulbs.
  • No UV Radiation. LEDs produce little heat and no UV radiation. They are ideal lighting for art galleries with light sensitive works of art.
  • Long Life. LED bulbs can last up to 10 times as long as incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs,
  • Cost Effective. LEDs are a bit more expensive but the cost is recouped over time because of battery savings and bulb life.
Photo: Landscapelighting.com by Kichler

Lighting within the Landscape

Outdoor living spaces are becoming more of an emerging trend in landscape design. These exterior living spaces range from warm and cozy to grand and opulent. But one thing is sure, they all can be enhanced by landscape lighting.

It’s important that your Landscape Architect brings professional interior design principles to your home exterior that blends in well with the style of your home.

Beginning with the front of the home, enhance the beauty of your entrance with path lanterns that light up the walkway.

If you have a courtyard area, adding accent lighting to highlight sculptures, plants or other decorative pieces showcase the focal points of the outdoor room and sets a pleasant ambiance that’s great for relaxing at night or entertaining guests.

Pools are a great place to have outdoor lighting, not only to help keep you safe, but to illuminate the water with a charming soft glow.

Landscape lighting can liven up your home at night and gives you the comfort of knowing that your home is well lit and safe.

Tips on Building Raised Beds

Gardening in raised beds is one of the best ways to grow healthy plants. Raised beds allow for the opportunity to create custom soil, more control of drainage and a set aside planting area. When you are building a raised bed, here are a few things you need to consider:

1. The Materials. Practically anything that can retain soil will work. Some good materials are lumber, recycled plastic, wood fiber and more.

2. The Height. A six inch bed height is good for soil that is well amended, but 12 inch tall beds give the plant roots plenty of room to expand and grow.

3. The Length and Width. The length is optional however the width is the most important. Make sure the bed is wide enough for two rows of plants, three rows are better. But make sure you are still able to reach into the center of the bed.

4. Pre-made kits are great for beginners. If you are just starting to get your green thumb, there are pre-made kits available that make bed setup easy and you won’t have to worry about doing any construction.

Photo: wendyusuallywanders.wordpress.com

Employee Spotlight: Derrick Winckler

Derrick Winckler

For the past 15 years, Derrick has been involved, working nearly every field position in the company. Graduating from UCD with a Bachelors Degree in Science majoring in Biology and obtained his Certified Landscape Technician on the first try (an active member of the CLT committee up until the birth of his 2nd daughter). Now, excited to share his acceptance into PA school, departing is going to be bittersweet. “My fellow employees are what I am going to miss the most, several have been mentors to me, helping to create the person I am today.”