Landscape Lighting – the CREATIVE benefits and value!

The CREATIVE Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

CREATIVE landscape lighting and consultation with industry leading products!
CREATIVE landscape lighting and consultation with industry leading products!

There are many reasons and to consider outdoor lighting as a way to accent your landscape.  From years of experience servicing the outdoor lighting needs within the landscape sector, we have helped many clients experience the benefits of residential and commercial lighting systems.  Whether you want to increase the security of your property or spend more time enjoying the warm weather during the spring and summer months when the weather is nice, there are many year round benefits provided by outdoor lighting after the sun goes down.

Appearance

The obvious advantage to landscape lighting is the enhancement to your home’s appearance. The lights make your home and landscaping visible even after dark. When positioned properly, landscape lights make architectural features of the home pop out. Lights pointed at your favourite plants make the most of your landscaping at all times of night and day. Outdoor lights add a sense of drama to your landscaping. The illumination makes your house stand out by boosting the curb appeal at night.

Functionality

Landscape lighting increases the functionality of your outdoor spaces. With proper lighting, you can use your front and backyard long after the sun goes down. Flood lights attached to the house provide a large amount of general light to brighten a patio area or a portion of the yard. Lights attached to deck posts illuminate the area for late-night dining or conversations. For additional lighting around a patio tables, under railings, stone copings, steps, and any other area please contact us or visit our CREATIVE showroom.

Enhance Security and Safety

Illuminating your property after dark can also be an effective way of dissuading unwanted guests from poking around on your property. Lighting systems can help to keep your invited guests safe after dark. Illuminating entrance points, like doors and windows, with lights makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break in unnoticed. When choosing where to place landscape lighting for security, consider the darkest areas of the yard and the places near the home where a burglar could enter. If you have a security camera system be sure to consider the placement of lighting for best visual results of each camera location.

Place lights around the swimming pool, along walkways and near the terrace or patio areas that get frequent traffic so as to reduce the risk of falls or other injuries.

Accentuate Landscaping and Improve Property Value

CREATIVE outdoor lighting highlights the beauty of your building as well as increases the value of your property.   Lighting your exterior is considered an added amenity by prospective buyers and appraisers, as it represents a lifetime investment back into the properties.  Commercial applications, with well-done landscape lighting design are often considered to be more appealing to customers, and attract more business than unlit dark business.

Installing exterior light systems is an excellent way to accentuate your commercial or residential property’s landscaping, improving both aesthetics and visibility.  Our light design experts will provide you with options to customize your installation, whether you wish to accent a fountain or simply light up the walkways or your company logo.  CREATIVE has the product knowledge to help you highlight the best aspects of a property and its surroundings, or our installation network can help!

Hire a Pro or Just ask CREATIVE!

If you are looking to start a new landscaping project on your home or business, consider the value of adding outdoor lighting. A well-lit yard increases curb appeal by offering a warm and inviting place for your family and friends. Not only does outdoor lighting extend your living space, it can offer huge safety and security benefits. Highlight your home’s beautiful lawn, garden, and other landscaping features with outdoor lighting!

For more information on residential or commercial landscaping, or tips on how to place outdoor lights in your yard, contact us today! We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on our industry leading lighting products and offer an on-site consultation to share ideas for your yard!

We have an extensive network of landscape lighting professionals who we can recommend to you based on the scale of your design. If your thinking landscaping – you should be considering the element of landscape lighting at the same time!

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The Cost of Landscaping – “Good design can offset the shortfalls from the inside of the home with outdoor elements that meet the same need”

The cost of landscaping always seems to shock homeowners. Somehow people relate the cost of landscaping to the cost of gardening and are surprised to find out that decks and wood cost more than plants … not to mention the labour involved to install them. In speaking to several industry professionals, the average backyard renovation starts at about $20,000, with some projects crossing the million-dollar mark. With such a huge range, how do you know how much your outdoor renovations should cost and how much should you really be investing your home?
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WHAT DO YOU ENVISION?
One of the biggest mistakes a client makes is to envision what they want in the yard before they really set the budget. When I meet with a client, I start by asking what the approximate value of the home is. If you set your budgets based on percentages of your total home’s worth, than you know that you plans will stay in line with property values in your neighbourhood.
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CURB APPEAL
Front yards have been getting more attention by Realtors and housing experts because of first-impression numbers. Several online sources place the value of curb appeal and a home’s first impression between five and eight per cent of the home’s worth. Items like shade trees and front walkways contribute to higher returns, as do front porches and sitting areas. While plants and gardens are important to the overall appeal, too many flowers in the front yard intimidate buyers looking for low-maintenance homes. As my general rule, I try to keep the front yard landscaping at seven per cent of a homeowners renovation budget. That number does not include the driveway, even though it may be at the front of your home.

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FUNCTIONAL BACKYARD
Backyards tend to be more about function than a front-yard renovation. Good design can offset the shortfalls from the inside of the home with outdoor elements that meet the same need. For example, if a home has a small kitchen, adding an outdoor version with a barbecue or a smoker is a smart investment because it partially addresses buyers concern when they see the inside space. Having a good deck or patio in your backyard that provides lots of living space can increase your home’s value by up to 12 percent.
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RETURN ON INVESTMENT
You also need to consider the return-on investment for your outdoor renovation. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2016 Cost-vs-Value Report a kitchen renovation has an expected return of 79 per cent if you sell the home within five years of the completion of the work. After five years, that number steadily drops as styles change. A simple wood deck has an expected return of 81 per cent for the life of the deck, which averages eight to 10 years in Canada.

As you plan your spring projects this year, budget your dollars accordingly. I always tell homeowners to set aside about 20 per cent of their renovation budget for the outdoors. This may seem like a lot, but with all of the housing market numbers showing big returns in landscaping, you can renovate knowing your money is being spent wisely.

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The Landscaping Art of Incorporating all Important Elements & Materials

Although we sell natural stone, and hardscaping elements, you will note that our staff is passionate enough about our industry and value oriented outcomes that are best suited for your overall enjoyment and return on your investment. Therefore we are always going to include into our consultations with you, products well outside of what we inventory or sell, and at least flirt with other materials that will make even our products shine!

While your preparing your designs this season, be sure to give some considering to all materials and elements, which are complimentary by nature!

WOOD – incorporating wood into a landscape project can alter the mood and feel of any project. Build a rustic country style structure or a modern contemporary design made of wood! You just need to get creative and make that the structure is complimentary to the existing environment and sums up your personal design style and lifestyle in general!

STONE – introduce some of the world’s most sought after sandstones, granite, limestone and basalt from our yard to naturalize and highlight your interior and/or exterior projects! Stone adds weight, can add texture, and has so many practical uses that can be very aesthetically pleasing.

GREENERY – be sure to add plants to your landscape and spice up your seasonal interest! Watch your property value grow, improve your ecological footprint and maximize the use of your property through green space! Planting is very strategic so be sure to understand your space, have a long term vision for the growth of the plants, and ask enough questions to guide you to making the right decision. Plants add dimension and soften all other elements, offering the coziness and warmth of any outdoor living space. Master this portion of your project and enjoy your room for years to come!

METAL – integrating metal within a project can add so much personal character and uniqueness to your living space. Metal finishes and fabrication flexibilities allow you to meet any character or design style. Don’t go overboard, but consider this element in some part of your landscape. Again, you just need to get Creative!

LIGHTING – Paint your property with landscape lighting! There is no easier or cost effective way to transform a landscape with such an impact as landscape lighting! We all see those few homes that are actually well lit at night, and those homes offer a very warm and elegant setting in the evenings and at night. Don’t forget to plan for the wiring and locations of all lighting during the excavation and dirty stages of your entire landscape!

ACCENTS – we have so many options available in this market. Leave space in your design for urns, garden ornaments, benches, vases, outdoor firebowls, and stone lighting. These accents make a landscape complete! Visit us to start your hunt, and have fun in this portion of the project!

WATER – water features don’t have to be large, expensive, and landed with maintenance. Todays trends are smaller gurgling stones that offer the sound and touch of water within any landscape design and space. Considering the element of water when designing!

We love sharing ideas, and thats what its all about when designing a valuable space like your landscape. Visit us or even call to discuss your project, and be sure your in love with your landscape design before wasting time and money on something sub-par or which may not meet your highest standards! 🙂

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Want to Improve your Landscaping? Here are Some Tips! and Consider a Staged Design!

A lot of people have been living in their homes for many years and feel like they need a change or just want to change the vibe of their home. The way your home looks on the exterior says a lot about who you are. If you want to offer a more welcoming image for your home, then look through this article and see how you can change the landscape of your home.

Before you begin your landscaping project, be sure to make a complete listing of materials required. This can help you to avoid the dreaded problem of starting your project, only to find that you have forgotten to purchase something and need to stop and wait until you can obtain the necessary supplies.Visit us at Creative Landscape Depot for a full product tour of hardscape and home accent items, so you know what materials should be included within your landscape design!

If an outdoor kitchen is in your design plans, make sure you research all granite, imported stone, or domestic stone options for the countertop, and be sure it compliments your home and other surrounding environments.

Before you begin your landscaping work, be sure to plan your goals and assess your budget. This will ensure that you have a solid plan in place so that you do not run out of materials before the job is completed. It will also give you a better idea of your design needs.

Landscaping isn’t just putting grass into your yard and planting a few trees here and there. Look around your home and see where you can add things, such as iron structures, wood, and cement. Use decks, archways and pergolas to create attractive looks that are complex, beautiful and visually interesting. You can find many of these items are priced to fit any budget. Make sure you plan for some decorative boulders within your gardens, and a stone patio and / or walkways made of natural stone to create a warm and timeless environment.

A great way to determine which plants you want to include in your landscaping is to visit a gardening center. This will allow you to view a variety of plant life so that you can determine which plants best fit your style. The best way to decide on which stone products to use would be to visit us, and be sure to bring along some photos of your property to help us understand the area and ambience, so that we can make some educated recomendations!

Add an element of movement to your landscape design to prevent it from feeling too stiff and boring. From tall, swaying ornamental grasses to bright flowers that invite flitting hummingbirds. You have lots of options for making your yard feel alive. Movement adds visual interest, enticing you to spend time in the area that you’ve worked so hard to create.

Always consider the climate in your area when determining what sort of plant life you are going to use. Your landscape will not look good if you choose plants, that are not suited for the climate of your home. Make sure that any plants you choose will be able to thrive in your climate.

Before embarking on a DIY landscape project, it may be wise to consult with a professional to get their thoughts on your plans. They will give you tips and tricks that are invaluable to help you save money and shorten the duration of the project. With the average cost of an hour long consultation at about $75, it can be an investment that pays for itself handsomely in the long run. Give us a call or stop in to chat with us about our extensive home consultant and design and build network, and find a trade that may be best fit for your request.

As part of your design, use water. It is easy to install a small pool, a pump or a fountain. If you could afford it, there’s a lot of professionals who could install these things for a cheap cost. You can make a focus point by adding water in to your design. At Creative Landscape Depot, we have a large selection of unique and imported basalt columns that are pre-drilled, and help set your landscape aside from the rest! We also sell all appropriate accessories to complete a water feature installation – ask our water specialist for assistance!

Think about how big your plants will eventually get, before deciding where to place them, or whether you should use them at all. This is vital, so that you do not use plants that end up outgrowing their planting space, and overshadowing their neighbor plants. Plan now so you do not have to move plants around later.

Utilize different forms and textures in your landscaping plan. This is a great way to diversify your landscaping by using distinctive branching patterns and foliage. From trees to bushes, or perennials to annuals, using a variety of different forms and textures in the plants you choose will add interest and uniqueness to your landscaping design.

When buying home landscaping materials, simply buying whatever is cheapest can be a big mistake. By paying a little extra, you may end up receiving better customer service, or an easier return policy. Check out all possibilities before actually making any purchases. Sometimes, spending a few extra bucks can actually save you money over time.

When planning a landscaping project for your house, try to encapsulate ideas that will bring a pleasant look to your yard no matter what time of the year it is. This is important because you do not want to spend all of your money on a yard that only looks good for a few months out of the year. With that being said, don’t forget about the corners! Its great to invest in hidden or areas with low traffic, so you can turn them into a valuable part of your homes real estate. Make use of your space, and enjoy all areas of your property! It also makes your home feel bigger!

Do not try to tackle landscaping your whole property all at once. It is fine to have an overall dream plan of what you eventually want your yard to look like. However, it can be overwhelming financially and psychologically to try to take it on all at once. Instead, break the job up into stages, and work on one piece at a time.

Keep in mind that there is so much to know about landscaping, so do as much research about the subject as possible, and let your creativity flourish before you embark on any excavation! When you think you’re ready get to landscaping and improve the look of your home, we will be here to help and assist you through the process!

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Designing your Space & Why Choosing a Landscape Architect, Designer, or Contractor is so Critical to a Good Design and Functional Space!

Goals for your Landscape Design:

•compliment the design and style of your home by examining your lifestyle and preferences

•choosing the right product, borders, accents, and accessories that work well with your home and existing landscape or grading of property (mosaics)

•scale and proportion of all elements within the design, such as retaining walls, pergolas, patios, driveways, and fireplace areas

•add value through incorporating the correct elements & products that exist in our industry

•adding curb appeal that suits the neighbourhood and surroundings

•make the design safe and practical

Anyone can dream about the space they have in their yard but planning the space takes experience and a lot of thought. Plans do not necessarily need to be a formal drawing, but they do need to be well planned out, and to scale in order understand how to best to use the space. This little bit of homework goes a long way and ensures your investment will be enjoyed for many years to come.

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Think about what you want – do you need a place for kids to play? A place for the dog? For barbecue? For storage? Do you want a shady corner? Seating for a dozen? A work-shop? Make a list of your ‘have-to-have items.

Now think about function – you’ll want a soft surface under a swing set, but might want solid pathways for well-traveled areas. Wooden deck or stone patio? Cost may help you decide which materials to use. Play around with a plan on paper, but use a garden hose or can of pray paint to experiment with shapes on the ground. Paths should be wide enough to accommodate your lawn mower and wheelbarrow. Include the placement of doors, windows, access points, and views.

Think about privacy – hedges are great living screens, but take years to grow big enough to be effective and trimming can be a hassle. Vines can be effective screens. There are a variety of fence styles availablee as well.

Dont create a drainage problem – water must drain away from your house or it will drain into it and cause long term issues with your home. keep it in mind when installing paths, patios, or ponds.

Plant the biggest items first – trees take several to many years to mature, shrubs take a few years, and flowers only a season or two. Think about the shade you create with a tree, and make sure it falls where you want it. Obviously its easier to move a flower than a tree, so make your mistakes on paper.

Dont be overwhelmed – you dont have to do it all at one time, or even all by yourself. A well though out plan can be phased in as your time and budget allow. A landscape designer or architect can draw up a plan for you, and proceed at your own pace. Remember that your relationship with your landscape architect should be a two way street. It is your space but as a professional they can and should help you through any potential concerns and prevent wasting time and money.

Have fun with it – gardening is supposed to be a stress-buster, not a stress-maker.

Choosing a Professional Contractor / Installer

We recommend the use of professional landscape contractors for your project. When considering & designing your homes landscape, you are making an important investment in your home. Don’t let poor workmanship turn your ideal plan into a disappointment. Propert site preparation with the correct grading, base materials and compaction is key to ensuring that your hardscape or landscape looks great and offers longevity in your investment!

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Value to your Home through the Art of Creative Landscaping

Below are a few interesting, yet valuable stats related to our landscape industry and the overall value of your home when considering a landscape design or project! Our staff is focused on supporting independent advise that caters to your lifestyle and reasons for every landscape idea. By tailoring our services to industry oriented facts, we help you make the right decisions on what can be a small or large investment. Read below to see how working with us may improve your portfolio!

Well done landscaping provides the highest return on investment over any other home improvement. Visit us to view the many options and share ideas as to how we can help maximize your landscape investment.

Landscaping recovery value on investment is between 100-200%!
Kitchen recovery value – 75-125%
Bathroom recovery value – 20-120%
Swimming pool recovery value – 0-50%

•’Excellent’ landscaping can expect 6-7% higher sale price over ‘good’ landscaping.

Below are a few interesting, yet valuable statistics related to our landscape industry and the overall value of your home. Consider these statistics when planning your next landscape design or project!

At Creative Landscape Depot, our expert staff is focused on providing independent advice that caters to your lifestyle your unique landscape ideas. We can help you make the right decisions on an investment of any size to help you get the most value out of your landscape. Read below to see how working with us may improve your portfolio!

Well done landscaping provides the highest return on investment over any other home improvement. 

Landscaping recovery value on investment is between 100-200%!
Kitchen recovery value – 75-125%
Bathroom recovery value – 20-120%
Swimming pool recovery value – 0-50%

‘Excellent’ landscaping can earn a 6-7% higher sale price over ‘good’ landscaping. 

At Creative Landscape Depot, we focus on sourcing and selling the highest quality landscape products and home accent items that cater to excellent landscape outcomes! The landscape contractors that we are associated with are considered leaders in our industry, and provide unique, creative, and personal landscape designs to compliment your home and add value!

Well done landscaping enhances sales appeal of a home, and the speed of sale by up to 6 weeks faster! 

With a high rate of return on landscape investments, it is a wise decision to enhance the curb appeal of your home before listing it on the market!

Well done and thought out landscaping can also:

– Buffer and lower noise levels around your home

– Lower heating/cooling bills up to 20% (with trees and shrubs planted appropriately by house)

– Blocks/minimizes and/or enhances views

– Shading an A/C unit with a tree can reduce costs up to 10%

Other important statistics to consider while designing your landscape project include:

– Trees can boost property value anywhere from 5-20%

– Hedges provide a 3.6% property value increase

– Patios can increase a property value up to 12.4%

– Lawns increase property value anywhere from 15-20%

– Landscaping could add up to 15% to a home’s value. The National Association of Realtors president Walt McDonald of Riverside, Calif., says, “when people ask me how they can get strong interest in their property, I always tell them to fix up their landscaping. – SMART MONEY MAGAZINE (also a direct quote from landscapeontario.com)

By spending 5% of your home’s value on a quality, low-maintenance landscape, you could boost the resale value by 15%, earning back 150% or more of your landscape investment. (quote from landscapeontario.com)

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