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At last, the weather is ideal for enjoying life outdoors. If you have a deck on your property with a fenced in yard, you have the ultimate outdoor entertainment advantage. You can invite friends and family to your home to enjoy an outdoor BBQ on your deck, a birthday party, a late night stargaze – the options are endless. If you have a fence, the children and pets you invite will be able to play freely in a safe outdoor space.
Outdoor lighting gives your yard a cozy and warm atmosphere and serves to let you enjoy your yard in the evening. With an outdoor lighting motion detector you can control when the lights come on so you can walk safely through your yard and to the front door. Place outdoor lighting along a path, driveway, patio, or between your plants, under your canopy, along the fence, or use an outdoor light to illuminate trees. Choose the right outdoor lighting for your yard.
For a beautifully illuminated garden, we always recommend creating a lighting plan. But what ensures that your lighting plan will be a success? These are the 4 most important tips for a successful lighting plan. When creating a lighting plan, you decide what you want to illuminate, how you want to illuminate it, and what fixtures you will use to illuminate it. But to create a lighting plan with a beautiful light balance, there are 4 essential criteria that you must keep in mind.
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When designing your lighting plan, it is good to realize where you actually look at your yard from the most. This is often from the living room and the deck. So make sure that your lighting plan creates a nice view of the yard from these places in the evening.
Make sure your lighting plan provides enough contrast. That is, not too much but also not too little lighting. Your yard does not have to be a huge sea of light. Ensure there are also darker areas in the yard since this causes the lighted areas to be more noticeable.
You create excitement in your lighting plan by alternating big or bright outdoor lighting with fixtures that provide subtle or soft light. This makes your lighting plan more interesting. Each in-lite fixture shown on the website and in the product catalogue indicates the kind of light they provide.
Also, create variation in your lighting plan by using different lighting directions and types of fixtures. For example, if you only use outdoor spotlights, this creates a one-sided, boring impression. Combine ground lights, bollards, wall lights and spotlights together. This creates an interesting lighting effect.
Enjoy these incredibly versatile retractable power screens that can be opened and closed with a button/app. Use these outdoor privacy screens to keep warm, block out the sun and wind, keep bugs out, amplify your outdoor living space, and to relax. They come in a variety of sizes/spans along with an array of mesh options. Click the button below to read even more about retractable power screens.
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Smart home tech and automation includes anything from wireless speakers to heating and cooling systems. With devices that support lighting, security, entertainment, landscaping and irrigation, you can level up your outdoor living spaces, too. It’s easy to transform your backyard into a functional and comfortable haven by embracing smart outdoor technology.
Entertaining is easy when you have a smart home setup in your backyard. Smart speakers with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi allow you to connect a phone to stream music directly from your personal device. You can even opt for speakers disguised as natural features like rocks so you can maintain the organic flow of your garden.
Another fun way to use smart tech for outdoor entertaining is a theater system. Mount a projector under your porch’s awning, a gazebo or canopy and host movie nights for neighbors, family and friends. You can buy a collapsible screen or simply drape a white sheet over the fence for the perfect big-screen experience. Complete your patio layout with a few chairs and chaises for comfy open-air seating.
For many, a hot tub is the ultimate in deck entertaining. Retrofitting a deck to hold a hot tub isn’t a small job. If your deck is low enough, you should rest the hot tub on a concrete pad for support with the deck built around it. Plan your placement carefully to avoid peering eyes. For a comfortable entry, try to build the deck at the same elevation as the tub’s seating. Hot tubs are extremely heavy, so if you’re putting one on top of your deck, be sure your contractor adds sufficient support below it.
FIf you have a two-story deck, chances are you could do with an under-deck drainage system. As rain comes down, it is collected via a network of pipes that divert it away from your deck, leaving it in pristine condition. An under-deck drainage system is also a chance to create usable space, improve the appearance of your deck, increase the property value and enhance safety. Want to add more style to your deck? Great! Add some furniture and some entertainment systems for maximum enjoyment. The options are limitless. Click here for even more under deck covering ideas.