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Shining Some Light on Landscaping Trends

With the summer months approaching at full speed, homeowners are rushing to get the perfect summer touches added to their garden. People are spending top dollar to install the latest ponds, fountains, flowers, and other landscaping accessories to their garden in time for a season of relaxation and social gatherings. Where homeowners are searching high and low for their perfect landscape dream, there is one thing those interested in landscape focus on, the latest lighting trends.

Lighting Trends

A few years ago, people used light to make sitting outdoors after dusk simpler. With the lighting trends of today, people are trying to shine a light on their artistic side. Lighting is no longer used for basic seeing. People are using lighting to bring out their favorite plants or shrubs. The lighting trend is making its big debut because it is a simple and cost effective way to add nice touches to the outdoors.

A study shows that lighting is the most popular landscaping feature today (See figure 1.1).  The chart shows that 96% of people prefer outdoor lighting to decorate their outdoors compared to other outdoor décor. Outdoor lighting has more benefits then cost and simplicity. Most outdoor lights are made of recyclable material making them recyclable as well, offer easy installation, and are now solar powered to be environmentally friendly (Trends, 2010).


Finding Your Light in Shining Armor

Since there are many different types of outdoor lighting fixtures that could be used in several different locations, one may find it difficult to find the perfect lighting fixture to meet their needs. Each trend specifies to certain sections of the garden. When it comes to lighting up a garden or deck lamps, torches, and garden lamps add an illuminating touch to table talk, dining, or card games.

For general outdoor lighting, outdoor wall lamps can be subtle and make outdoor living feel as comfortable as indoor living. Wall light fixtures can provide more lighting in a doorway to make carrying things in and out of the house easier and can make moving about outside the house safer.

The two outdoor lighting trends discussed above are two simple and basic ways of using outdoor lighting. Efficient for all types of activities and provides a hand in outdoor safety. Some homeowners may prefer to go beyond basic and dabble in a little artistic lighting.

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Joe Rey-Barreau, director of the Lighting and Design Center at the University of Kentucky stated “the challenge with landscape lighting is that most people don’t immediately see all the possibilities” (Landscaping America, 2012). The purpose of artistic outdoor lighting is to highlight the focal points by focusing on architectural features.

Using outdoor lighting could be compared to a woman. When a woman uses light make up to highlight her best features, it makes her look flawless, almost like magic. This same touch could be used outdoors by lighting up a archway, putting a splash of light on the wall of the house, or putting a spotlight on the grilling area. When a pool is present, presenting the idea of swimming in heaven can be an aluminous effect by adding dim spotlights in the pool.

When using artistic lighting, it is important that the lights be subtle. Lights should be hidden in fixtures, plants, or trees. Though lighting is used for safety, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be tasteful. It is proven that houses that are well lit up are less likely to be burglarized, however, this safety feature can be done without having spotlights on every corner of the house or leaving the Christmas lights up year round. Safety can now be done in tastefully (See figure 2.0).

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Figure 2.0 A perfect example of a home secured tastefully with subtle lighting

Knocking out Lights: Solar vs. Electric Powering

There are now trending ways of powering trendy outdoor lighting fixtures. This epic battle has been up for debate since the creation of solar energy. Solar lights are cost efficient and safe, however, electricity powered is more dependable. No matter what ones preference is, there are new lighting modifications for trendier solar or electric powered lights.

Thanks to recent modifications, solar lights are now six to twelve times brighter than traditional solar lights; they are eco friendly, and work during power outages. Solar lights have become very popular with outdoor lighting due to their easy installation, no wiring, and no cost to run (Lowes, n.d).

Though solar powered lights take the top spot of trendy lighting, improvements have been made to electric powered outdoor lighting as well. Electric powered lights now have easy bulb replacement, new digital transformers, and easy-to-handle connectors.

All in all, lighting fixtures is now the most popular source of outdoor fixtures. It is expected to stay in the most popular spot due to its new shine on creativity, safety, and designs. Lighting fixtures are a beautiful touch to any landscaping project that can make sitting outdoors just as comfortable as sitting indoors. Trying these new trends will not only shine light on your creativity, they will light up your life!


Landscape lighting ideas. (2012, March 4). Landscaping America. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.landscape-america.com/landscapes/lighting/outdoor_lighting.html

The Latest Outdoor Lighting. (n.d.). Lowes. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://www.lowes.com/cd_The+Latest+in+Outdoor+Lighting_1265745146_?AID=10935405&PID=5367341&SID=skim18202X753938X26b6314794118fea7c52b598f07bb943&cm_mmc=AFF_CJ-_-Skimlinks-skim18202X753938X26b6314794118fea7c52b598f07bb943-_-2617611-_-10935405


outdoor lighting ideas | ™ Trends Magazine. (2010, June 9). ™ Trends Magazine | Interior. Cars. Trucks . Boats and Yachts. Jewelry. Travel. Retrieved May 18, 2012, from http://trendszine.com/interior/2010/06/09/outdoor-lighting-ideas.html

Virtual Tours Are Great, But Not Enough!

Technology continues to do amazing things! We can now talk to loved ones face to face from across the country, make friends with our phone (good morning Siri!) and see the inside of a home to see if we would like to buy it. Virtual tours are becoming the next big thing in real estate with various virtual reality options that almost makes you feel like you are standing in the living room! While virtual tours are a helpful tool for buyers and agents, it is important to use caution when buying from far away.

Always See The Property Before Getting Attached

If you are looking to buy in another state, a virtual tour can be very helpful when it comes to making a list of potential buys. It can give you an idea of what the home looks like, but looks can often be decieving. Virtual tours may make a bedroom look huge based on the angle of the shot, but when seeing the property in person, the room may be smaller than you thought.

Though a home may look new through the virtual eye, virtual tours do not allow you to experience a home with your other senses as well such as smell or hearing. If the house looks new and quiet and you purchase it based by a virtual tour, it will be quite shocking when you walk in and smell the mold or hear the loud music that plays 24/7 from the club that is two streets down.

Use An Agent You Can Trust

When buying long distance, having an agent to assist you in the buying process can be extremely helpful. Sometimes flying all over the country to look at properties can be painful on your wallet. Having an agent you can trust can help you narrow your list down to help you achieve your real estate goals while giving you an insight of sight and smell rather than just sight.

Don’t Be Hasty!

Buying property from a distance can take a little bit of time, especially if you have only seen a virtual tour. Jumping too quickly on a home could end up being very costly in the long run of you jump into the first property you like without taking the time to see it for yourself.

Buying property out of state can be a great real estate investment or even a relaxing vacation home! These simple tips, can help you to buy the home of your dreams without stress and hassel. When you are ready to buy your vacation home on the Treasure Coast, call a RE/MAX Masterpiece Agent at 772-340-2700 or check out our featured properties at http://www.masterpiecerealty1.com.

Make Your Home a Pet Friendly One

No one is as excited for your new home as your family pet. It is full of curious wonders, new rooms, and new smells. Moving into a new home can be a little overwhelming of course, especially since it is important for your new home to be comfortable for you as well as your pet.  So how you keep you and your fur babies happy? These friendly tips will help make your home a pet friendly one.

Dog Friendly Home

Give Them Their Space

We have more in common with our pets than we think we do. Sometimes when we have had a rough day, we look forward to hiding away in a space we can call our own.  Though pets aren’t spending their day working the typical 9-5 schedule, certain elements such as separation anxiety, loud noises, storms, or crowds of people may have an effect on their mood.

Give them a little space.  Houses are full of opportunities to give your furry friends a little room to decompress such as a spacious closet with a corner to spare or even the laundry room. Give them a little nook with their kennel, food, and toys so they can have time to unwind from their exhausting day of waiting for you to come home.

Keep the Messes to a Minimum

Perhaps you have already thought about making changes to get one step closer to your perfect dream home, but you are worried having pets may do damage to your picture perfect house.  It doesn’t have to be stressful to redecorate while accommodating those little accidents your pets may leave behind. Make sure you are using pet friendly flooring. Carpet may feel nice on your feet, but it tends to hold onto everything including pet stains and odor and linoleum may be lifted by pet accidents.  It is safer to go with easy clean surfaces such as ceramic tile, which can be sanitized with bleach and odors can be eliminated easily with vinegar.

When choosing your paint, keep your furry friends in mind. The glossier the paint, the easier the paint is to clean. Our pets do not intend to make a mess, but after rolling around in the mud outside, they don’t quite understand how the mud ended up on the mall. If you get a flat paint, the mess will be impossible to clean up.

Keep Them Safe

Finally, it is always important to keep you and your pets safe. Make sure you are aware of what chemicals, foods, and other items could be harmful to your pets. It is also important to get a list of dangerous plants and animals that could be lurking outside your home. Make the most of your storage and make sure all hazardous material is out of the way.

Following these few tips will make sure that you and your fur babies are enjoying your new dream home. You will have an excuse to do some redecorating and you will be easing the anxiety that comes with moving for your pets.

These tips can be used in any home, not necessarily just a new home, but if you are your pets are looking for a more spacious place to call your home, contact one of our Re/Max Masterpiece Realtors in Port St Lucie, FL or visit our site at www.masterpiece1.com for available listings.