A Business Plan and a Renovated Residence Benefit from Clear Intents
Creative Nightscapes of North Richland, Texas, illuminated this residence in Southlake Texas, with an exterior lighting system comprised of 356 lights on the home and property, and 129 lights in the water features. All fixtures are from Kichler’s Design Pro Integrated LED line and all the lamps are 3,000 Kelvin. There are a variety of up, down, wash, path, deck, arbor, hardscape and waterproof fixtures with various degree spreads. 2 in 1 accent lights were mounted on top of the rain gutters to highlight the dormers and chimneys around the front and back of the home, which helps to make the residence stand out. In order to hide some of the wire, stonemasons were called in to remove stone from the façade and replace the stone once the wires were installed.
4.5 LED accent fixtures were mounted under the eaves to highlight the walls and illuminate the walkway areas.
When diagramming a ground plan for a business, one of the points to consider is how broad or narrow the focus will be. When Patrick Cheatham and a partner mapped out Creative Nightscapes, they decided the company’s focus would be aimed directly at outdoor lighting in each of its phases – design, installation and service.
“There are so many areas of opportunity in the landscaping industry but we chose to stay away from the peripheral and stick with one thing and one thing only,” states Cheatham.
Having fixed on that, they eventually became an official Kichler lighting professional. In 2012, the manufacturing company chose Creative Nightscapes as the LightPro Contractor of the Year for the entire U.S. More recently, they were named the 2013 Western Region contractor of the year.
“We basically created an exterior lighting system here and every business needs a system to run on,” says Cheatham who admits that after years of having a hand in all parts of the business, he is letting each of his team do what they do best while he concentrates on driving the business forward.
Based in North Richland, Texas, Creative Nightscapes offers their exterior lighting services in the greater Dallas and Fort Worth area including Arlington, Grapevine, Highland Park, Plano, Frisco and McKinney. The company has been in business for 10 years and counts over 2,000 locations where they have designed and installed landscape lighting.
One of those locations is in Southlake, Texas, where a spacious residence was in need of a new lighting installation for the house, the grounds and the immense water features.
“Everything was pulled out and we started new.”
Three years before, Creative Nightscape had installed lighting at the property on recommendation from the homebuilder who had seen some of their work around the area. The residence was later renovated: the house’s stucco façade replaced with a French provincial look in stone and the landscaping transformed.
Due to the extent of the modification, keeping in place some of the existing lighting system, including the wiring, was not an option.
“It was a complete new design,” says Cheatham. “All the wire, everything was pulled out and we started new.”
The two-week design process was handled by Cheatham and Jerry Holbrook, the in-house designer who does about 70 percent of the design work according to Cheatham.
The entire project used Kichler Design Pro Integrated LED fixtures in a variety of up, down, wash, path, deck, arbor, hardscape and waterproof models, with various degree spreads. The color temperature of all the lamps is 3,000 Kelvin.
Creative Nightscape removed the existing 60 to70 halogen lights. The installers started with the front yard landscape. Every wire run was hand dug with trenching shovels.
The house’s façade was next in line for illumination. This included mounting Hardscape fixtures under the eaves of the garages to accent the doors and illuminate the walkway areas. 2 in 1 accent lights were mounted on top of the rain gutters to highlight the dormers and chimneys around the front and back of the home to give it a little extra punch.
In the backyard, there were not only landscaped areas, but also a number of arbors and a sport court. Down lights with special mounting brackets were used on all the arbors.
The wiring for those lights was installed on top of the arbors to hide them.
The final phase was highlighting the two water features with Design Pro 2 in 1 accent lights.
One of the challenges faced by the installation crew was making sure all of the 129 fixtures and all of the connections inside the water features were completely watertight. They had been constructed of concrete with overhangs to create dramatic cascades. Only after it was built did the client decide to add lights.
To run the wires, Creative Nightscape had to drill into the concrete.
They also were able to tuck wires under the overhangs and secure them with brass fasteners mounted with a pneumatic gun.
After the first attempt, water was still able to seep into lights because of the high water pressure so Creative Nightscape searched for, and found, lights that could stand up to the pressure.
Hiding the wiring for the lights that illuminated the peak of the front entry presented another challenge. To solve it, stonemasons were called in to remove some of the façade’s stone. Creative Nightscape then ran the wiring and the masons reinstalled the stone over it.
“We’re very fortunate… that there’s a lot of really beautiful homes to light.”
When all was said and done, the property ended up with 485 fixtures: the 129 in the water features and 356 spread throughout the other areas of the residence. It took the five installers only 15 days to do most of the work. A few extra trips were needed to add some lights and to adjust others.
To install lights in the existing water features, Creative Nightscape had to bore into the concrete to run the wires, which were also tucked under the overhangs of the cascades where possible. It took trial and error to make sure each of the 129 water accent lights and every connection was watertight.
For the wall lights, the crew dug down along the back of the wall with trenching shovels. Mortar drill bits were then used to create below-grade access into the wall to run the wire. The wall light here is a Half Moon model. 4.5 LED lights with special mounting brackets were used on all the arbors. The wiring for those lights was installed on top of the arbors. Llena path lights help illuminate these walkways.
Not surprisingly, the homeowner loved it. The residence is located on a busy street in a prominent neighborhood and the very visible and striking results have led to more work for Creative Nightscapes from other clients.
As Cheatham declares, “The system works.”
For Creative Nightscapes, that system includes choosing the products for all the customers and relying on the same manufacturer.
“Every now and then I use a variety of products (from other manufacturers) but it’s rare,” Cheatham states.
He also admits that being in the right market is key to an effective business plan. “We’re very fortunate that we live in an area like this where there’s a lot of growth and a lot of really beautiful homes to light,” says Cheatham.
Creative Nightscape’s fortunes rest on their continued attention to specializing in eye-catching designs and installations.
Article from Landscapeonline.com