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Creative Landscape Lighting: A Neighborhood Well Lit: English Cottage-Style Home – Part 8

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By Randy

Landscape lighting has the ability to mold your mood if used properly throughout the landscape. Landscape lighting, to me, lets your guests know that they are welcome and leads them to your front door. The landscape lighting at The Retreat at Kennesaw Mountain goes above and beyond this ideal. The ENTIRE neighborhood is lit with landscape bullet floods secured amongst the arbor umbrella to set the mood from high above and the neighborhood entrance lighting is optimized for security and beauty. It’s mood light that’s just right. It was well planned and works to perfection.

Read on for a few helpful links for your landscape lighting project and lots more images of a professional installation at The Retreat at Kennesaw Mountain…

My pre-dawn commute takes me by The Retreat so I enjoy taking the time to look over and see the neighborhood entrance lighting that Bonner Custom Homes has put together to make The Retreat at Kennesaw Mountain something truly special for the homeowners and their guests.



Lighting From High Above


I counted 17 trees with landscape bullet floods lining the short route around the neighborhood with light that showcases the true beauty of Mother Nature’s living monuments. With spring upon us now, I’ve had the opportunity to observe how it looks with, and without, leaves on the trees. Personally, I enjoy the canopy flood view sans leaves. I’ve always preferred the limb structure and bark textures that are much more apparent during the winter months. Leaves simply soften the overall appearance of trees and give it a smoother structure, aesthetically speaking.

As you can see in the images I’ve provided they also add a bounty of color. The contrasting colors of the cypress and Japanese maple foliage are magnified with the feature lights used in this application. There are several more entrance lights in addition to the landscape floods. There are 3 floods focusing on the gate, several lights that feature individual “specimen” trees and 2 spotlights (1 happened to be burned out at the time the photograph was taken) focusing on the inscribed subdivision nameplate.

It is elegantly understated, if that makes any sense. I don’t think my photos do justice to how it looks with the naked eye but you can judge for yourself.

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If you find this article interesting, you may want to check out the whole series of posts on the English-cottage style home that’s being built in this neighborhood and all of the beautiful craftsmanship and materials that go into constructing it.