02.26.21

Built-in grills

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:41 AM by Administrator

So many of us are moving towards having a built-in grill that I thought I would provide a few key factors on what to consider in a grill. The first is the size of the grill. I caution you from getting too big of a grill because you might not need the largest size grill that is available for sale. There are many grills that I can not envision in a person’s backyard but people want them because they might need the space someday. The bigger the grill the more gas it will require and the more space it will take up in your outdoor kitchen.

The quality of the grill will be largely dependent on the quality of the stainless steel. 304 stainless steel is the most common stainless steel. 316 stainless steel is marine grade and will last longer. The chemical composition between 304 and 316 is very different and we recommend only using 316 grade stainless steel if your grill is going to be exposed to ocean winds.

The three main brands of grills that we install are Kalamazoo, Napoleon and Lynx.

The Kalamazoo hybrid fire grill {K750} is made from 304 stainless steel, has 726 square inches of cooking area and costs $17,995. This grill can cook as a traditional gas grill or a charcoal grill or a smoker. It is very easy to use and it is compact.

The Napoleon built-in Presige Pro 500 is also made from 304 stainless steel and has 760 square inches (500 primary) of cooking area and costs $1,800. This grill has an infrared rear burner that can get up to 1800 degrees in a minute.

The Lynx 36″ Professional built in grill with 1 Trident Infrared Burner and 2 ceramic burners (L36TR) has 935 square inches (640 primary) of cooking area and costs $5,859.

As you can see, we normally install grills with 304 stainless steel but 316 stainless steel will be a better option for you if your grill is exposed to ocean winds.

If you have any questions about a built-in grill or want an outdoor kitchen, please feel free to call us at 978.948.2900. We look forward to listening to what you would like to have to entertain your family and pretty soon we will all be back to entertaining our friends as well.

02.19.21

Innovations in Outdoor Living

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 10:39 AM by Administrator

Earlier this week, I attended a webinar held by New England Home – Connecticut magazine. This was a very interesting conversation as they had 7 panelists talking about some current landscaping trends and new innovations in outdoor living.

Because most of us are staying home almost all of the time, the trend has been to build multiple patios in a backyard but have each patio be small. After the small patios are built then the areas in between get planted to provide each patio with a private feel. This is helping families enjoy the outdoors while having some ‘me’ time. Interestingly enough, in my opinion, is that the trend is to plant pollinator gardens and food gardens because we gain a sense of calm and happiness by seeing the butterflies and birds around us while then being able to harvest our own food.

With our goal of being outdoors, a new innovation are screens that are motorized. By having motorized screens, you can be truly outdoors all day then lower the screens when the mosquitos arrive.

More and more people in Connecticut are choosing porcelain tiles for their patios rather than traditional pavers. The exterior grade porcelain tiles stay cooler than the typical paver and do not stain. I know that we installed porcelain tiles in an outdoor kitchen that we built in 2020 and they did stay cooler I expected.

Another trend in the outdoor living is that more outdoor kitchens included a pizza oven last year. Industry wide, pizza oven sales were up over 400%. The reason for this is that more than one person wants to do the cooking and by having a grill and a pizza oven then many families found it easier to get their children excited to participate in the cooking and spend more ‘happy time’ together.

Brown Jordan furniture has several new lines of chairs and tables that are able to be used indoors as well as outdoors. They have furniture to meet many different styles and plenty of colors to choose from. Their current lead time is 8 – 9 weeks. I think we are only about 12 weeks from Memorial Day so that might become problematic if someone wants to meet what I consider the start of summer (Memorial Day).

If you would like to discuss anything that was discussed during this webinar or would like to discuss your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900.

07.28.20

Outdoor Kitchen

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:40 AM by Administrator

We finished this outdoor kitchen by creating a new sitting area in between the lawn and the kitchen. The contrasting colors of the sand and beach pebbles work very nicely against the stonework that we built for the kitchen cabinets. The porcelain tile floor provides of wide planks of wood grain tiles that are made to be installed outdoor. The kitchen counters are granite slabs.

Outdoor kitchen with built-in gas grill and granite counters
A close-up look at the outdoor kitchen with adjacent seating

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs including building your outdoor kitchen, please stop by our Office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900.

09.13.19

Can I add lights to my existing landscape lighting system?

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:48 AM by Administrator

We added FX landscape lights in the ZDC style to a pergola so that this family could enjoy the same type of light that they had elsewhere on the property. They had a FX-ZDC system already installed but asked us to wire in three under counter lights as they were building an outdoor kitchen. We wired those lights and installed about 10 additional lights. The additional lights were needed to provide security lighting along the driveway and ambient lighting down from the pergola. We were able to add these lights without replacing their transformer or any of the existing lights.

Wall mounted landscape light by FX in the NL style
FX-ZDC light in the NL style mounted to the top of a pergola
FX-ZDC light in the SD style mounted to the top of a pergola
FX-ZDC light in the SD style mounted to the top of a pergola

Please feel free to call Tony at 978.948.2900 or stop by our offices on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA to talk about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your landscape lighting goals.

04.19.19

Dogwood Tree during the Winter

Posted in Landscape Lights, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:23 AM by Administrator

This mature Dogwood tree is illuminated by 3 bullet lights. By using three lights on this dogwood, we are able to showcase its bark and branch structure without creating big, bright areas. The more uniform lighting around the whole tree pleases this Georgetown family.

What a Dogwood tree can look like during winter

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscape lighting needs, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

04.12.19

Unique’s Tiki Lights

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:46 AM by Administrator

We are installing 11 of Unique Lighting System’s Tiki lights around a pool in Beverly. The lights are very tall (4′ or so) and have a great stake that should support the lights for years to come. Each light is secured to a 17″ stake. We compacted the ground around each stake to help keep each fixture plumb/straight. This picture shows the stake and post but does not show the top of the Tiki light as we were in the process of installing the light fixtures and connecting the wires.

Lighting around a pool

For more information about Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscape lighting goals, please call Tony at 978.948.2900 or visit us at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA.

02.22.19

Accent lights around a deck and railing

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:33 AM by Administrator

The owner of this function facility in Nahant finished a deck right next to the ocean in white and wanted to make sure the guests would be safe. As a result, he asked us to design a lighting system that would provide safety while not impacting the view of the ocean. We installed FX lighting fixtures that are dimmable and finished with a white exterior. The white exterior of each light fixture helps them blend in with the white railing.

Deck Lights by FX that blend in with the railing

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your outdoor lighting goals, please stop by our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA or call us at 978.948.2900 so that we can schedule a time to meet you at your home.

02.15.19

Lights in a Rowley backyard

Posted in Landscape Lights, Pavers, Plants, Uncategorized, Winter Landscape at 6:48 AM by Administrator

This family was looking to have their patio illuminated as well as make a significant hill appear more attractive than the dark imposing hill that it was when we met. Because this family has young children and a dog, we designed their landscape lighting system to have light fixtures that were installed in locations where it would be unlikely that someone or the dog would knock them over.

Thus, we installed several lights up on their house. These lights provide downlighting onto the patio and plants while one light is focused over the grill to provide task lighting. Other lights were installed up on the hill and provide up lighting towards the top of the hill and some of the trees. As a result of the combination of lighting techniques, we were able to provide a consistent theme across the backyard and a more welcoming feel to the area. These FX Luminaire lights are in the ZDC style so they can be dimmed and emit different colors as often as you want to change the colors or the lights can be programmed to be a consistent color.

Rowley Backyard with Lights that can be programmed any color

Landscape Lights with color options in Rowley Backyard

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your landscape lighting needs, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

02.08.19

Light at a Driveway Entrance

Posted in Landscape Lights, Uncategorized at 6:24 AM by Administrator

There are times when someone wants light at the beginning of their driveway but they don’t have a post to install the light onto. The common thought is that you can not have light in that area because a plow or snowblower is going to destroy the light fixtures if you place them in the ground or you are going to be blinded from the landscape lights when you drive in or out of your property.

Often times, we install lights up in trees and have them provide downlighting onto the driveway. The benefit of installing the lights up in trees is that the fixtures will not be damaged by snow removal equipment and you should not see the light source when you drive in or out of your property because we will have installed the light fixtures in areas that are out of sight.

For this Beverly family, we have some accent lights facing away from the driveway opening so that drivers will not be impacted by lights shining at them but these lights help accentuate the opening to the driveway. The asphalt area of the driveway is downlit from four lights that we installed up in the trees that are near the driveway.

Driveway Entrance accented with ground lights and lights installed in trees

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you get the landscape lighting system that you want, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

02.06.19

Natural Stone Wall in Newburyport

Posted in Landscape Lights, Masonry, Pavers, Plants, Pruning, Uncategorized at 7:08 AM by Administrator

This restaurant along the waterfront in Newburyport wanted a seating area by a firepit that they had. We designed and built a natural stone wall that was tiered so that the wall could serve as additional seating while not obscuring the view. This natural stone wall was capped with granite coping after we installed low voltage landscape lights near the top of the wall.

Natural Stone Wall with Granite Coping

Natural Stone Wall and Granite Coping with mortar

For information about how Artistic Landscapes LLC can help you with your stonework needs (whether it is a patio, walkway or stone wall) that you want, please stop by our Office at 111 Newburyport Turnpike (Route One), Rowley, MA or call Tony at 978.948.2900.

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