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Enhance Outdoor Ambiance with Landscape Lighting

When it comes to creating an exceptional landscape, some of the first features that come to mind are plants, trees, shrubs, and hardscapes. However, lighting also plays an integral role in enhancing the ambiance and functionality of your outdoor spaces. We incorporate many of the design principles from our landscapes into our lighting designs, such as layering, points of interest, and themes.

How Lighting Enhances Outdoor Ambiance

Exterior lighting should go beyond a bulb by the front door. The strategic placement of outdoor lighting will create a mood, enhance landscape features like prominent trees or hardscapes, and increase the functionality of your space. Lighting can create a peaceful, zen-like oasis or an energizing entertainment space. It helps extend outdoor living and entertaining long after the sun goes down and increases safety by illuminating dark areas, stairs and walkways.

Energy-saving Outdoor Lighting

Our lighting designers use a variety of low voltage outdoor lighting solutions to illuminate a landscape. Being green-friendly and focused on sustainability, we use LED lighting fixtures as they’re energy efficient, provide warm white light and come in many designs.  New low voltage lighting transformers have the technology to offer zoning features, colored lights and easier control capability.  We can even connect everything to your home automation system or smart phone.

Add beauty, value, security and functionality

  1. Layer lighting. Just as we use a variety of layers and textures with your landscape design, our lighting designers suggest combining low lights, spotlights, overhead lights and water feature lighting. This layering effect will add visual interest and bring your landscape alive at night.
  2. Illuminate pathways and stairs. Lighting pathways and stairs help create a point of interest in your landscape and improve safety after dark. If you’re considering adding a patio or pathway to your landscape, it’s smart to take outdoor lighting into consideration at the beginning to create a seamless look.
  3. Add overhead lighting. Create a magical outdoor space by moon lighting or uplighting. Our designers can help you choose a lighting solution that will compliment your unique outdoor space and enhance outdoor ambiance and entertaining.

Contact us at Lifescape Colorado to learn how we can enhance your landscape with lighting and design outdoor entertaining spaces that can be enjoyed long after the sun goes down.

Lifescape Colorado Receives 2 Grand Awards at Landscapes 2017

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is the trade association for the landscape industry and represents the voice of more than 100,000 landscape professionals. Each year this organization hosts the NALP Awards Program at its Landscapes conference to recognize landscape professionals for their exemplary work at a national level. Lifescape Colorado is honored to have received two prestigious Grand Awards at the LANDSCAPES 2017 conference on October 19th in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Grand Award is the NALP’s top category and recognizes interiorscape, landscape, and lawn care professionals who design and create superior projects. The association judged all entries on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and specific criteria listed for each category.

Below is an overview of the two projects that Lifescape Colorado received Grand Awards for:

Grand Award: Small Residential Design/Build Category

We received the Grand Award in the small residential design/build category for our York Street Revival project in Denver, Colorado. Lifescape Colorado was engaged to create a beautiful backyard makeover complete with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, pergola, lighting, fireplace, spa, plantings, hardscape, and more to compliment a 1920’s home. The project was executed over the course of three years and truly gave this historic home a new life.

Grand Award: Residential Landscape Management Category

We were honored to receive another Grand Award at the 2017 Landscapes Conference in the residential landscape management category with our Georgian Charm project in Englewood, Colorado. This project features Georgian-inspired architecture with a mixture of formal gardens and more relaxed meadows and plantings on a 2.5-acre site. After the initial install, Lifescape Colorado transitioned to a year-round garden management plan.

Since 1976 Lifescape Colorado has been completing quality, custom residential and commercial projects in the areas of landscape design, project construction, and customized maintenance programs. Our attention to detail, award-winning designs, and craftsmanship construction sets us apart from the competition.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you take your Colorado landscape to the next level.

Designing Intimate Outdoor Rooms for Homes

Having a yard is great, but how do you make it feel cozy? Maybe you have a small backyard and aren’t sure what to do with it. You need to divide up your landscape for different uses or features. One great feature to add to your yard is an outdoor living room, where you can relax, dine, or entertain.

Designing Intimate Outdoor Rooms for Homes

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You can approach your outdoor room just as you would any indoor living space. You will need furniture, flooring (even if it’s just grass), a style, color scheme, etc., not to mention plants and perhaps a water feature. If you’re struggling to decide on a style, French garden style is a classic choice that suits just about any space. This is because of the symmetry and order of the style.

Some hallmarks of French garden style are geometric shapes, boxwood hedges, well-manicured shrubs, neat garden beds, lavender and stone. If you have a small courtyard, this style would translate very well.

One way to combine an intimate outdoor room and lots of plantings is a pocket garden. If you’re short on lawn area, make your outdoor room feel just as lush by adding dense groupings of planters to create an urban jungle. You can even use mirrors to make the space feel larger. Another small space strategy is to choose a simple neutral color palette and make use of every square foot, such as using built-in benches on a balcony.

Short on budget? You need little more than a picnic table, some string lights, and climbing plants to create an inexpensive outdoor entertaining area.

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Need more ideas for your small yard? Consider adding some lighting to extend your use of an outdoor room to night time. Add a new outdoor area rug to pull your seating area together or refresh an existing one. If you’re laying pavers, align them diagonally to create the illusion of more space. Especially in a small space, choose properly scaled furnishings and avoid clutter.

What are your suggestions for creating an intimate outdoor room? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Elements of the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

What tops your wish list for the ultimate outdoor living space? In most cases, our clients’ favorite features are those that allow for socializing, dining, relaxing and a few fun activities. Of course, all of these elements are interwoven with gorgeous plants, trees and flowers that can make your yard a beautiful space year-round.

Here are some features we feel create the most well-rounded and enjoyable landscapes, most of which involve Colorado hardscaping to construct the foundation. Once your foundation is in place, you can continue to augment outdoor spaces as the seasons progress.

Contemporary Site And Landscape Plan by Denver Architects & Designers Alex Jewett: Godden Sudik Architects

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Work with your backyard climate. Your landscape is in constant transition due to natural weather patterns and the changing intensity of the sun as the earth orbits around it. Take a holistic approach by mapping your outdoor space with all four seasons in mind. This way, you can design hardscaping and landscaping elements that complement or protect it from existing sun, wind and water exposure.

Traditional Patio by Atlanta Architects & Designers Frederick + Frederick Architects

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An outdoor room. Adding an outdoor room gives you the ability to use your backyard year-round. Adding a solid foundation for a patio, water-tight covering and comfortable furniture can really enhance an all-weather outdoor space. When you include a fireplace in your design, you can stay cozy even on a cold winter’s night. Investing in an outdoor room will expand your home’s square footage and will make your property much more desirable for future home buyers.


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A serene waterscape. In addition to the soothing and relaxing qualities of a water feature, your fountain, pond, or stream bed can help cool surrounding seating areas, creating a wonderful space to escape the summer heat. There are many ways to incorporate water into your landscape and a professional landscape designer will design one that enhances your backyard’s function.

Traditional Patio by Sacramento Architects & Designers Debbie R. Gualco

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Al fresco dining. Warm spring, summertime and early fall mean plenty of outdoor dining opportunities for Colorado homeowners. Design an outdoor kitchen and dining area that accommodates your budget, and you’ll use it for years to come.

Are you ready to create the ultimate outdoor living space in your backyard? Contact Lifescape Colorado for expert hardscaping and landscaping design services.

Eclectic Outdoor Garden Styles


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There’s no cardinal rule of landscaping that says you can’t mix design styles. In fact, two of the most well-known early-20th century garden designers, architect Edwin Lutyens and plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll, were known for doing just that. Lutyens designed hardscapes and used Jekyll’s intuitive ability to choose plants that would create a unique and special garden space.

You can incorporate some of their techniques to create an eclectic Colorado garden design in your backyard landscape.


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Understand the role of architectural hardscapes

The hardscape designs form both the skeleton of your finished landscape, as well as unique features. Think carefully about how you can use the classic geometry of hardscaping to create walkways, plant beds, terraces and water features. Then, think a little outside the box to give them a different or creative flair.


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Masculine and feminine

Formal landscape designs lean more towards the masculine. It’s all about straight edges, symmetrical, geometric shapes and solid boundaries. You can appreciate the beauty of a formal hardscape design and then soften the edges by using rounded, draping and flowering plants.


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Be creative

Remember, we mentioned combining classic hardscape geometry with a creative twist? There are many ways to go about this. One example is the use of a traditional concrete walkway that becomes a part of a water feature’s path. Incorporate art pieces during the warm, dry season and use sculptures as a means of adding the unexpected to your landscape. Traditionally, a line of garden containers is planted with uniformly formal plants. You can shift the tradition by planting them with a variation of softer, asymmetrical plants.


Source: Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture via Houzz

Make a graceful entrance

The entrance to the home is often an area where architects lean toward a more formal design, since this makes a more dramatic impression. You can enjoy a very classic and formal entryway, while still experiencing the graceful and feminine energy provided by groundcover that intentionally spills over onto walkways.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to begin creating your own eclectic Colorado backyard design. Or, turn to our landscape maintenance team to keep your garden looking its best all year long.