It’s so close we can almost feel it: The summer months are just around the corner and when they arrive, we’ll once again be in a summer haze filled with grilled food, spritzy drinks and a blazing sun. Start your countdown now by prepping your outdoor space with the latest trends in outdoor lighting. Some local designers weigh in on the latest buzzes in outdoor living and their words are music to our ears.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Jeremy Horstman is the owner of Vision Landscape Design & Build, a local landscaping company that has more than 400 clients and has completed 700-plus projects. Horstman says the latest trend he’s currently watching is built-in lighting systems. Lighting fixtures like these are usually built into a patio or into a retaining wall and remain mostly hidden. Horstman says these lights are popular because they open up your space, offer a cleaner look and hide wires, which can minimize tripping hazards. They also offer a convenience factor. Horstman says most of these systems operate on a timer and turn on according to the setting determined by the user.
There is one potential drawback to this type of lighting. Since these fixtures are essentially embedded into our outdoor living space, simple maintenance like switching a bulb can become cumbersome. Horstman recommends customers spend a little time thinking about their plan before beginning installation.