Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area

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Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

This is one amazing Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area which we recently installed in Lancaster, PA. The project consisted of an in ground swimming pool installed by Integrity Pools and Spas. After pool installation was complete we came in and began work on the surrounding outdoor living area. Installation started with the pool sliding board mound and retaining walls which included natural stone steps leading to the top of the water slide. A new Techo-bloc Blu 60 paver patio pool deck was installed around the pool with antika accents and victorien boarder. the seating area to the side of the pool has a beautiful pergola installed above. FX Luminaire landscape lighting includes path lighting, up lighting, and down lighting. The remainder of the are inside the fence was completed with plantings and stone and mulch. To the outside of the fence we finished the project off with approximately 6,500 square feet of sod around the perimeter. This is one amazing backyard, finished up just in time for end of summer enjoyment!

Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Swimming Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Retreat in The Woods (Before & After)

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Retreat in the Woods Before & After

Retreat in the Woods Before & After

Check out the Before & After of this amazing Retreat in the Woods install earlier this year. This Wooded Retreat project started with the removal of a large area of bamboo roots, re-grading the area after, and installing bamboo containment barrier. All root materials were be excavated and disposed of off site. We then graded the side yard to eliminate mounds and low areas, removed rocks and boulders which were be used on front bank. Grading was also done in preparation for fence installation. Bamboo containment barrier was installed from street down to back of property.

2 truckloads of top soil was hauled in to fill areas where bamboo roots were excavated. The newly installed topsoil was fine graded to prep for the fence and plantings.
Tree work including tree trimming and tree removal throughout the site was done by Arborist Enterprises.
This luxurious portion of this project included a complete landscape design featuring Trees and shrub installation with all disturbed ground covered with natural wood chips. Natural stone steps along driveway were installed using local gray/earth tone treads. The patio surface was installed using natural irregular flagstone, natural stone treads for steps, and PA Limestone boulders to retain grade around patio. The fire pit consisted of a natural stacked stone ring and ‘Zentro’ Smokeless Fire Pit insert. Natural stone paths were installed using natural large irregular flagstone slabs. All landscape lighting installed was Kichler LED light fixtures.

Lighting Ideas for Your Pond, Waterfall, or Fountain

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Pretty Backyard Lighting Ideas for Your Pond, Waterfall, or Fountain

BY:AQUASCAPE

When you want to enjoy your water feature as the sun begins to set, be sure to add outdoor lighting. Most people think to add landscape lighting around a deck or patio, but don’t neglect your water feature for optimal nighttime viewing! Here you’ll find pretty backyard lighting ideas for your pond, waterfall, or fountain.Add underwater lighting to a pond and you’ll enjoy seeing your fish swim at night. It’s almost magical watching them dart in and out of the lights.

Koi Pond with Underwater Lighting

 

Waterfall and pond lights add an ethereal glow to your water garden, creating a memorable moment during the evening hours.

Pond and Waterfall with Night Lighting

 

For water feature owners, backyard lighting ideas include both pond and landscape lights. Underwater lights allow you to see fish in the evening, while garden path lights accentuate the architectural elements of terrestrial plants.

Backyard Pond Lighting

 

Underwater pond lights are a must for those with recreation ponds.

Aquascape Recreation Pond at Night

 

For a truly pretty effect add a waterfall light. You’ll find your water feature takes on a whole new look at night.

Waterfall Lights by Aquascape

 

This waterfall on a large farm pond is used as a backdrop for wedding photographs. Spotlights are located at several points to show the depth and beauty of the falls.

Aquascape Pond and Waterfall at McCannon Farm

 

Water takes on a glowing effect when spilling over rocks. It’s easy to be mesmerized by this peaceful scene.

Backyard Waterfall with Lighting at Night

 

Place path lights at the top of the falls, and waterfall lights behind each drop of your waterfall.

Backyard Waterfall with Lighting at Night

 

Remember to add small lights to a Patio Pond or container water garden. It looks equally pretty during the evening hours as it does during the day.

Patio Pond with Aquascape LED Light

 

small spotlight showcases a fountain in a front or backyard.

Scalloped Fountain Urn with Night Lighting

 

Another great backyard lighting idea for a fountain is to incorporate a small flame using the Aquascape Fire Fountain Add-On Kit. Everyone will ask how a fountain manages to maintain a pretty flame while the water is flowing.

Stacked Slate Urn Combines Water and Fire

 

No matter what type of water feature you have, you can enhance its beauty well into the evening hours with the addition of pond and garden lighting.

 

Learn how to design your own backyard lighting ideas:

Pool Patio Paradise

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Pool Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

What do you do when you don’t have the grade for an outdoor living area? Well we build the grade for you. Check out this amazing Pool Patio paradise.

This Pool Patio Paradise project included the installation of retaining walls, steps, and patio areas we designed. The lower walls installed were constructed using Redi-Rock ‘Ledgestone’ wall and and New Line Rosetta ‘Belvedere’ wall caps. The wall is approximately 6′ at it’s highest point. As you can tell from the photos this wall had to be in place before and work could begin on the pool area. This backyard was a straight slope before we began. A 3′ wall on upper side by the driveway was installed using New Line Rosetta ‘Belvedere’ wall and caps. Approximately 831 sq ft patio was installed around the pool using Belgard Laffitt Rustic Slab pavers. The steps from the driveway down and from the patio to the yard were installed using Belgard Anchor Landing steps. Fencing was later installed around the entire patio a and pool area. Final site grading and seeding was done upon project completion. All Tree removal included on site before consturction began was handled by Arborist Enterprises. The pool was constructed by Integrity Pools and Spas.

Pool Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Patio and Outdoor Living Area installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

Pool Patio Paradise installed in Lancaster, PA

5 Great Ways to Light Your Outdoor Steps

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Why Outdoor Lighting Matters

BY :CAST Lighting

landscape lighting

We often give the advice that when you’re ready to take your property to the next level with landscape lighting, or even just toying with the idea, start small. Dip your toes by selecting one area of importance to light rather than the whole nine yards.

This tends to be the backyard to add a level of security by warding off possible intruders. A very close second is illuminating areas and features that may be difficult or hazardous to navigate without outdoor lighting, such as pathways, stairways and steps. This adds a needed element of safety, allowing people to navigate a property more easily.

Adding light to your balcony staircase, a patio doorstep, or beautifully hardscaped steps to a pool or entertaining area eliminates danger and potential injury. Outdoor lighting also adds a beautification factor that can set a mood and truly make a home stand out while adding value to the property.

 

Does Landscape Lighting Work for Me?

landscape lighting

Maybe you like the idea of adding landscape lighting, but you don’t think there is room or can’t it be retrofitted into your landscape and hardscape design. This shouldn’t deter you in the slightest. Landscape lighting is all about creativity and problem solving. A lot of the time, landscape lighting is added after the fact to existing structures and landscapes that weren’t necessarily designed with outdoor lighting in mind. Post lights, down lights or moon lights, and core lights are all fixtures used for outdoor step lighting that are invaluable to every landscape lighting system.

With all that said, now you be asking, “How do I choose which lighting fixture or technique is best for my application?” The short answer is not the simplest one. It all depends on how you are using the space where the steps or stairs are located and what effect you are trying to achieve beyond creating a safer environment. This is where chatting with a professional comes in handy—especially if you’re unsure of which lighting technique you want to use, which effect would look best, and what would be most effective overall.

Here’s a quick summary of five outdoor step lighting to consider:
 

Path lighting
landscape lighting

A lot of the time step lighting is accomplished not by adding lights to the actual steps themselves, but alongside them. This is otherwise known as path lighting—afterall, a stairway is a form of a path! Path lighting is a basic landscape lighting technique which uses path or area lights. Often times, the purpose of path lighting is to light planting beds and paths to provide seamless transition between lighting scenes for both safety and cohesion.

One recommendation is to alternate placement of path light fixtures from one side of the step to the other to light the path evenly and attractively. The goal is to provide enough illumination to prevent tripping hazards, but also to space fixtures far enough apart to create distinct pools of light so your eye naturally moves through the space. Lighting both sides of each step, on the other hand, is not aesthetically pleasing and feels unnatural when walking along a path.
 

Downlighting, moonlighting
Light Your Outdoor Steps

Another way to light steps or stairs is downlighting. A more advanced downlighting technique is known as moonlighting. Moonlighting uses tree lights with the purpose of providing soft natural lighting over large areas. Moonlighting serves as an ideal transition connecting different lighting scenes together and eliminating black holes from the project, and again, providing safety and cohesion.

To successfully create a moonlighting effect, fixtures should be placed in a tree at least 25 feet high—at least two lights per tree—and directed down onto the stairway.
 

Hardscape Lighting
Light Your Outdoor Steps

Hardscape lighting is also exactly how it sounds: Using engineered wall lights within stones, or a hardscape, steps and stairways can be lit safely and evenly using hardscape lighting. This is a lovely and sophisticated way to light outdoor steps while highlighting thoughtful hardscape design. Either the walls on both side of a stairway or the stairs themselves can be lit with hardscape lighting, which brings us to our fifth way to light outdoor steps: tread lighting.
 

Post rail lighting

These fixtures are exactly how they sound: They mount onto a post of railing of a stairway, effectively illuminating the path beneath them. One type of post rail light fixture that CAST offers is actually a deck light, which serves the same purpose and blends nicely with a wooden or metal railing. Be forewarned, though, installation and wiring of post rail fixture can get complicated and if the drilling and fishing isn’t done properly, it could result in a permanent and unsightly mistake such as a hole drilled in the wrong spot. Thus, we recommend working with a professional on this kind of lighting project.
 

Tread Lighting

Tread lighting is a type of stair lighting that uses step lights, strip lights, or slim hardscape lights. These strips of light that are placed under each step, washing each one with a gentle, even glow that gives it the illusion that it is floating. This is a dazzling and unique light effect that offers a customized look enjoyed by many.
 

The #1 Takeaway of All 5 Outdoor Step Lighting Options
Light Your Outdoor Steps

We briefly touched on this top takeaway in our post rail lighting section—and that’s the consideration that all three of the above lighting installs require precision and technical prowess. Our #1 takeaway here is to make sure to consult a professional landscape lighting designer before trying your hand at this outdoor step lighting. It’s critical to select the right fixture and lighting effect to safely and beautiful illuminate your steps. And to take it one step further, it’s just as important to wire and mount the fixtures at the proper height and beam angle—then test and tweak the lights at night—to ensure a successful lighting project.

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy the results!

Front Entrance Renovation

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looking for curb appeal? check out this complete front entrance renovation featuring an all new paver walkway, complete landscape over haul, Mongolian Basalt column fountain and landscape lighting. The old drab typical concrete walkway was removed to make way for a beautiful new Unilock paver walkway. All existing landscape and some grass areas were removed to make way for all new landscape beds. the landscape beds including all newly designed planting throughout the front of the home as well as along the driveway area. Landscape lighting was also installed throughout the planting beds to up light some of the existing mature trees as well as the fountain by the front door. The fountains is a 3 column Mongolian basalt fountain also highlighted with landscape lighting. This is the first phase of a project that will eventually include a complete backyard renovation as well. Stay tuned!

 

Tips for a Healthy Summertime Pond

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It’s hot, In case you haven’t noticed. When the heat is scorching you’re finned friends need a little extra TLC. So we have some amazing Tips for a healthy summertime pond to help you keep your fish and your pond happy as can be.
 
BY: AQUASCAPE

The beauty and joy of a pond makes summer more memorable and relaxing! To fully enjoy the “Aquascape Lifestyle,” you want to make sure your water feature is healthy and functioning optimally throughout the warmer months. When water temperature rises above 80 degrees this summer, it’s important to keep a few things in mind.

Healthy Summertime Pond

Health of Your Pond Fish

Keep an eye on your fish. Do your finned friends appear stressed out, gasping for air close to the water’s surface or especially close to a fountain or waterfall? Warm water has a low capacity for holding oxygen, while cooler water can hold very large amounts of oxygen.

Warm pond water and increased activity go hand and hand, and that increased activity also means your fish require more oxygen when less oxygen is available, thus creating a vicious cycle. Stressed fish often begin to develop diseases, and soon enough you’ll have a domino effect.

Add oxygen to your pond by placing an aerator or AquaForce® pump in your pond. You can also install a fountain with a pump if your pond doesn’t have a waterfall or stream. Make sure all areas of the pond are skimmed and the water circulated. And keep in mind that waterfalls, streams, and even fountains play a huge part in the oxygenation of the water in your pond.
 

Beat the Heat

There are some preventative measures you can take in order to keep your pond from becoming a warm, unhealthy mess. It all starts with a well-designed water feature. Depth, plant coverage, shade, and circulation should all be considered when designing and building a pond. A minimum depth of two feet is suggested; the bottom of the pond will remain cooler.

You’ll also want to stock your pond with a lot of plants to provide shade for the fish. A good rule of thumb is to provide plant coverage of approximately 1/3 to 1/2 of the pond’s surface area.

Perhaps one of the most important parts of pond design is circulation. If possible, you’ll want to place your biological filter and mechanical filter across the pond from each other, so that your pond receives optimal circulation.

 

Additional Summer Pond Tips

During the hot summer months, you can use some of these tips to help keep your pond performing optimally:

  • If you feed your fish, feed them in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond.
  • Be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water.

The bottom line is that you need to keep an eye on your pond and let your fish and plants do the talking. If you have a balanced ecosystem, you’ll find it much easier to maintain the health of your pond, fish, and plants.

Healthy Summertime Pond

Mongolian Basalt Column Fountains

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Mongolian Basalt Column Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Basalt Column Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

New Fountain Display installed at Dental Care of Lancaster. This fountain consists of six Mongolian Basalt Columns displayed directly in front of the entrance to the dental center. The entrance was plain and drab so we had to hook it up with something fresh and welcoming to all the patients. Besides the basalt columns we added a few weathered limestone boulders and some drift wood to really set off the display.

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Mongolian Basalt Column Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Mongolian Basalt Column Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Mongolian Basalt Column Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Mongolian Basalt Column Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Fountains installed in Lancaster, PA

Wooded Retreat

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Wooded Retreat installed in Lancaster, PA

Wooded Retreat installed in Lancaster, PA


 
This Wooded Retreat project started with the removal of a large area of bamboo roots, re-grading the area after, and installing bamboo containment barrier. All root materials were be excavated and disposed of off site. We then graded the side yard to eliminate mounds and low areas, removed rocks and boulders which were be used on front bank. Grading was also done in preparation for fence installation. Bamboo containment barrier was installed from street down to back of property.

Natural Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA


 
2 truckloads of top soil was hauled in to fill areas where bamboo roots were excavated. The newly installed topsoil was fine graded to prep for the fence and plantings.

Wooded Retreat installed in Lancaster, PA

Wooded Retreat installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone Steps and Walkway with Landscape Lighting in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone Steps and Walkway with Landscape Lighting in Lancaster, PA


 
Tree work including tree trimming and tree removal throughout the site was done by Arborist Enterprises.

Wooded Retreat installed in Lancaster, PA

Wooded Retreat installed in Lancaster, PA

Boulder Retaining Wall and Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

Boulder Retaining Wall and Flagstone Patio installed in Lancaster, PA

 
This luxurious portion of this project included a complete landscape design featuring Trees and shrub installation with all disturbed ground covered with natural wood chips. Natural stone steps along driveway were installed using local gray/earth tone treads. The patio surface was installed using natural irregular flagstone, natural stone treads for steps, and PA Limestone boulders to retain grade around patio. The fire pit consisted of a natural stacked stone ring and ‘Zentro’ Smokeless Fire Pit insert. Natural stone paths were installed using natural large irregular flagstone slabs. All landscape lighting installed was Kichler LED light fixtures.

Natural Stone Outdoor Living area installed in Lancaster, PA

Natural Stone Outdoor Living area installed in Lancaster, PA

Outdoor Adventures

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Who’s ready for some Outdoor Adventures???? Summer is FINALLY here even though it rains every single day here in Lancaster County :(. No need to fret though, because when the sun is shining this backyard will be full of life. I mean what more could you possibly ask for?

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

This AMAZING outdoor living space in Quarryville, PA was just recently completed. The project included the installation of paver pool decking, boulder retaining walls, irregular natural stone steps, and hidden sliding board mound. surrounding the pool and paver patio we installed new plantings, mulch beds, decorative river gravel beds, flagstone walkways, landscape lighting, fine grading, seeding, and erosion control to dress up all the disturbed areas. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to take a trip down that sliding board…………..

Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County

Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

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Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County

Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County

Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County

Outdoor Adventures in Lancaster County

 Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA

Poolside Patio Area in Quarryville, PA