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Category: Outdoor Lighting Minneapolis MN

Know Where Value Lives In Hardscaping and Landscaping  

  Did you know that the landscape industry term hardscaping did not even exist until the early 90s, at least here in the United States? Back then, landscaping was mostly ornamental plantings. The most common hardscaping enhancements for homeowners were wooden decks because brick and stone supplies were limited, as well as the technical expertise for working with them. Since that time, our industry has seen an explosion of hardscape products that are easier to install. Now that material supplies are abundant, well-intentioned contractors and handy homeowners to take on hardscaping work that was previously the domain of experienced tradespeople,

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Seasonal Holiday Decorating Ideas for Elegant Displays

In the classic holiday film, Bing Crosby dreamed of a white Christmas. Had he lived in Minnesota, one could be certain that dream would be realized. White Christmases are a part of life in the Midwest. Glistening blankets of ivory snow covering streets and sidewalks, trees and bushes, businesses and homes … it’s what we know. Now imagine using your decorating flair to take that further. At Architectural Landscape Design, we celebrate the holidays with a mixture of modern outdoor lighting and traditional festive decor that creates a classic look for your home, one full of grace and elegance, but

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Landscape Lighting Techniques Professionals Use to Elevate The Night

Photographers, filmmakers, and landscape designers know that achieving the right lighting effect is as much art as it is science. Science explains why photographers will avoid midday shoots when light intensity is high. The light is harsh There are no shadows Colors are washed out There’s too much reflection There can be blind spots The art of landscape lighting is creating interesting shadows, a sense of pause or motion, or providing visual cues that safely lead people to their destination.  The art of working with light is akin to working with musical notes and the spaces between them. Without those

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How to Choose a Landscaping Company

  Many homeowners turn to a professional landscaper due to a lack of time, energy, or design skills. Choosing to hire a landscaping company can be intimidating and time-consuming as it’s essential to do thorough research on all candidates to ensure they can efficiently complete your project. Improve your property value and create the home of your dreams by getting professional help with all your landscaping needs. Identify the Amount of Landscaping Needed Before contacting a full-service landscaping company, it’s encouraged to consider how you plan to utilize your space and establish the desired functionality of your outdoor space. This

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This Is How To Have An Outdoor Happy Place

What would it take to have your outdoor living space become your outdoor happy place? You have to make some choices. You start to consider what to add to it and what to take out. This quickly leads to thoughts about getting a new design. What just a minute. Is that the best first step? The answer to that question is yes and no. It all depends on your definition of landscape design. Our process at Architectural Landscape Design, Inc begins with communication and planning. Here’s the short version of how it works. We imagine an aspiring novelist beginning her

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17 Nighttime Landscape Design Tips That Will Make Evenings To Remember

Working homeowners value great landscapes but seldom have sufficient free time to enjoy everything their outdoor living space has to offer. There is a solution to this dilemma and that is tailoring your landscape design to meet your busy schedule. Evenings are a quieter, more peaceful time when the day’s responsibilities are behind us. It’s a perfect time to relax and get almost everything from your landscaping investment, provided you make it a priority to design for it. One of the secrets to nighttime landscape experiences is being aware of the possibilities. That awareness alone will inform decisions that are

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