An important aspect to any landscape is to enjoy its beauty in the evening — and that’s where you need proper lighting. Pete Cure talks with Alex Babb from Grand Materials & Supply regarding different lighting options for the historic home remodel. He wants to install driveway lights, pathway lights, and up lights throughout the property. Pete shows you which lights are best for what purpose – add low key lights to pathways; use large hat lights to illuminate driveways; and use spotlights to light up saguaros and other trees.
Quick Tip: When lighting your property, first set up your spotlights for trees and plants that you want to highlight; then come back and place your path lights – to illuminate darker spaces.
You have an option to use LED bulbs, which consists of different beam spreads and different wattages (just like halogen). LEDs use a very small transformer and some even come with a 15yr warranty. The beauty of LEDs is that there’s practically no maintenance and no need to replace bulbs – if there’s something wrong with the LEDs you buy at Grand Materials & Supply, you can bring them back and exchange them for new ones – no questions asked.
Quick Tip: With low voltage lighting such as LEDs, be sure to use good waterproof connecters to plug in your lights
Watch how Pete turns an ordinary backyard to a great entertaining area for the whole family. He puts a proper irrigation system around the lawn; adds stepping stones and plants to give the backyard some color. The main attraction is a stainless steel barbecue and bar that Pete builds out of masonry and recycled tiles. Now the homeowners can have a party in the backyard, but don’t forget to invite us. The lawn can accommodate large number of people and gatherings with several tables and chairs. We’ll have plenty of room for everybody – even your friends.
See how Pete turns an unused acre of desert by the property into a magical botanical garden. There were overgrown plants and dangerous cacti for passerbyers. Pete makes new pathways that branch off and lead you to seating areas and little hideaways. Pete uses loose rocks around the property to frame the walkways; he builds a wildlife water feature; and the final touch is the lighting to accent the new built path and beautiful plants. The property has undergone a major transformation and now the family has an additional space to use and enjoy.
Grand Materials & Supply, Inc. is a wholesale distributor of landscaping products and construction materials. It sells a wide range of products such as irrigation parts, outdoor lighting, pavers, masonry supplies, cement products, flagstone, travertine, boulders, decorative rock, soil, mulch and all aggregates for outdoors projects, small or large, residential or commercial such as parking lots, roads, pipe lines flood control etc.
The company’s main office, showroom and materials yard is located in Surprise, Arizona, with satellite showrooms and materials yards in Scottsdale, Mesa and Chandler, Arizona. Grand Materials and Supply, Inc. operates a large fleet of dump trucks and flatbed trucks which are used to deliver customer orders to job sites.