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Backyard makover Week 4: Unfinished backyard

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  • The cutting, trimming and removing of overgrowth is done. Now this family is ready to transform their backyard into an entertainment hotspot.

      The cutting, trimming and removing of overgrowth is done. Now this family is ready to transform their backyard into an entertainment hotspot.

  • Northwest Lighting and Accents suggests strategically placed LED lighting, along with landscape elements including a paved patio.

      Northwest Lighting and Accents suggests strategically placed LED lighting, along with landscape elements including a paved patio.

 
By Lori Gayhart of Buffalo Grove

If you would have told me last year I would be a homeowner, I would have laughed. I am a single mother of two girls and am very proud of my accomplishment. Unfortunately, with owning a home comes unexpected costs. My family enjoys being outside and entertaining. We started the process of trimming bushes, removing overgrowth, but I am interested in completing a yard to reflect the entertaining I would love to do with a relaxing area that I can sit and unwind after a long week. Being a single mother, I will have to complete in bits and pieces as I do not have the funds to complete. As you can see from the picture, there is no fence and the vacant house directly in back of us is a total eyesore. I have an unfinished area that I just filled with woodchips. Please consider creating an area for my girls to play and for me to relax. Thanks for your consideration!

What the experts at Northwest Lighting and Accents/Northwest Electrical Supply recommend, with a budget of more than $15,000:

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Going from ordinary to extraordinary, key elements helped transform this backyard into charming space for relaxing, dining, entertaining, and play.

Utilizing strategic placement of LED landscape lighting and landscape elements, the client can now enjoy her own outdoor sanctuary without the distraction of neighboring yards.

A) LED Uplighting to illuminate landscaping at lot line.

B) Ambient LED lighting surrounds a paved patio with table and chairs to create a charming outdoor dining environment.

C) Accent Lighting on Trellis and landscaping along side of garage.

D) Illuminated hanging plant light adds interest at eye level.

E) Decorative fence with LED lighting.

F) Fun path accent light transforms the outdoor sculpture into an interesting focal point.

G) LED path lights illuminate new paver pathway that winds through yard accented with perennials.

H) LED hardscape lighting underneath caps on stone wall.

I) Illuminated with motion activated lights, the center of the yard was left open for use as a play area for the children.

J) Lounge furniture surrounded by ambient lighting on patio creates a relaxing sanctuary.

*Northwest Lighting and Accents only supplies lighting, furniture, accents and design services.

Beginning May 6, through June 3, the Daily Herald is publishing finalists in our Get Your Summer On backyard makeover contest. Two winners will be chosen and they will receive prize packages valued at about $15,000. Winners will be featured in Home & Garden on June 10. To see more backyard makeover ideas, special Web page at www.dailyherald.com/entlife/homegarden/summer.

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