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Article posted: 5/19/2013 6:00 AM

Outdoor makeover Week 3: Sliding door to nowhere

LED lighting gives the homeowner a safe way to enjoy the backyard at night.

LED lighting gives the homeowner a safe way to enjoy the backyard at night.

 
After a remodel, the sliding glass door opened into ... nothing. The homeowner put an old kitchen cabinet down for a makeshift step.

After a remodel, the sliding glass door opened into ... nothing. The homeowner put an old kitchen cabinet down for a makeshift step.

 
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By Nancy Chapman of Addison

We recently had our kitchen remodeled and had a sliding-glass door installed. Now we have to step down onto an old kitchen cabinet to get outside. We have an old fireplace which is a bit rusty and has seen better days. We enjoy cooking out on the charcoal grill even through the winter. A little flower garden sits up against the house under the kitchen window. To win a backyard makeover would be a dream come true. Our outside living space would become an entertaining area, where we could have our friends and family over for dinner all the time. (Well, maybe.) Or my husband and I could just sit outside on the deck and relax.

Transformation by NorthWest Lighting and Accents

Budget: $5,000+ (Lighting products only)

From the experts:

With a newly remodeled kitchen, this family needed an area off the kitchen to entertain friends and relax. We created a sleek deck that serves as an outdoor living area, complete with lounge seating, grill station and beautiful lighting. All lighting is LED, which saves energy and lasts a very long time with little to no maintenance.

We suspect this family will end up loving their gorgeous backyard just as much as their new kitchen!

A. LED step lights in deck to provide safe illumination of steps at night.

B) Waterproof outdoor LED tape light installed underneath seating areas for ambient lighting.

and to provide an additional dimension of lighting which adds visual interest to the outdoor entertaining area.

C) Changed the post light to an updated style of post head.

D) Added two outdoor coach lights on each side of the house entry to help provide general lighting for the deck and grill station. An opaque glass is used so that energy efficient long life LED bulbs can be used.

E) If major landscaping needs to be done anyway to create an outdoor living space, that is a great time to switch from an overhead electrical service to an underground service. No more unsightly power lines!

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