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Patio and Hardscape


Patios and hardscapes are all the rage here in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area. The main reason for their popularity is the way they complement the architecture of many West Central Florida home styles. Hardscapes are also an easy match for many of the materials that are used on the homes, these include stone, brick, stucco and slate and tile roofing. Just think of the masonry waterfront homes in Venetian Isles, Broadwater and Yacht Club Estates, for example. Patios are also a more natural companion to the abundance of pools and coastal outdoor living spaces throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough County.

A patio is typically an outdoor space built using pavers, brick, stone or concrete. It’s used for relaxing, recreation or dining. Patios are also often used as pool surrounds or transition areas within the landscape. In the Spanish and Mediterranean style homes which are abundant in our area, a patio may also serve as an interior courtyard. Many masonry homes in the St. Petersburg area have patios as a singular outdoor living space or as part of an outdoor living environment which may include a lanai or veranda.

Patio with lighting

With this in mind, it is only natural that homeowners wish to take advantage of the benefits their patio or hardscape has to offer into the evening. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay is able to extend the time you can enjoy your patio and/or hardscape through outdoor lighting. The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area architectural style is unique and landscaping is distinctive. That’s why your outdoor lighting has to be as exceptional as your home and outdoor living spaces.

There are a number of ways we can add lighting to your hardscape. We can custom design an outdoor lighting application within the surround and landscaped areas of your patio that provides illumination to aid in functionality, ambiance and safety.

We can also install lighting directly into the patio or hardscape structure itself through what is referred to as core drilling.

Since Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay has a core driller, we are able to easily access the concrete and hardscape and from there we can drill out the areas where we need to install lighting. Having crucial machinery on hand makes many of the elemental details of our hardscape lighting projects possible. Other lighting companies would have had to outsource a costly core driller for this important detail or sacrifice aesthetic through second-choice placement. You can read more about core drilling for patio and hardscape lighting installation in our blog story Core Drilling Results in a Seamless, Cohesive Outdoor Lighting Design for Your Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Home.

Embedded light fixture

Permanent festival overhead lighting is another way to enliven your hardscape outdoor living spaces. Whether this decorative outdoor lighting technique is used in conjunction with inset hardscape lighting or landscape surround lighting, it serves as an effective and beautiful way to increase illumination and mood.

Keep in mind all festival lighting is not created equal and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay only uses commercial-grade lighting projects in our installation. We also use cable to support the weight of the electrical wiring when we install permanent festival lighting over an area with a large span; this ensures the safety and the integrity of the system.

Cafe string lighting

Planning is the best way to ensure the success of your anticipated outdoor lighting design. This is especially the case with working with hardscapes and masonry. We can work in tandem with your outdoor lighting architect, designer or builder in regards to any upcoming addition or a new build in order to take advantage of the construction phase. Being proactive early can save you money and hassle later when it comes time to determine where power and fixtures need to be if you plan in advance.

Even if you don’t plan on adding outdoor lighting to your new patio right away, we can install sleeves before your hardscape is poured or built. Sleeves allow wiring to easily be passed through at any time instead of having to dig under existing hardscape like concrete. This proactive approach minimizes on mess and causes less disruption of the landscape. It also helps in case you have an issue with wiring later on as it can be quickly serviced or replaced through the same sleeve.

Of course, we are always happy to work around your existing outdoor structures and landscaping. We will come in and evaluate your property and work around existing structures wherever possible–so don’t fret if you forgot to include landscape lighting in your initial plans.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Clearwater & Tampa Bay today to learn more about the attention to detail we pour into all our outdoor lighting designs. We don’t overlook the details when it comes to providing you with the highest-quality outdoor lighting installation. You can reach us at (727) 513-3420.

Here are some examples of patio and hardscape outdoor lighting installations we’ve completed for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area customers:

Fire pit with lighting

Pool & Deck with lighting

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