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December 2021 Contractor of the Month is: Lowenoak Landscape Development

Lowenoak Landscape Development is not your average landscaping company. We specialize in custom designed luxury landscaping and installation services. We focus on the design and development of outdoor living spaces that are unique to each of our clients. Each project is carefully designed and constructed specifically for your outdoor living space and we manage each project from start to finish ensuring every detail is perfectly crafted and delivered on time.

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Tell Us About Yourself & Your Company

For over 30 years, we have worked hard to create a reputation for quality, creativity, and workmanship all with a tilt toward the unique. It is our custom designs that separate any other landscape from a Lowenoak landscape. Lowenoak uses the latest and most powerful design software on the market today in order to create landscape and hardscape plans, construction (along with “use of space”) drawings, presentations and 3D virtual walk-through capabilities. Our creative designs and tools allow our clients and installation crews to see the finished product long before the construction process even begins. The realistic and accurate product produced in our office for our clients is absolutely astounding.

The Interview

  • How did you get into the landscape lighting business?

    Starting out 35 years ago, what we used then was completely different from what’s available to us these days. I always felt the desire to accentuate everything I designed and built, so clients could see it at night. Back then, we were using line voltage fixtures and rope lighting.

  • What percentage of your business is landscape lighting/what other services do you provide (i.e.: landscaping, irrigation, electrical…)?

    We are first and foremost a design company, designing for many different companies as well as a design/build firm, so we specify lighting in almost every project we design. Our 3D software program allows us to show the client a true representation of the dramatic effects lighting can have. We tend to suggest a budget of 10-15% of the overall project to clients we install for, which includes about 99.9% of our clients. We teach them the value of it!

  • How long have you been installing landscape lighting?

    35+ years

  • What AMP products do you prefer to use? Which fixtures are your favorite?

    Because our work consists of so many different hardscape and landscape elements, including water features and architecture, we spec a vast array of products based on certain project elements. Path lighting favorites include the Wide NovellePro and the MagnumPro. Other favorites include the DescentPro, PinnaclePro, G2 ControlPro, and BulletPro.

  • What tips or tricks have you learned that have benefited your work from a design/installation perspective?

    “Less is more” does not apply! When a client sets us free to “light it up”, we do it — and magic happens! Recent larger projects easily include 80-100 fixtures.

  • Tell me about your sales process. How do you find your customers? What is your sales process? Do you use sales tools such as a free demo…

    As a design company, our clients find us via word of mouth and social media. We believe all projects have to be designed before they’re “built,” and our clients see the value in what we do in allowing them to “see” their spaces — both in daytime’s sunlight and evening’s landscape light — on our screens before we even break ground. They trust us as designers and general contractors — and they always love the results!

  • Where do you find inspiration for your lighting designs?

    Initially, understanding the effect of light from different angles inspires how we light different elements… It comes down to imagination more than anything, and the ability to envision it. But certainly seeing other professionals’ good work doesn’t hurt either. When we’re through learning, we’re through!

  • What do you feel is the most personally rewarding part of installing a lighting system for a client?

    Seeing the entire project completed, as designed, at night, makes a project truly come to life. Seeing our vision become a reality — 24 hours a day — is amazing!

  • Tell us a little bit about you personally: What do you like to do outside of work? What are your hobbies?

    Creative minds have to create, so I never really “clock out” as a designer. If it’s not someone else’s project, my wife and I are working on our own home. I also enjoy traveling in this season of my life, which is also a source of inspiration. I tend to come home with at least two or three photos that I’ll integrate into a future design somehow!

AMP® Lighting appreciates the Professionals that make us who we are and why we strive, daily, to fulfill our vision statement. Our outstanding AMP® Pros deserve to be recognized for their exceptional landscape lighting work and to highlight some of our AMP® MVPs (most valuable professionals)!

Interested in being featured as an AMP® Contractor of the Month?

Contact Zach Evensen at: zache@amplighting.com

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