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Inspiration for a contemporary two-story exterior home remodel in Denver

Boulder ContemporaryContemporary Exterior, Denver

In order to meld with the clean lines of this contemporary Boulder residence, lights were detailed such that they float each step at night. This hidden lighting detail was the perfect complement to the cascading hardscape. Architect: Mosaic Architects, Boulder Colorado Landscape Architect: R Design, Denver Colorado Photographer: Jim Bartsch Photography Key Words: Lights under stairs, step lights, lights under treads, stair lighting, exterior stair lighting, exterior stairs, outdoor stairs outdoor stair lighting, landscape stair lighting, landscape step lighting, outdoor step lighting, LED step lighting, LED stair Lighting, hardscape lighting, outdoor lighting, exterior lighting, lighting designer, lighting design, contemporary exterior, modern exterior, contemporary exterior lighting, exterior modern, modern exterior lighting, modern exteriors, contemporary exteriors, modern lighting, modern lighting, modern lighting design, modern lighting, modern design, modern lighting design, modern design

Inspiration for a contemporary two-story exterior home remodel in Denver —  Houzz

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Monica C wrote:Sep 14, 2012
Are the window frames PVC?

mhooper304 wrote:Sep 15, 2012
DIY details PLEASE! How were the step lights made? They are truly spectacular!

Danette wrote:Sep 17, 2012
What type or name is the stone?

mick3120 wrote:Sep 24, 2012
beautiful landscape and lighting, what kind of birch trees?

Michelle Joaquin wrote:Oct 6, 2012
What is the lot size of this area?

Connie Staley wrote:Jan 20, 2013
What is the stain color on the door and what type of wood is it?

vagalatis wrote:Aug 23, 2013
What material are the fascia's made of? Wood or metal?

bsurian wrote:Nov 24, 2013
what color are the windows?

london727 wrote:Feb 28, 2014
fjb1979 wrote:Jun 9, 2014
Hello!! I am writing all the way from Australia! We are looking to rep

fjb1979 wrote:Jun 9, 2014
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    186 Lighting Design Group - Gregg Mackell
    I was the lighting designer for this project. Ransom Beegles of R Design worked with Mosaic Architects to design this entry. I'm guessing that they probably won't just send you a copy since they spent a couple of years working on it, but below is R design's Houzz page. Feel free to ask them directly or possibly for a consulting fee, they could be your landscape architect and design the perfect entry for your home. They're really great to work with.


    Good Luck!

MrsD wrote:Aug 27, 2014
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    186 Lighting Design Group - Gregg Mackell
    The lighting we used under the stairs is from Paradigm LED. I'm familiar with Kichler as a company but do not have experience with their products in landscape lighting. If you have any questions about whether or not it will work, I would recommend mocking it up. If you like the way it turns out, just make sure you get a good warranty in case you have any issues with the product.

    Good Luck!

  • allan95762
    You should absolutely leverage your landscape lights if you have them. Its way easier and cheaper than to use the standard 120V transformer. Your landscape transformer outputs 12V AC. You need 12V DC for the LED. I recommend you get one of these to get the conversion done. It is a very small device so makes it easier to hide. You can get it from Amazon. "72W Outdoor Waterproof Low Voltage Landscape LED Power Supply Converter/Rectifier, Input 12V AC to Output 12V DC"
nickstavlic wrote:Sep 21, 2014
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    Mosaic Architects Boulder
    This is a natural stone, Colorado Buff Sandstone. You could find it from plenty of local stone sources such as Gallegos! www.gallegoscorp.com/ Thanks!
  • Cindy Swensen
    Colorado bluff sandstone
pameladi1113 wrote:Oct 26, 2014
Brenda Jobe wrote:Dec 21, 2014
What is the name of the tree?

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    186 Lighting Design Group - Gregg Mackell
    Those are Aspen trees. We have a lot of them here in Colorado. Take Care.

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    Mosaic Architects Boulder
    These are Aspen trees, they grow fast & are small to medium-sized tree that won't overwhelm smaller yards. They grow in colonies with a shared root system, a colony can live for a very long time. Aspens like lots of sunlight, are very prevalent in Colorado & the leaves turn the most beautiful golden color in the fall months! Thank you for your question!
sunshinehouse wrote:Jan 27, 2015
Extraordinary lighting design! How did you install them? Thank you!

  • Scott Markham

    Who is the manufacture of the strip lighting and where can i buy it?

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    186 Lighting Design Group - Gregg Mackell

    Sorry for the delayed response. Look through the thread above and you will find your answer. Thx.


mollyover wrote:Mar 29, 2015
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    186 Lighting Design Group - Gregg Mackell
    The landscape architect was R Design. You can find them on Houzz. Either Ransom or Ryan could probably help you out. Good luck!
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    Mosaic Architects Boulder

    Thanks for your interest! These were concrete pavestones were formed & poured on-site.

NK STUDIO wrote:Nov 8, 2015
creative designs and building solutions wrote:Jun 27, 2016
Is this house a stock plan? Where could I see the floor plan?

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    186 Lighting Design Group - Gregg Mackell

    This was a custom home designed by Mosaic architects in Boulder, CO. The can be found here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/mosaicarchitects/mosaic-architects-boulder

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    Mosaic Architects Boulder

    While we appreciate your interest, regrettably it is not in Mosaic Architect’s best interest to share such intellectual property. All our designs and related materials contain proprietary information and ideas that constitute the original works of Mosaic Architects. Our custom designs are intended solely for our private clients. Please keep in mind that we are always happy to provide answers to specific questions.

    Emily Parker, on behalf of Mosaic Architects + Interiors

Toni Steiner wrote:Sep 16, 2018
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