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

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This photo has 22 questions
sunshinehouse wrote:January 27, 2015
  • 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.


mhooper304 wrote:September 15, 2012
vagalatis wrote:August 23, 2013
NK STUDIO wrote:November 8, 2015
Monica C wrote:September 14, 2012
london727 wrote:February 28, 2014
mick3120 wrote:September 24, 2012
creative designs and building solutions wrote:June 27, 2016
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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:

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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

mollyover wrote:March 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.

Brenda Jobe wrote:December 21, 2014
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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!
nickstavlic wrote:September 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! Thanks!
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    Colorado bluff sandstone
MrsD wrote:August 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"
Connie Staley wrote:January 20, 2013
da_imej wrote:July 16, 2019
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    186 Lighting Design Group - Gregg Mackell

    I believe these are Aspen trees and R Design is the landscape architecture firm, they could answer your question about the purpose of the plantings. Thx.

Toni Steiner wrote:September 16, 2018
pameladi1113 wrote:October 26, 2014
fjb1979 wrote:June 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!

bsurian wrote:November 24, 2013
Michelle Joaquin wrote:October 6, 2012
Danette wrote:September 17, 2012
Keller Williams Pacific Estates wrote:June 17, 2019

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Lauren Dunec Design added this to Houzz Pros Share What’s New in Outdoor Lighting DesignJune 12, 2019

    As you peruse these ideas, keep in mind that less is generally more when it comes to exterior lighting. This is for environmental as well as design reasons, as it reduces light pollution and is friendlier to nocturnal wildlife.Linear Lighting“There’s a trend toward the more extensive integration of lighting with modern hardscape elements,” says Gregg Mackell, principal lighting designer at 186 Lighting Design Group.Sleek, minimalist linear step lighting illuminates a path while keeping light fixtures hidden from view. It also enables you to more easily highlight an architectural feature, such as stairs or a freestanding wall. Mackell designed the stair lights for the home in Boulder, Colorado, seen here, installing a linear outdoor-rated light-emitting diode (LED) light channel under the cap of each step. “The light channels are aluminum, with an acrylic lens pointing downwards,” Mackell says. “Inside the light channel is a wet-location-listed tape light. There are a number of manufacturers who make this kind of light, which can be factory-cut or field-cut to an exact length.”

    David K Warfel at added this to How to Light the Front of Your HouseJuly 30, 2018

    For even better illumination, linear LED strip lights under stair treads push light down onto the steps and keep the focus in the right place.

    Annie Thornton added this to 3 Ways to Light the Garden With LessNovember 9, 2016

    3. Be MinimalA minimal lighting setup is perhaps the best option for using less energy overall. There’s really no need to constantly light your whole garden on a nightly basis. A minimal setup can use any type of bulb. The key is to strategically light only what’s necessary.Pros: A minimal setup requires less energy and less stuff. You will have fewer fixtures to buy and maintain, which ends up saving you money. Minimal lighting is also better for nocturnal animals and migrating birds.Cons: It’s tough to have a minimal setup that can also accommodate a big backyard party or show off your holiday display. For those instances, select temporary lights that can provide the illumination you need for short periods.Cost: Reducing your overall lighting needs will also reduce your overall costs, both for initial purchases and electricity bills over time.Maintenance: A minimal setup on low voltage is one of the easiest to maintain because there are fewer fixtures and bulbs to replace over time. A low-voltage setup does rely on wires buried within your garden. If a wire is cut or snagged, it will have to be rewired.Sustainability: A minimal setup is the most sustainable when used in combination with LED fixtures, solar fixtures or both.

    John Hill added this to Steps and Stairs Elevate Modern Exterior EntrywaysSeptember 23, 2012

    This house's steps also are informal, zigging and zagging up the front door. But the lights tucked in the gap between the floating steps are what capture the attention and guide one's movement.

    Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to The 3 Top Ways to Light Up Your LandscapeSeptember 4, 2012

    These step lights make the steps appear to float ... ahhhhh.

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    rosiebruntz added this to Haystacker EXTERIOR3 days ago

    light under step if we have one

    Odalys B added this to Front Of House4 days ago

    Walkway for entrance. Attach with the driveway.

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