Reasons to Hire a Small Custom Landscape Lighting Design/Build Specialist for Unique Results in Los Angeles

Reasons to Hire a Small Custom Landscape Lighting Design/Build Specialist for Unique Results in Los Angeles

By Mike Gambino

When it comes to companies that create custom, beautiful landscape lighting designs and build them, bigger is not always better. Salespeople of large and small non specialized landscape lighting companies alike are not generally versed in landscape lighting architectural strategies and principles, so that a outdoor lighting scheme becomes one with the home. Even their “custom from scratch” solutions can be forced and disjointed, out of sync with the space if they aren’t sensitive to the subtleties needed to blend, transition, and integrate. The unenlightened proceed with the idea that lighting is an add-on to another project, perhaps a pool build, patio, new landscaping or other related outdoor project.

Achieving understated elegance and refinement requires editing, streamlining, and simplifying, in order to create art with stunning impact that all respond to at a visceral level. Doing so requires a thought process that is counterintuitive to the masses and the general designer/builders that supply them.

“Aren’t those large ‘production-oriented contracting companies’ usually the best, like a well oiled machine? I mean, how else would they have gotten where they are?”
Bigger contracting companies usually don’t get big the same way other companies do, that is by slowly building their business over time. Most high production contracting companies work with tract and semi-custom homebuilders, and they punch out scores of cookie cutter end products in an assembly-line style. In fact, at most companies (especially the bigger ones), supervision of projects by the salesperson/designer is referred to as “meddling,” because if they aren’t selling the next job, they are taking away from profits.

Just because a company offers “custom design services” doesn’t mean that they have the finesse to deliver what is appropriate for your project. The design that will truly give you what you want can be elusive to the sensibilities of most. If you want something that looks exactly like what everyone else in a cookie cutter subdivision has, then you want the big company. If you want to help a contracting company salesman sell more and make his monthly numbers, then you want the big company. Or, if you think more is better, and you’re willing to give cart blanche to a salesperson, then you want the big company.

But if you want your lighting to enhance the beauty of your home, seamlessly become part of the landscape, and look like the kind of place you’d want to go on vacation, you want a true custom landscape lighting design specialist who can offer you unique landscape lighting design, before speaking to the contractor who will want to rush out and build something immediately or as an adjunct or after thought to a larger primary project.

Here are the most important benefits of working with a smaller, custom pool designer in Los Angeles:

  • Supervision- they participate in both design and construction equally
  • True Design – design that is according to artistic principles and architecturally mindful
  • Personal Service – they are available to comfort you, discussing and explaining their strategies to you, guiding you through a process that you are likely unfamiliar with.
  • Same protection that big companies offer (manufacturer warranty)

Smaller companies that celebrate and encourage a designer builder approach are the only way to get the ultimate in unique landscape lighting design. They make sure the designer is in constant contact with the builder. Both the designer and the builder are thoroughly familiar with the design and construction plans and both of them will spend hours supervising your project.

A well-run, smaller company built on sound business principles makes sure the job is done right from the beginning by careful planning and direct supervision. One such company that specializes in custom landscape lighting design is Gambino landscape Lighting. Gambino’s Designs are known for producing quality work that transforms outdoor living spaces into works of art.

This landscape lighting blog is published by Mike Gambino of Gambino landscape lighting inc. all rights reserved. Mike is a professional landscape lighting system designer/ builder and has been designing, installing and maintaining landscape lighting systems for more than 29 years. Mike resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 2 sons. To visit his website go to . To inquire about hiring Mike please click here .

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  • Stephen Hobbs
    Posted at 13:37h, 16 August Reply

    I love what you wrote! Ive been very frustrated with people’s “you are way higher than so and so” I personally stand behind my work and treat every home like it was my own. Hats off to you Sir, for the blog. It’s very inspiring for me as a new small Landscape Lighting business owner.

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