Burr Ridge Residence
Project Spotlight: A Team Approach
Night Light, Inc. was privileged to be part of the
landscape illumination team for this Burr Ridge home
and property. Our involvement included discovery meetings
with the owners to determine their specific landscape
illumination needs. Dean MacMorris, co-owner of Night
Light, Inc., was the designer and project manager and
met directly with the homeowners, builder Dennis
DeLaura and Landscape Architect Mike Trippiedi to
establish the direction for the extensive landscape
Coordination with the interior electricians was necessary
to ensure that the required circuits were available for site
lighting, landscape lighting and controlled holiday lighting
outlets throughout the property. Itís much easier and cost
effective to do this work upfront before the interior walls of the home are closed up. Once all of the specific needs were
determined, we were able to develop landscape illumination plans to match those needs. Due to the many different issues and
areas to be considered, the illumination plan and the initial budgets were presented in phases.
As you approach the property (in a secluded area of Burr Ridge), you enter through beautiful stone piers and ornamental gates.
We accentuated this stone work and entry landscape to create a subtle and inviting experience. The long driveway winds
through a transitional space, well planted with ornamental trees and shade trees. Our design focused on accenting only the
most prominent trees visible in the evening. This approach allows for illumination to complement the landscape (as opposed to
distracting the owner or guests).
At the motor courtís circle drive, we subtly highlighted the clump birch trees in such a way as to create a welcoming feel. The
careful selection of trees to illuminate also provides guests with the necessary light to exit their cars and make their way to the
front entry bluestone walk. Several accent lights were added to the darker areas of the facade to provide balance and bring
everything together. The home itself is nestled into the site with well-placed clump ornamental trees. Subtle accents on these
trees help to maintain the landscape architectís original intent into the evening hours.
The rear yard has fabulous illumination design opportunities because of the varied
grade changes, extensive natural stone work, a large vanishing-edge swimming
pool with rock waterfalls and several multilevel patios. Each of these
features was accentuated with carefully placed accent lights that present
these beautiful elements without a glaring view of the light source.
The patios were softly lit for nighttime enjoyment. Large stone
steps lead from the upper patios through raised planters down
into a lower patio surrounded by lush plantings. As the steps
meander through the planters, strategically placed path
lights and accent lights illuminate the key shade and
ornamental trees. The view from above and as you
gaze from inside the house is spectacular.
The placement of each of the fixtures
was chosen to offer safety and security,
but also a breathtaking experience
each and every night.
Night light, Inc. is lucky to have such
a wonderful client and a team of
professionals who were all dedicated
to creating the best solution possible.