Charlotte landscaper on Panthers' stadium project spots outdoor design trends
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As fans poured into Bank of America Stadium for the Carolina Panthers' Fanfest last week, Stacey Longshore, a landscape designer, and her colleagues at Outdoor Images Management took pride in their part in the facility’s widely anticipated renovation.
The new grass and landscaping around the entrances are the handiwork of this highly rated Charlotte landscaping company.
It was tricky to finish in time for the July 25 fan event, Longshore says, because of sequencing and scheduling with other contractors on site. She and her co-workers put out small "please stay off" the grass signs in sensitive areas. The new grass will get a workout again when the Panthers host their first exhibition game against the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 8.
It’s nice to be part of something so "Charlotte,” says David Henderson, a native of the city who founded the landscaping design company in 2002.
The good news is you don't have to own an NFL franchise or earn the salary of a football star to take advantage of Outdoor Image Management's high-quality work.
While thousands of fans trod on their sod at the uptown stadium, the vast majority of the landscaping company's projects are lower profile, yet equally important.
Nearly 90 percent of their customers are homeowners in the region. Their projects range from front walkways to back decks, with lighting, irrigation, hardscape and water features. Costs run from $2,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope, but most fall between $10,000 and $45,000.
“I really enjoy working with clients on what they imagine for their home,” Longshore says. “There’s no one solution for a certain space. You really have the opportunity to reflect personality and creativity.”
Three home landscaping trends
If you're considering something new for your own green space, Longshore says, these ideas have been popular lately at homes throughout the Charlotte region:
- Outdoor lighting — Longshore says people are moving toward LED lighting, because it is low maintenance and has become less expensive. “It really helps set the mood for any space,” she says.
- Mediterranean staircase — This, she says, is a way of navigating a hillside, using large (3-4 feet in diameter) slabs of rock. “It’s a very natural way to work with a grade transition.”
- Water features — People are incorporating fountains, waterfalls, ponds and other features to enhance their landscape. It helps that Outdoor Images Management is a Certified Aquascape Contractor and uses environmentally friendly services such as water reclamation and other strategies.