The Coast of Wilmington, North Carolina
This residential project sits on several acres of island paradise along the Intracoastal in Wilmington, North Carolina. Heather Burkert of H. Burkert and Company whose resume includes designs for high-end residential, commercial and community projects throughout the Carolinas, called George Hartner, lead lighting designer at Outdoor Illumination of the Carolinas. Hartner loves life along the Carolina Coast. Whether he is surfing the waves at his favorite break, out on his boat to catch a sunset, or designing a lighting project at one of the beautiful waterfront homes along the Intracoastal Waterway, he finds inspiration in the sea and salty air of coastal Carolina.
Outdoor Illumination of the Carolinas was founded by Hartner and his wife, Jane Cockrell in 2005 and they have designed lighting for some of the most exclusive homes along the coasts of North and South Carolina, including the beautiful coastal towns of Wilmington, Southport, and Beaufort.
"When Heather first invited me to meet with the clients, there was a completely different house on the property," Hartner said. "I started to develop a lighting plan, but things changed when the decision was made to knock down the existing house and start over."
Fortunately, the existing landscape consisting of maritime oaks, sabal palms and beach grasses remained. The new home would be built to live in harmony with the beautiful coastal setting which already included a boat house, dock, and private boat ramp. Designed by architects Charles Boney and Dean Webb of the award-winning architecture firm, LS3P, the new home took full advantage of the water views and included a new entry sequence that would bring guests "to and through the home which would reveal the breathtaking water views waiting out back," said Boney, LS3P principal.
After the new home was designed, and a multi-phase landscape plan developed, it was time to consider the nighttime setting and what role lighting would play. For Outdoor Illumination, H. Burkert, and the team, the task was no small order: develop a world-class lighting design that was worthy of the beautiful coastal setting, incorporate the new landscape and hardscape design elements, and consider features of the new home itself including elevated gardens, an entrance bridge over a koi pond, a backyard pool area, and large, built-in planters throughout the grounds.
As seen in LASN magazine, April 2021.