The Builder and the Irrigation Contractor Working Together
University Sprinklers prides itself on the quick and efficient service we provide to residential builders. From well-priced simple lighting or irrigation systems for spec homes, to elaborate, extensive systems tailored to the specific watering needs specified by a Landscape Architect's custom designs, we can meet your needs. We also work well with homeowners who are acting as their own general contractor. Every day we meet a new fellow outside contractor, and therefore appreciate the demands faced by all outside subtrades, including landscapers, paving stone contractors, concrete placers, electricians, and site grading / servicing contractors, in keeping your project on-time, and installed in an efficient manner.
Timing is crucial
Like any other trade, timing the installation of your irrigation or lighting system properly can make the difference between an efficient, successful installation and a more challenging one. Below is a timeline for your planning purposes, along with what you need to consider to guarantee a smooth installation:
Planning & Estimation
We can do the design and quotation for your system even before a home is built - but we do require a comprehensive landscape plan. The more detailed the plan, the more detailed and precise we can be in our estimation. Keep in mind that, like any building plan, changes between the original landscape design and the plan that unfolds on site may impact the final price. That said, it is most common for us to quote and design the project at approximately the "lockup" stage. For most homes a good visual walk through of the site with either the builder, landscaper or homeowner (whomever is most familiar with the landscaping plans) is sufficient. We like to go over the components of the system with you on site, and ask many questions, to get as much input into the design as possible at this point. Some of the questions we will ask include:
After taking all the above information into account, we can complete a design and estimate specifically tailored to your site, with the special features you request.
We are also able to provide Certified Designs if required. Learn more about Certified Designs here.
Once you give us the "go ahead", our first step is to ensure adequate preparations are made for a successful installation. At this stage we install "sleeving" - pipes under all retaining walls, driveways, sidewalks - BEFORE the surface is installed, to ensure that once we return to do the majority of the installation work, we will have access under all sidewalks, driveways, and retaining walls. At this stage, for those customers that plan to install a number of hanging baskets, it is also advisable to have your plumber pre-plumb tubing through the soffits to feed each basket, so the piping is completely concealed. Sleeving work is usually a very small portion of the total job, usually only 2-3 hours' work, but is crucial to the completion of a successful installation. We are usually available with 24-48 hours' notice for sleeving work.
This is the phase of the installation where the majority of our work takes place. This phase usually takes 1-3 days depending on the site, and can take even longer for larger, more elaborate systems. In this phase we install the entire system to the point where a completely functioning system is ready to use. For us to start this phase we need at least a sub-grade completed for the site, if not all the topsoil installed. Also, all the hard surfaces (driveways, sidewalks, retaining walls) should have been installed. We can usually schedule installation dates with 1-2 weeks' notice - the more the better!
This is a phase that University Sprinklers is very proud of - one that sets us apart from the competition! Once the landscaping has been completed, a member of our management team will return to the site to give it one last "check-over". We tune and balance the various components of the system, check the system from the timer, take detailed site information that is stored on our head office computers to aid us in servicing the system in the future and ensure a complete installation with 100% coverage. We also will instruct the end-user, whether that end user is a homeowner, gardener, or Architect, about the complete functioning of the system, including the timer operation, master shut-off, and a run-through of the system to ensure complete satisfaction. For lighting systems, the same level of finalization holds true, but we will be completing things like accurate light focusing, bulb changes to achieve optimum lighting, and an inspection of the main transformer connections to ensure all is secure.
Supporting the Vision of the Landscape ArchitectLandscape Architecture is an art form that we respect at University Sprinklers. Our goal is to help you realize your vision, by providing the proper irrigation of your project. While design and creativity are your strengths, and horticulture, botany, hardscaping, and structure are your passions, sprays, valves, rotors and impacts are ours. Together, we can ensure that your vision comes to life, and thrives over the long term with proper irrigation. Naturally, landscape lighting is an integral part of your design. University Sprinklers has an established reputation for enhancing landscapes through beautiful, innovative and high-quality landscape lighting. Just as a landscape is designed for enjoyment through all the seasons, so should it be by night or day. Let University Sprinklers' Landscape Lighting crew light up your projects for 24 hour a day appeal.
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