When Brian’s dad built a home back in the late 1970s, he incorporated many reclaimed materials such as stained glass windows from an English church, porcelain gas station lights for the garage, and a Texaco Sky chief gas pump from the 1920s.
“There was no manufacturer of reproduction lights in those days so he had to use original lighting and craft his own goosenecks using galvanized plumbing pipe,” Brian says. When Brian started building his own home in Wake Forest, North Carolina last year, he followed his father’s lead to include reclaimed materials to give the home the feel of an original farmhouse but with modern... Read More
In last Friday’s post, we introduced you to John Colaneri, who just wrapped up his second season of Cousins Undercover on HGTV along with his cousin Anthony Carrino. John and his wife recently purchased a piece of land in northern New Jersey where John has put his years of construction expertise to work on his first ground-up building project. The couple are putting down roots in their new home that mixes old elements with new to create a contemporary design with a sense of history and timeless style.
“The house is truly nestled into the woods but we’re only five minutes from downtown so it’s easy for us to go out to dinner or even catch the... Read More
If you’re addicted to HGTV like we are, you no doubt have seen the wildly popular Cousins Undercover show starring Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri. The show just wrapped up its second season which features surprise renovation makeovers for local heroes in neighborhoods across the country.
In addition to his television commitment, John has spent the last six years working in the family business — Brunelleschi Construction — and looking for a place to put down his own roots. While driving to work one day, John’s wife spotted a For Sale sign. She insisted that John come take a look at the property.
“It was very deceiving because the... Read More
When Hurricane Sandy roared ashore back in October 2012, it made the history books as the second costliest hurricane in US history. Heather, who lives in Suffolk County on Long Island, New York didn’t need a historian to tell her it was a record-breaking storm.
“We are located four houses from the Great South Bay and there was eight feet of water rolling down our street,” Heather relates. Her home suffered major structural damage along with interior and exterior damage and had to be totally demolished.
Unlike some residents who left the coast, Heather chose to stay and began designing her new home.
“We definitely wanted a coastal beach... Read More
Installing a cheap, imported light from a big-box store is akin to hanging a paint-by-number landscape over the fireplace mantel. Anybody can do it and it all looks the same.
“Lighting makes a statement like art on the wall,” says Tyler O’Brien, president and owner of Agave Custom Homes in central Texas. We couldn’t agree more.
On a recent project in Wimberly, Texas, just southwest of Austin, Tyler used some Barn Light Originals to make a Texas-sized statement on a new home he designed along with Felicia Foster of Barron Custom Design.
“We were going for a barn theme, and for the exterior lighting, we wanted an industrial, barn look to the... Read More
Steve and his wife Debbie knew they had found something special when they were interviewing potential contractors to build their new home.
“One of them stood on the site and said, ‘I’ve been driving by this field for 20 years and always wanted to build a house right here,'” Steve relates. The coveted spot in Freeport, Maine, is close to downtown and is the site of their now almost-complete modern farmhouse home. The building process is fraught with constant decision making, but for Steve and Debbie, the choice for lighting was an easy one. They had discovered Barn Light Electric when they worked on a previous home and knew they wanted... Read More