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 more.Read More
In yesterday’s blog post we visited a brand new, green-built home in northern New York designed by a couple who were unhappy with renting but didn’t have the finances to buy an expensive, energy-efficient home built to their standards. We took a tour of Jeff and Kalie’s new kitchen where five cord-hung porcelain enamel lights take center stage over the island and countertops. Today, we venture out onto the porch where two more RLM warehouse shades add a bright touch to the front of the home.
“We wanted a home that was architecturally appealing and grandiose, yet functional in terms of space and energy,” Kalie says. “We wanted every inch of the home to be useful and it took a lot of design changes and compromises.” For the porch, the couple chose two Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Porcelain Pendants in Cherry Red with a standard black cord.
“The red finish on these lights just happens to match our windows so that was a pleasant surprise,” Kalie adds. The couple purchased LED bulbs for their new shades because “we like them so much, we leave them on as much as possible.” Out back, two handsome Farm & Barn All Weather Warehouse Wall Mount Lights flank the back door and provide downward directed light onto the deck. The couple chose a Black finish for these wall lights which lend a perfect contrast to their siding. Though the couple had never built a home before, they did their research and educated themselves in sustainable designs.
“Jeff, who is a jack-of-all-trades, began designing the home in CAD paying attention to architecturally interesting design aspects as well as functional details,” Kalie says. “We had a driving aspiration to build a quality green home together and equip it with as many American made products we could find.” The pair now have a new business for all of their creative energies — Bear Creek Builders.
“We had so much fun building our own green home, we have decided to continue the trend and build a few more,” Kalie says. “It’s nice to know we will always have a place to go for lighting that will catch the eye of a future buyer.”
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Jeff and Kalie were tired of renting and wanted to live in a green home that was not only energy efficient but beautiful too and equipped with as many American made products they could find. With some savings in the bank and Jeff being a jack-of-all-trades, the couple started researching sustainable designs then jumped right in and built their own green home in northern New York.
“We wanted every inch of our home to be useful,” Kalie says. “We finalized our plans last June and have worked 14 hours a day, 7 days a week since then.” The results are stunning.
“Our house is rustic with modern and contemporary touches,” Kalie explains. “Due to the lack of a traditional ceiling in the kitchen, we needed lights that would accentuate the beams while keeping a simple, clean look.” While looking for USA-made fixtures online, Jeff remembered a porcelain barn light from the 1930s in his family’s old camp on Lake Bonaparte. The couple was thrilled to find that Barn Light Electric had revived the process of porcelain enamel manufacturing with many styles and options available right here in America.
“With our kitchen barely framed, we bought 5 porcelain lights for our kitchen,” Kalie says. “We fell in love with the rustic look immediately and felt they fit our design concept perfectly.” The couple chose two 12″ Ivanhoe™ Dino Porcelain Cord Pendant Lights in Green with a standard black cord for over the island and three 10″ Ivanhoe™ Esso Warehouse Porcelain Pendants in Cobalt Blue with a standard black cord for over the sink and counters.
“It was tough to decide on a color but we are glad we got both the Cobalt Blue and the Green because the blue lights complement the slate backsplash and contrast the green walls whereas the green lights plainly remind my husband of his old camp,” Kalie says.
While many people build a home and vow never to do it again, this couple had so much fun they started their own business — Bear Creek Builders — specializing in sustainable building of smaller homes. They already have potential customers calling to get on their schedule.
“It’s nice to know we will always have a place to go for lighting that will catch the eye of a future buyer!” Kalie adds.
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
Granite countertops by Rocky Mountain Granite, Webster, NY
Custom hickory cabinets by Barker Cabinets of Oregon
When today’s Featured Customer wants to get away, Ben’s destination is a rustic location in Surry County, North Carolina, where he and his brother own a piece of property with a rich architectural history. They recently rebuilt the family boathouse which sees a fair amount of action thanks to the commercial trout hatchery that is supported on the property. The original boathouse was built in the 1930s in a rustic architectural design, and the brothers wanted to recreate this look both in the new design and with the lighting.Read More
“Hey honey, I think we should quit our jobs and make lights full time!”
Those remarkable words started a conversation between Bryan and Donna Scott just four years ago. Being a good sport, Donna agreed, and Barn Light Electric was born. In one of the worst economic downturns in our nation’s history, the couple quit their full-time jobs to begin the company with little more than a laptop and a barn full of old light fixtures Bryan found on his weekends off.Read More
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After getting caught up in our catalog launch and another exciting appearance on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, we almost forgot about our own construction update! If you follow along, this past Friday was the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis. With only two remaining shuttle missions left, it seems the world is flocking to get a glimpse of history – and when an additional estimated 300,000 people came into Titusville Friday, traffic was a little more than backed up. So, we decided to close up shop for a couple hours to take part in the launch, allow for plenty of travel time, and also to give our employees a chance to see our new building’s progress.Read More