For followers of our Facebook page, we teased you a bit yesterday with a gorgeous photo dubbed “eye candy for architects” by a fan. Today, we chat with Larry Evans, a creative director in California who recently remodeled his studio space and shared his stunning photos with us.
Q: Where is your studio located?
A: We live on a seven-acre ranch-like setting near the top of a mountain and the design studio is located on the same property near our house. It’s nestled amongst the trees we planted many years ago on this old avocado farm here in Escondido. The barn-like building is mostly steel and luckily withstood an intense wildfire that voraciously burned through our property destroying most of our landscaping, a redwood hot tub, and deck.
Anyone who has survived a major home renovation knows full well the hassles, headaches, and sometimes heartaches it can bring. For Beth and Brian of Salem, Oregon, adding a garage/entertainment space and remodeling eight rooms in their 1952 ranch home was a huge undertaking. It took three times longer than expected and they lived without a kitchen for five months.
But the constant mayhem outside their door has finally ended and the couple has put their contractor woes aside to start enjoying their renovated space just in time for spring.Read More
Is it getting more spring-like in your neck of the woods? It certainly is here although some parts of the country are still seeing white stuff flying around. And that’s not pollen! Seriously, winter be gone already!
One thing I love about spring is the reemergence of color, especially outside my window. Bright yellow daffodils and lime green buds on the trees all signal the start of something new. It’s a great time to reconsider the color inside your house as well. The experts all have an opinion on the hot new colors each year, so we’ve been poking around to see what trends are out there and how you can consider these when choosing your lighting.Read More
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m ready for spring. Ready to throw open the windows and let fresh air in, ready to wear flip flops every day, and ready to clean my garage from top to bottom. Nothing makes me happier than making our garage a space that we can actually use.
If you’re looking for a little garage inspiration, Ron from Mims, Florida, sent us some photos of his garage after he recently upgraded the lighting.Read More
Congratulations! You’ve decided to buy some new lighting! If you’re like most consumers shopping for lighting, you concentrate on the obvious — pendant, wall sconce, gooseneck? Does my home have a retro spin, a vintage vibe, or a modern, minimalist mood? Do I need three 10″ shades or one 16″ shade to adequately light the kitchen counter? And the biggest question of all — what color will make my heart sing every time I see it?Read More
We meet a lot of professionals day in and day out, and it’s always a pleasure to meet architects, builders, and designers who have a true passion for what they do — for their business, their product, and their customers. Matt and Jeff Balmer are fourth-generation builders who have spent much of their life in residential construction. As partners of Lands End Development in Crosslake, Minnesota, the brothers have grown their company much in the same way as we have here at Barn Light Electric — on the principles of quality, creativity, value and service.Read More