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
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.
“When it came time to start our new house, we knew we wanted more BLE lighting,” Steve says. “Great quality and always incredibly nice people on the phone. The product ships when promised and everything is in the box — a feature that is greatly under appreciated by most manufacturers.”
Working with architect Rob Whitten and designer Krista Stokes, the couple began creating their 2,500-square-foot dream home. One of their main goals was to respect the location and build something that would fit into the historic neighborhood and not overwhelm the field. For the lighting, Steve and Debbie would pick out lights they liked then bounce their ideas off of Krista.
“Krista is an amazing designer and she deserves all the credit for the color choices,” Steve says. “While we had a really good sense of how we wanted the house to look and function, color isn’t in our wheelhouse. Krista is truly a color genius.”
In the entryway, they chose an Intermediate Schoolhouse Semi Flush Mount Light. The design of this vintage-inspired fixture harkens back to the early 20th century when schoolhouse shades first came into fashion. But this American made light can be updated with customizing options including bands of color around the globe. Steve and Debbie chose a triple band of Black for their shade.
In one of the bathrooms, a 14″ Original™ Warehouse Gooseneck Light throws plenty of light onto the vintage style trough sink. Customized with a Galvanized finish and a matching Galvanized G15 gooseneck arm, this quality, hand spun light can withstand years of use.
Outside on the porch, a classic barn wall sconce welcomes visitors. This 12″ Universal Wall Sconce is loaded with mid-century style with its stacked neck design and shallow warehouse shade. Krista and the couple chose a Black finish for the wall sconce to provide some contrast with the neutral facade.
Staying within the Universal family, Steve and Debbie chose the Universal Gooseneck Light for the exterior of the garage. These 16″ warehouse shades were customized with a Galvanized finish and a G15 gooseneck arm.
Adding a decorative touch to the driveway with its RLM-inspired shade is the matching Universal Industrial Guard Post Mount Light. This guard-and-glass fixture features a 14″ shade with a Galvanized finish and clear glass.
And while the dust hasn’t quite settled and there are many last-minute details before Steve and Debbie will be relaxing on the porch, they are thrilled with their new lighting.
“They ‘fit’ from a design perspective,” Steve says. “They’re just gorgeous.”
See more of this home on the homeowner’s blog A House in a Field
Photos courtesy of the homeowner
My husband’s woodworking hobby is taking over the garage. In addition to the router table, multiple saws, drill press, and various tools trying to find a home amongst the kids’ bikes and Christmas decorations, everything in the space receives a shower of sawdust every weekend! We are working with a builder to create a dedicated workshop space for him which is why this beautiful barn caught my eye! Today’s Featured Customer Jennifer lives just west of St. Louis and needed space for her own husband’s workshop. Although the outbuilding is brand new construction, the couple wanted the barn to have enough character to complement their historic log home.Read More
The problem with adding on to your existing home is that the new structure often looks like an after thought. Even if you’re putting up a separate building from the main home, you want the new structure to tie in with either architectural elements, color, or both! Today, we take a look at a charming potting shed created by our Featured Customer Lois who lives in the wine country north of San Francisco. Her new shed is not only functional but ties in beautifully with her Mediterranean-style home.Read More