When building a new space, you can look at all the drawings, plans, and photos you want, but you just never know until the dust has settled how it will all come together. When Traci of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, began working with Country Carpenters, Inc. on a new barn for her property, the structure was meant to be a simple two-car garage with storage space upstairs. But when all was said and done, she decided it was too beautiful for storage.
“It has exceeded my expectations! The upstairs is so lovely that I have opted to keep that space open for parties,” Traci says. “We are having our first event Thanksgiving Day!”
The Pawcatuck area... Read More
The school bell has rung, theme parks are quiet, and the Labor Day picnic is a fading memory. The autumnal equinox must be right around the corner. Fall is a great time to think about your exterior lighting. Nightfall may come earlier but the weather is still great for outdoor activities and meals. There’s no reason to retreat to the dining room when the back porch is still so inviting. Plus there are still fireflies out there waiting to be chased!
When considering your exterior lighting, you quickly realize that your outdoor lights must perform several functions. Safety is a major concern of course. Well-placed lights not only deter those with malfeasance on... Read More
Home renovations sometimes resemble one of those domino tricks where you touch one then all of the others fall in line. You may start out with a simple plan to add a new chair rail in the dining room, but then you realize the dining room table needs refinishing. And the wall could use a fresh coat of paint. And so go the dominoes!
When Rhonda and Peter, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, repainted the exterior of their home recently, they realized that their outdoor lighting needed updating.
“The style we were going for was traditional, Cape Cod New England, but with a modern, fresh feeling,” Rhonda says. “We chose porcelain enamel lighting because... Read More
So after browsing every website in cyberspace, reading your favorite designer’s blog, and wandering the aisles of your local stores, you finally found the perfect gooseneck light. Perhaps it’s a deep bowl gooseneck barn light, like our Wesco Gooseneck Light, that will bring a touch of modern styling to your space with a hint of the classic gas station lights of old. Or maybe a wide, shallow bowl shade that spreads the light evenly over a doorway.
No matter what shade you buy, choosing the best style of gooseneck arm for your fixture is just as critical. The humble gooseneck arm — sometimes overlooked, but a vital part of both the form and... Read More
Additions can be tricky. These necessary spaces we add to our homes when we have another baby, bring in an aging parent , or need dedicated room for a hobby. It takes some effort to make the addition look like part of the original and not like a sore thumb that sticks out.
In Greenville, South Carolina, Paul wanted to add a garage to his property but wanted the new building to complement his 1920s-era home.
“I wanted a historical look,” Paul says. While the garage is a new build, Paul added some historic, Craftsmen-style detailing to the building such as overhanging eaves, decorative braces under the gables, and a mix of materials used on the façade.... 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