When you hear the words LEED-certified, a brand new, modern structure filled with the latest green technology probably pops into your mind. One of the certification categories, however, is for existing buildings — those that are restored in an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient manner. The struggle comes in finding a balance between using modern technology while still honoring the vernacular of an older, and often historically significant, building.
When the good people behind the preservation of the Felt Estate in western Michigan made it their goal to have the Felt Mansion LEED certified, they knew LED lighting would be required.
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Mid October is peak foliage season in Chittenden, Vermont, which means The Mountain Top Inn & Resort is hopping these days with leaf peepers. This four-season resort recently underwent a major remodel which included re-siding the main building and updating the lighting.
“We were going for a rustic feel,” says front desk manager Eryn Rowe, “and we just love your products!” Welcoming guests at the front door is a Pioneer 4-Light Chandelier which brings an industrial farmhouse vibe to the setting. This rustic chandelier combines guard-and-glass fixtures topped with mini RLM-style warehouse shades to provide plenty of light.
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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!”
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Although September is half over and the autumnal equinox will occur in less than a week, there’s still time to enjoy our outdoor spaces just a bit longer. Unless you live in Colorado where it snowed last Friday!
When our staff photographers visited Tybee Island, Georgia, last week, the weather was warm but rainy. And while you might think the inclement weather put a damper on their outdoor activities, the ladies made good use of this beautiful wrap-around porch at the Sea Star Cottage, one of more than two dozen cottages managed by Mermaid Cottages.
This particular cottage was built in the 1930s and the deep porch is perfect for rocking away the hours while... 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
Following a dream sounds so idyllic and satisfying. In reality, it can be nerve wracking! Back in 2010, Bobbi and Jeff Noe, of Granville, Ohio, decided to take the plunge leaving behind 30 years of corporate sales, marketing and customer service experience to follow their dream of owning a bed and breakfast. In four short years, the Welsh Hills Inn has developed a loyal following receiving TripAdvisor’s coveted Traveler’s Choice Award for the past two years and is included in the Top 10 B&Bs/Inns in the World. Sounds pretty idyllic and satisfying!
“It truly has been a joy and a terrific experience for us,” says Jeff. “Oh, the... Read More