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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In the northern reaches of Quebec, Canada, winters can get pretty brutal. At least by our sunny Florida standards! Our friends at Seulement Camion (that’s “trucks only” for non-native speakers) recently opened their new business in La Sarre and needed lights that could not only withstand the environment, but would provide a welcoming atmosphere to truck-buying customers.
The new space uses plenty of rustic elements throughout such as reclaimed barn wood walls, inviting leather chairs, and an earthy palette of browns and grays brightened with barn red accents. Industrial lighting in the form of gooseneck lights, warehouse shade pendants, and... Read More
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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Rolling down the highways through the heart of the Kentucky bluegrass country, you are sure to spot an abundance of barns. Barns of all shapes and sizes dot the hillsides and farms where cattle, crops, and, yes, horses are tended each day.
If you’re lucky enough, you might spy a barn like David’s which sports a beautiful barn quilt painted on the side. The painting of quilts on barns began as a kind of grassroots, community art movement and there are thousands of these paintings all over the country. A website dedicated to the Barn Quilt Trails notes that there are about 800 barn quilts in Kentucky alone.
David lives in Danville and had the quilt painted... Read More
When Lori and Nick decided to build a new Craftsman-style home just south of Los Angeles, they chose an architect with a love for the style. Jeff Jeannette and his wife Roberta are both licensed architects who stumbled onto the Long Beach, California area back in 1996 where there are countless early 1900’s Craftsman-style homes.
“Our first home was a 1922,” Jeff says. “It was a 2-bedroom, one bath, 800-square-foot bungalow that we thoroughly enjoyed renovating.” The couple converted the one-car garage into an architectural studio and opened their doors for business in 2000.
“I’ve loved the Craftsman style since then and... Read More