In the early 1900’s, southern cities often sprouted up around local mills. In the area just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, the thriving mill district included the Highland Park Mill and the Mecklenburg Mill along with small local groceries, a barbershop and a dry goods store. When the mills shut down in the late ’60s, the area fell on hard times, but the creation of the Historic North Charlotte Neighborhood Association in 1986 began a revival that transformed the area, now known as NoDa, into a vibrant arts district full of galleries, restaurants, boutique shops, and award-winning breweries.
It is here that Mark and Danielle began a painstaking,... Read More
One of the best parts about being a blogger for Barn Light Electric is that I hear about all sorts of great projects — new home builds, office overhauls, restaurant remodels, and renovation projects that take on a life of their own. Customers generously share their photos with us so that we, in turn, can share them with you to use as inspiration for your own projects!
Today we visit with Elizabeth who, along with her husband David, tackled the renovation of a 1949 bungalow in Ojai, California, a tiny rural town near Santa Barbara. They fell in love with the location and timeless charm of the cottage and set about modernizing yet protecting the roots of this... Read More
Kids usually have that one friend they love to visit. There’s something about other people’s spaces that is attractive, intriguing, and way more fun than home. Maybe it’s a cool playroom. Or a pool in the back yard. Or simply different Xbox games on the shelf.
For Michelle in Wichita, Kansas, she wanted to have “that” home, so she set about renovating her finished basement to be more inviting. Here’s a before pic of Michelle’s space.
“We wanted to create a place where our friends and our children’s friends could hang out in the safety and supervision of our home,” Michelle says. She started on... Read More
Like many communities in California celebrating today’s 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the city of Vista will hold an Earth Day Festival with games for kids, special speakers, gardening demonstrations, plant sales, food, and more. But you can find earth-friendly organizations and businesses every single day of the year in Vista including today’s Featured Customer The Wall Climbing Gym located in north San Diego County.
When owners Randy Englekirk and Matt Sawyer planned to open their bouldering facility in an existing industrial warehouse, they came under the Title 24 energy standards which mandate the use of LED lighting.
“We had to use LED... Read More
What’s better than digging into a plate full of sticky BBQ ribs, crispy fries, and tangy cole slaw? Digging in at Woody’s Bar-B-Q under the warm glow of rustic industrial lighting! Woody’s Cocoa location opened last November and has been serving up amazing pulled pork, beef brisket, and even some mesquite grilled chicken to a steady stream of devoted customers. Fred and Samantha Gumieny, the husband-and-wife team behind this local favorite, wanted to create an atmosphere as inviting as the food they create.
“When people think barbecue, they generally think rustic and industrial decor so that’s exactly the look we shot for when we were... Read More