It’s summertime here in the States and that means living spaces are expanding. Whether you have a porch, patio, veranda, or a lanai, these multi-functional, outdoor living areas get a workout with parties, dinners, lounging, and even sleeping.
Summertime also brings bugs, especially in the South where interior designer Alys Protzman lives. Alys wanted to expand her family’s living space in her Pittsboro, North Carolina, home where the moderate climate means a porch can be used at least half the year and often even longer. Alys worked with BuildSense, a full-service architecture and construction firm in nearby Durham to create her dream space. We talked with... Read More
When you want more space you can either move or knock down some walls. Lori, of Newton, North Carolina, chose the latter when she tackled a home renovation project.
“I knocked out most of the wall between the kitchen and the family room,” Lori says. “I had to leave the center column because apparently my house would fall down if I didn’t.”
The result is a more open floor plan that connects her busy kitchen and family room in her ranch-style home. Lori was going for a rustic farmhouse look which can take some effort in a newer home like hers.
“I replaced the speckled brown and cream granite countertops with honed black... Read More
Many stout-hearted homeowners tackle major renovations with big dreams. But sometimes, even with the deep pockets that big dreams require, some renovations are doomed from the start. When Jeff and his wife Stephanie, of Columbus, Ohio, purchased a cottage at Indian Lake, they initially planned a major remodel of the structure. But when they discovered the foundation was severely deteriorated, they decided to tear it down and start over.
“We built a 1,000-square-foot, cottage-style lake house that has some vintage, barn-style characteristics,” says Jeff, president of Chester A. Smith Marble & Granite Company, an 86-year-old marble and granite fabricator... Read More
We’re still in the spirit here at Barn Light Electric as our 12 Days of Christmas Sale is now in full swing. It’s a great time to truly relax after all of the hubbub of the holidays and cast an eye towards the new year. What’s on your wish list for 2014? A new wardrobe? A new vacation destination? Perhaps some sprucing up around the house ?
We want to keep the merriness of the season around for just a bit longer so we’re offering 10 percent off most everything on our site along with free shipping.
An easy way to brighten up your home without going through the hassle and expense of an extensive remodeling project is to simply switch out your... Read More
While we can only imagine the pandemonium taking place at the North Pole this week, we have our own brand of mayhem taking place right here on our own factory floor.
As many of our regular readers know, Barn Light Electric opened a new manufacturing facility back in October in our hometown of Titusville, Florida. We had a fabulous grand opening party attended by all sorts of city and county officials, townspeople, family and friends. The expansion of our facilities is great news not only for our town which was hit hard by the ending of the Space Shuttle program, but also for the overall resurgence of American manufacturing.
By moving into this 49,000-square-foot space,... Read More