When Lea purchased a home last summer on Cape Cod, she didn’t simply buy a vacation place — it was a major remodeling project. Thus far, the family has removed two layers of carpet and refinished the original fir flooring, removed a layer of linoleum in the kitchen, replaced damaged ceilings throughout the home, painted every room, and converted the attic into a bedroom for the boys. Whew!
“We have attempted to retain the charm and character of the house and have resisted the urge to knock down walls or otherwise modernize our 1913 bungalow,” Lea says. “That creates some challenges but I think it will all be worth it in the end.” Upstairs in the attic, Lea installed a mini-split heat and AC unit, an insulated knee wall for storage, and a classic barn pendant light to brighten up this cozy spot. The Original™ Warehouse Pendant is one of our most popular RLM-inspired warehouse shades thanks to the dozens of ways you can customize this fixture to fit almost any décor, both residential and commercial.Read More
In yesterday’s blog post we visited a brand new, green-built home in northern New York designed by a couple who were unhappy with renting but didn’t have the finances to buy an expensive, energy-efficient home built to their standards. We took a tour of Jeff and Kalie’s new kitchen where five cord-hung porcelain enamel lights take center stage over the island and countertops. Today, we venture out onto the porch where two more RLM warehouse shades add a bright touch to the front of the home.
“We wanted a home that was architecturally appealing and grandiose, yet functional in terms of space and energy,” Kalie says. “We wanted every inch of the home to be useful and it took a lot of design changes and compromises.” For the porch, the couple chose two Ivanhoe™ Sky Chief Porcelain Pendants in Cherry Red with a standard black cord.
“The red finish on these lights just happens to match our windows so that was a pleasant surprise,” Kalie adds. The couple purchased LED bulbs for their new shades because “we like them so much, we leave them on as much as possible.” Out back, two handsome Farm & Barn All Weather Warehouse Wall Mount Lights flank the back door and provide downward directed light onto the deck. The couple chose a Black finish for these wall lights which lend a perfect contrast to their siding. Though the couple had never built a home before, they did their research and educated themselves in sustainable designs.
“Jeff, who is a jack-of-all-trades, began designing the home in CAD paying attention to architecturally interesting design aspects as well as functional details,” Kalie says. “We had a driving aspiration to build a quality green home together and equip it with as many American made products we could find.” The pair now have a new business for all of their creative energies — Bear Creek Builders.
“We had so much fun building our own green home, we have decided to continue the trend and build a few more,” Kalie says. “It’s nice to know we will always have a place to go for lighting that will catch the eye of a future buyer.”
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Posted by on Aug 3, 2010 | 1 comment
Some light fixtures have a distinct style or era specific characteristics to them that dates them to a particular period in history; others can take on new roles, as styles and designs change over the years. One such light is the Warehouse Wall Sconce Light from Barn Light Electric. This particular fixture’s classic jelly jar appearance is one that has been traditionally found in country style homes – mainly on the front porch, or near mud rooms. A recent online article by Country Living magazine, shows that with the right placement and accessories, this style of wall sconce would be an ideal addition to a country kitchen workspace.Read More