In this week’s visit to the Washington house, Mandi and I showed up in time to meet the electrician who’s fixing up all the outlets, light switches, etc., and installing the light fixtures. James had hoped to have some fixtures up for us to take photos of, but instead had spent some time fixing some iffy wiring. We’d rather he did that anyway!
While we were looking the nice new covers over, James had some questions. They were all really good ones, so I was glad to have the opportunity to address them. First, we found out that the two closets with light fixtures did not have light switches. That makes the ights we picked out for the spaces not work at all! He recommended some simple pull chain ones instead, which makes ssense. They’re just closets.
Next he told us the spare can lights we had were too big for the allotted space in the kitchen. He wondered why we hadn’t chosen to get more of the kind we’d chosen for over the sink, and we explained we thought it would look weird. He said the shadows cast by the can lights would also look weird. We decided that if the pendants were installed at the right height, they would look much better. Conveniently, the fixture comes with the right size header, as James demonstrates in the photo.
The third big decision we had to make was what to do in the dining area. The fixture I’d chosen had not arrived; instead a beautiful chandelier showed up instead. Mandi has been having a heck of a time returning it, and Lowe’s had said it was their mistake, so we could keep it if we wanted to, so we decided to just go ahead and use it, since it’s the right color and quite lovely. We figured out a reasonable height for it to hang, but he’ll loop it so it stays higher and won’t bonk tall people on their heads.
After all the decisions were made, Mandi and I ran to the hardware store and got the very inexpensive pull-shain lights. While we were out, we also picked up the chandelier and all the exterior lights, so they could also get installed. Now all the lighting is at the house. Too bad NOT all the bulbs. Let’s hope Cody picks up some.
We are very happy with how the built-ins and fireplace look now. Thanks to Lee’s decision making, the shelves are white, with gray background. It really ties the whole look together. It looks fantastic, we think! The brick actually looks good contrasting with the painted parts. We left the mantel and surround dark brown, to tie in with the beams in the ceiling. Score!
This one’s almost done, folks! Jennifer reports she found some flooring that will look good, and now all that’s left is the backsplash selection. We need a granite sample to do that.
Can’t wait for next week’s report with installed lighting!