Lighting the great room

Ahhhhh….the lighting of the great room. This has been a puzzler for us….but I think we have figured it out?? Possibly? The room is 50 ft, by 30 ft, with a 28 ft ceiling. The walls are 16ft tall. And the bottom of the truss is at 20 feet. Got it???? 😳. If it matters the ceiling pitch of the roof is 10/12.

This photo is taken from the upstairs loft (playroom).

Ok….this photo shows the entire right side wall……under the truss on the right side wall is going to be an exposed duct. It will be 18 inches in diameter.

Very much like this (but on the other side).

In the right corner you can see where the top duct will come out of the back wall…take a little turn and head across the right wall. (That corner is the kitchen).

This photo shows the vaulted ceiling….with the flat ceiling of the dormer.

Sorry this picture is fuzzy. But here is the great room plans. The trusses (there are five) and the ridge beam, and the beams that go below and above the dormer, are all indicated with dotted lines.

Ok!!!! Hope you are still with me!

So this is our plan…I think. On the wall, in between the trusses we are going to put a two or three spotlight track light. The ones behind the A/C duct will be fairly hidden, so it’s just the front door wall you will see them. And they will be white on a white wall. I think they will easily disappear.

Something like this…one spotlighting the truss to the left one spotlighting the truss to the right and the middle one facing across to the opposite ceiling. I would love LED’s but we might just buy some lesser expensive ones now and it will be easy to change out one day. Still have to do some research on prices.

Ok (I sincerely apologize for the crayon)!!! The three red X’s are the three chandeliers. The one in the living room (in front of the fireplace) will be a eight/nine foot chandelier. The one over the dining table will be a bit smaller, maybe six feet. Then the one in the kitchen is off center, off the dormer beam, so it is over the middle island. Lighting up the kitchen area.
The green X is an 8 foot industrial fan. The one we are getting is the MacroAir, Air Elite.

Now I use the word Chandelier looslely!!!! They may be large pendants….or a “something” repurposed into a light.

This is a binder… is a farm implement that was used in the twenties and thirties. (I found this photo in country living UK). We have two of them in one of our old barns.

My girlfriend saw these and saw a chandelier……I could see it!!! Over the dining room table. Now I have gotten some very varied reaction to these. From “I can totally see that”. To “what are you smoking”. I have no idea how I can make it work. I don’t know if I can make it work. I just think with all white walls and the old wood…..that crazy binder just might look cool?

I am thinking one of these big 200 watt old barn pendants in the kitchen??
The living room?????? I have no idea.

Well that was a bit long winded!!!! Thanks if you made it through.
Any input is welcome, and it won’t hurt my feeling if you hate my binder. 🙂

H 🙂


On a hill

I have been wanting to take some photos of the house from the front and back of our property. Just to give an idea of the lay of the land. So last week we were pouring cement for our propane tank, by the house. And a stock tank in the back of the property. So I took the opportunity to take a few shots.

This is almost to the back (north) fence line of our property.

20140529-225821-82701668.jpgkids helping put the stock tank together. 🙂

Watching the guys finish up the cement work. Little C is as close as he can get to the action…..little cowboy hat beside the man working…..we have had such amazingly patient people working here.

And from our front driveway. (South fence line). The house is very close to the middle of our property. It doesn’t look like much of a hill. But from the house we can see almost everywhere on the property. Which I though would be nice when trying to keep track of kiddo’s. 🙂


Some rooms I love

Well……the roof is finished, the rain gutters and down spouts are in. Well actually were in two weeks ago. We are now waiting on our electrician, and we are waiting on him because he has been waiting on us, and now he is on another project.  (so I get more time to decide).  The great room is 50 by 30 with 28 foot ceilings. Trying to figure out how to light it has taken some thinking.

And frankly my brain is needing a rest from thinking about it… today I am going to post some pictures that inspire me.

This is from a home in Marfa Tx. I think the owner is a photographer from New York…..but I am not sure. I cut this out of a magazine years ago. And found it on Pinterest again. I love the floors…..and the openness. Well I love most everything about this picture.

Simple and white…..with a wood table.

More white love.

How fun would a tipi be upstairs in the loft?




I love all the wall texture in these pictures.  Found on Pinterest


I added these because my dear friends thirteen year old daughter got a camera for her birthday, so she asked if she could come to the farm and take a few pictures. These are two of my favorites.


And I got a shot of her getting a shot of one of our horses.  (so cute).

School is out for the summer…..:). It is so great to be home and getting some projects accomplished!!!!

Thanks for reading…..sorry it’s been a bit slow around here.