Well I fear everyone is going to be sick of seeing my ceilings, but they are all done. Yay!!

This is the master bedroom ceiling.

The master bath ceiling (I think maybe my favorite, because it’s so close you can see the details in the old wood). The tub will be in front of the window.

2015/01/img_2142.jpgHallway looking from the master to the great room. It’s a very heavy looking ceiling….I wouldn’t have wanted it everywhere. But I like it here. This hallway will be a gallery for artwork that my Mother in law has painted.

And the loft ceiling, I really like the lightness of this ceiling, we used the smaller rafter beams. I like how it carries the wood into that room.

And a dance party, just because. 😊

Happy Tuesday ❤️


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…..it 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 🙂

The first truss

We were a bit frustrated last week when we set all the beams out and realized that we didn’t have the sizes that we were supposed to. And that two of the beams are not structurally sound.

We actually paid for a second engineer to look at the beams in Pennsylvania , and make sure they would be structurally sound before they were shipped here. A bit frustrating, but part of the learning process.

So our bottom beams were supposed to be 8 by 12. They are 8×8….hmmmmm. The man we bought them from is not going to honor his list so we are just going to go with what we have. We might have to buy one or two more beams. (Not from the same guy). They are 20 feet in the air so they will look smaller than I had imagined, but it is still beautiful, amazing wood so crossing my fingers I will love it. With the white wood as ceiling material I think it should still be great.


This is standing on the second floor looking down. (The saw horses worked perfectly). :).
Hopefully tonight I will have a photo of it up.

The artistic part is beginning in this adventure.