Layered Lighting Inside Your Home

Illuminating a home is more than buying light fixtures. You have to consider several layers of lighting to create a beautiful living space. Know about layered lighting and get ready to brighten up your home.

We always think of choosing the perfect colors for our home. We spend time in finding the right furniture style. But, one often forgets about lighting. Lighting is one of the most neglected aspects of a home. The right kind of lighting can make any living space beautiful and comfortable. It has the power to add sophistication, warmth and style to your home. But, lighting a room is not just buying pretty light fixtures. Just as you make a room beautiful with different layers of colors and textures; you have to create a beautiful combination of different layers of lighting. Layered lighting not only illuminates your home but also provides practical lighting solution for your accessories.

There are three basics when it comes to Layers of Lighting. You have to combine ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting to create a beautiful amalgamation of lighting to accentuates your home.

  1. Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting is the first lighting layer. Every room must have at least one source of ambient lighting. You cannot avoid it because it keeps you from getting your toe stubbed against a piece of furniture. By having adequate lighting, you ensure that you do not trip and fall. An electrician can create ambient lighting with the help of recessed lights, flush-mount fixtures, panels, large chandeliers, fans with lights, etc.

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Ambient Lighting

  1. Task Lighting

The purpose of ambient lighting is general illumination. But, it is insufficient as a light source for purposes that require more light. For example, activities such as reading, sewing, cooking, applying make-up, etc. require additional lighting. Usually, fixtures used for track lighting are visible. So, it is essential that you choose fixtures that match the theme of the room. You can ensure adequate light source with the help of pendant lighting, low-hanging track lighting, under cabinet lighting, bed-side lamps, bathroom vanity lights and so on.

  1. Accent Lighting

To add drama to a living space, you require accent lighting. You can use it to draw attention towards houseplants, paintings, or any other unique accessory in the room. If you have a beautiful sculpture, accent lighting can help you to highlight it. According to a general rule, accent lighting should be three times brighter than the general light source to create a focal point. An electrician can install a variety of wall scones, track lights, pendant lights, LED tape lights, etc. to emphasize a specific area in the room.

When you are thinking of layered lighting for a room, make a planned decision. First begin with the purpose of the room. Also, finalize furniture. Once you are done with it, think of the focal point the room. After you are sure of the layout, consider ambient lighting, and then focus on task lighting and accent lighting. Remember that there is no need to buy separate fixture for all the different types of lighting. For example, you can use a large chandelier for ambient lighting as well as accent lighting. Make sure that the electrician makes adequate use of dimmer switch to provide you with versatile lighting. Remember proper planning and apt combination of lighting can illuminate your home beautifully. And, as always, give Adams Design Construction a call 608-241-9009, we’re here to help.

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Entry Lighting Ideas To Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

One of the easiest ways to spruce up your homes entry is with new lighting.

Imagine, as the sun begins to set, you turn on a front porch light to illuminate your home. While many of us just see this as a normal routine, leaving a light on is more than just illumination. It’s a welcoming sign for visitors and gives additional safety at night. With this in mind, why just settle for any old light? By upgrading your front porch light fixture, you’re adding curb appeal and creating a warm environment for guests. So, here are three ideas to consider:

HANGING PORCH LIGHTS

Nothing compares to the elegance of a hanging front porch light. This welcoming light illuminates a front porch and if hung properly, will draw all the attention to the front door entryway. Many hanging porch lights cast a wide range of light, so it likely will not need any companion lights. This is a great option for homeowners who truly want to make their front porch a focal point of their home.

OUTDOOR POST LIGHTS

Front Lighting, photo by Tom Kraeutler

Front Lighting, photo by Tom Kraeutler

Since it’s not attached to the home, outdoor porch lights have the freedom to go where you’d like, making them an extremely versatile option for the homeowner who is thinking out of the box. Many times, these lights are placed in the entryway to the porch. These come in many classic styles either with one bright light or multiple bulb options and they stand alone. A pro electrical contractor needs to be approached for its installation as the wiring can be complicated if you don’t already have a post light installed.

LANDSCAPE LIGHTS

These are not necessarily limited to the yard, but can be used to highlight areas of your home and entryway that you want to see at night. Consider a single landscape light to shine on a tree or feature of the home, illuminating the décor and giving light to the entryway. This lighting option is subtle than most and can work to subtly highlight your front porch.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

In addition, you can opt for an array of other lighting options such as porch ceiling lights, home security lights, and wall lights. An upgrade or installation of front porch lighting can transform the look of your home, and adding exclusive lighting to the front porch will definitely help boost your homes curb appeal. Be sure to give Adams Design Construction a call first 608-241-9009, we’re here to help!

 

Choose the Right Kitchen Sink for Your Home

The Kitchen is the heart of any home, and the heart of the kitchen is the Sink. It serves multiple purposes besides washing utensils and cleaning the fruits and vegetables. The kitchen sink is also the busiest part of the kitchen with most of the food preparation and related activities taking place here. It is, therefore, a good idea to spend some time contemplating the various choices available in the market before installing a new sink in your kitchen. 

One of the main deciding points for a kitchen sink is the size. Ideally, a sink should take up to 20%-25% of the counter space. Smaller but deeper kitchen sink serve the purpose as well as longer and bigger sinks, to fit the size of your kitchen best.

Another factor to consider is the material that the sink is made of. Stainless steel is by far the most popular choice because of its ease of maintenance and durability. It is inexpensive and its neutral appearance works well with many decor styles. Other alternatives that are available are  composite granite, porcelain, natural stone, cast iron, and fireclay. Each of these materials has its pros and cons, for example, water marks are easily visible on stainless steel sinks while composite granite is scratch resistant; natural stone is durable but heavy and requires reinforcement while porcelain adds to the old world charm.

Deep, farmhouse style kitchen sink. Design & Build by Adams Design Construction

Deep, farmhouse style kitchen sink.

The mounting style of the kitchen sink is another aspect that has to be clearly decided before purchasing the sink. There are four basic mounting styles: the top-mount, where the sink fits over the counter-top; the under-mount, where it fits below the counter-top; the apron sinks which are exposed in the front; and the integrated sinks which form a continuous surface with the countertop. Of all these, the top-mounted sinks are the easiest to install, while integrated sinks are most often seen in large designer homes.

The design of the kitchen sinks includes single sink or double sinks. Further variations available are inbuilt rinsing surface and/or chopping sections. Single sinks have one large bowl which is ideal for filling large stock pots, besides cooking and cleaning for large families. Double sinks help separate washing utensils from other cleaning and are most useful if two or more people work in the kitchen simultaneously. The inbuilt accessories like rinsing and chopping sections add to the utility but cut into the counter space. Smaller double sinks with sunken divider are increasingly being seen as a more acceptable option to either single or double bowl sinks.

So, have fun, shop around, measure, then give Adams Design Construction a call, 608-241-9009, we’d love to help!

 

 

Black Kitchen Worktops!

Black kitchen worktops! You must be kidding!

What is the first thing which comes to your mind when we say “black kitchen worktops”? There are a few people who just love the idea of getting something so edgy home.

Still skeptic?  Here’s a few things to think about. The immediate factor which comes to mind is the maintenance of the worktop itself. Think about keeping a white or light hued worktop spotless and a black one in the same condition. Needless to say, you will immediately be able to appreciate the fact that black remains a fairly low maintenance “color” hiding stains and the such.

Black countertops along with light walls or tile can enhance the look of your kitchen  dramatically. If planned properly, black kitchen worktops can actually go on to add a very interesting look to your kitchen.  Also to consider are some of the new black or virtually black marbles and granites available.  The choices are endless.

So summing up – black worktops basically offer you almost all the benefits that you would probably look for in kitchen worktops:

  • Functionality (because they’re less “vulnerable” to stains vs white worktops)
  • Beauty (from rustic to traditional to stylish – black is for every style and look)
  • Suitability (The hue not only suits other furniture or décor pieces but also enhances them)

So, make sure you’re getting in touch with a credentialed craftsman today and finding out about their black kitchen worktop collection! If you’re in the Dane County Wisconsin area, give us a call  608-241-9009. We’d love to help you out!

 

Common Problems Seen with Garage Door Openers

The garage door is often taken for granted, but it’s one of the most importantcomponents of your home. It’s not only essential for the security of your garage—and your home by extension—but it’s also vital to your convenience and safety. A garage door that doesn’t function properly makes it difficult to park your car in the garage and can make it less safe for anyone to pass under. It’s why if you are having any problems with your garage door that you should have it inspected right away. The following are some of the most common problems that garage door openers can experience:

  1. The Wall Switch Doesn’t Work:
    If the remote to the garage door opener works fine but your wall switch doesn’t, it means that there’s either an issue with the switch itself or the switch wires. You will need to call a garage door repair professional or electrician.
  2. The Garage Door Opener Remote Doesn’t Work:

    If the wall switch works fine but one of your remotes doesn’t, then it could be due to a number of issues. The most obvious thing to check first is the batteries. If you replaced the batteries and the opener still won’t respond to the remote, you may need to invest in a new one. If you can’t find a remote that matches your garage door opener model, you’ll either need to try a universal remote or you’ll need to have a new receiver installed.

  3. The Garage Door Sensors Don’t Work:
    Every modern garage door comes with sensors on the side. These sensors ensure that the garage door doesn’t close on anything or anyone that’s passing through. If your sensors aren’t working, then your garage door isn’t safe to use. The door could close on your vehicle as you drive through—or it could close on someone walking through, thereby causing an injury.
  4. The Trolley Carriage Is Broken:
    If your garage door won’t open at all, then it could be the result of a number of problems. If neither your remote nor your wall switch is the culprit, check the trolley carriage. If you notice that the trolley carriage moves even though the door isn’t opening, then it’s most likely because the trolley carriage is broken. Replacing the trolley carriage shouldn’t be done on your own unless you have experience with such repairs. A professional has the experience, expertise, and tools required to perform the task safely and effectively.
  5. The Main Drive Gear Is Broken:
    If it’s not your trolley carriage that’s causing your door to stop from opening, then it could be the main drive gear. If you hear a grinding noise as you attempt to open the door, then the main drive gear has probably failed and needs to be replaced.
  6. The Tracks Are Misaligned:
    If you hear a rubbing sound when the door reaches a certain point each time it opens or closes, it means the tracks are most likely misaligned. You can check the tracks for alignment issues on your own. If you see gaps between the rail and the rollers, there’s an issue. Misaligned tracks can make operating the garage door a dangerous task. If it’s especially bad, the garage door won’t move at all.
  7. The Garage Door Springs or Cables Are Broken:
    The springs and cables help to lower and raise the door safely, preventing it from falling too fast. If the springs or cables break, then the door will slam to the ground, which could damage your property or your door as well as injure anyone underneath. If the springs or cables have broken or are visibly damaged, don’t attempt to replace them yourself. Doing so can be incredibly dangerous due to how tightly they are wound.

Garage door on carriage house

These are some of the common problems that garage doors can experience. These problems not only make your garage door less convenient to use, they can also affect the safety and security of your home.  Need help with replacing a door then give us a call – 608-241-9009, we’d be happy to help you.

Should you shovel your deck?

Snow is back and it’s turned cold here this December in Wisconsin.  You’ve kept your driveway and sidewalks clear of the snow, but do you need to shovel the snow off your deck?  Actually, the answer is simple:  NO.

If you are worried about your deck collapsing from the weight of snow, don’t.  Building codes require that decks support more weight than your roof.   Basic rule of thumb: Don’t worry until the snow is above your rails.  Most deck rails are 36″ high and weight of snow should not cause a problem unless it is over three feet deep.  The best thing you can do with your deck is just leave it alone while the snow sits there, slowly melting and clearing itself.  The deck will still be there come April, no need to mess with it in the mean time.

snowdeck

An exception to not shoveling would be if your deck is the second-emergency entrance into your home, or an entrance you use regularly.  Then you may choose to shovel it, but be careful.  Here are some basic rules to follow:

  • Before snow falls, make certain no nails are sticking out of the deck boards .
  • Try using a broom or leaf blower first. If too much snow, then get out the shovel.
  • Use a plastic shovel, not a metal one – so not to scratch the decking material.
  • Shovel in the direction/parallel to the boards, not across the boards.
  • Never chop ice off your deck, it’s too easy to damage deck boards. If you must get rid of ice, then use environmentally safe chemicals.

So, if you need to (or desire to) get that snow off your deck, just be careful not to scratch or damage the deck boards.  And be careful walking on your deck afterwards, ice has a way of creeping back for revenge.

What, you don’t have a deck? Are you considering having one built down the road? Well, give us a call for a free consultation…608-241-9009.  We’ll be happy to take a look — once all this snow melts that is …  Happy Winter!

Tankless Hot Water Heaters

We all know hot water is very much a necessity. Most of us have water heaters at home and do not give it a second thought, we just assume we will have hot water on a daily basis until…you are standing in the shower and the water goes cold because someone in the other part of the house decides to turn on the water, or there is just no hot water at all.  It may be time consider replacing your traditional tank-water heater with a tankless hot water tank.

Let’s discuss the advantage’s of replacing your old hot water tank with a Tankless water heater. Have you found yourself scratching your head when the electric bill comes, most of us have. Depending on your household size and use, your conventional hot water tank can drive your electric bills through the roof.

Did you know that most conventional heaters make up for almost 20% of your household energy consumption. Think about this for a moment 20% is a lot of consumption when you begin thinking about the different household items that make up your electric bill…clothes dryers, stoves, heat, washing machines, lights, hair dryers and the list goes on. So when you think about it on this level 20% for the use of hot water is quite a bit of your electric bill..

Lets review some of the reasons why installing a tankless heater could be very beneficial:

Tankless hot water heaters are energy efficient. You can cut your heating cost to up to 30%. Now think about this for a moment…If your hot water is costing you up to 20% on a conventional hot water tank and your saving up to 30% on a tankless hot water system and the tankless is also eco -friendly well, this sounds pretty beneficial.

Tankless hot water heaters work differently from the conventional water heaters. With a Tankless water system the water is heated only when it is needed. When you turn on the faucet that is when the Tankless heating system kicks in and at the same time the water is heated (using a heating element). That is why a Tankless hot water system is also called “Instantaneous or Demand. “  It creates a constant flow of hot water, so this allows everyone in your home to have hot water at the same time!  Wow….no more being deprived of hot water in your home.
And keep in mind tankless water heaters are safer because the system does not store water which can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

So, if it’s time to replace your hot water heater, check out tankless hot water heaters.  it will save you money and it can last up to 20 years and still maintain its efficiency!

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Traditional Hot Water Tank

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Tankless Hot Water Heater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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