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!

 

 

Spring Safety Tips

As winter melts away, everyone’s thoughts soon turn to springtime with the feeling of rebirth in the air.  As you and your family head out into the warm spring air, be sure to discuss some spring safety topics to keep everyone safe.  Here are a few topics we fell are important:

Allergies:
Allergies are a problem for many people in springtime.  Get advice from your doctor on which allergy medicine to keep handy and have it ready for anyone in the family who needs it.

Fire Safety:
Warm days of spring are a great time to go over your fire escape plan with your family.  Start doing some practice drills and make certain everyone knows what to do and where to go.

Mower Safety:
Your lawn mower has been sitting all winter long and needs a few things done before it can be used safely.  Be certain to change out all of the fluids in the mower, top off all levels including oil and clean out any old grass that is still on the blade very carefully!  Blades should be sharp and not pitted, if it is you may want to consider having it serviced and sharpened.

Spring Cleaning:
We tend to think about major cleaning the the springtime.  Dangerous household chemicals such as paint thinners and cleaning chemicals can NOT just be put into the trash.  If you live in Dane County, Wisconsin – check out Dane County’s “Clean Sweep Program”.  It’s a great and safe way to get rid of those hazardous articles safely.  Visit their web site or call 608-243-0368.  Other counties or areas, visit your local garbage removal company for their policies.

As always, be safe.  Finished with your spring cleaning and dreaming of adding on a porch…give Adams Design Construction a call…608-241-9009, or visit our web site… http://www.adamsofmadison.com .  We make dreams a reality!

 

 

5 Tips to Brighten Up Your Bathroom

Your bathroom is more than likely the most visited room in your house.  So here are 5 fantastic tips the D-I-Y can do to brighten up your bathroom and make every visit a pleasure and at the same time add value to your home.

1. Brighten Up the Walls:
To brighten up the walls a simple paint job is the easiest way to do it.  To make it last, use a paint suited for high humidity and do a good job prepping the wall.s  When choosing colors, don’t shy away from bright colors, they can be used to enhance the size of your bathroom.

Small Bathroom Design Tips

2. Replace Waterproof Seals:
With your walls looking clean, bright and welcoming, it’s time to get rid of the old and bring in the new.  Over the years the waterproof seals, such as caulking around your bath and sink, collect mold and can loose color.  A handy tip is to simply replace them for new.  Alternatively, a good scrub down with bleach can do the job for while or clear sealers.

3. New Lighting:
Other items to be replaced are the light fixtures.  the tip here is to use fixtures which match the color and design of your bathroom.  If replacing light fixtures try to keep to the same size as the previous, this will allow little drywall repair.  If you don’t feel comfortable wiring lights, please call an electrician.  It is also important to note that the lights should be bright enough but not overly bright that it hurts your eyes.

4. Grab some New Towels:
Another easy way to brighten up your bathroom is to get some new towels.  Being constantly used, bath towels tend to loose color and fray leaving a dirty look, they also can loose some of their drying ability.  Simply replace them when they wear and new towels are the quickest and easiest way to decorate your bathroom.

5. New Bathroom Hardware:
Lastly, replacing your old worn out hardware, such as faucets, shower rods, etc , is another handy spruce-up tip. Overtime, bathroom hardware can loose its shiny look and become discolored.  Faucets can become built up with lime or mineral deposits, too.  To resolve this, new towel rods, robe hooks, shelves, cup holders besides faucets and other bathroom ware can be replaced with new to make an amazing difference at a low cost.

 

Want to spruce up your bathroom, but need some help – give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009, or visit our web site.  We are always here to help!

Prevent Dryer Fires

Cleaning out your dryer’s venting system is a quick weekend project and an important cleaning chore to help keep you and your family safe.

Every year, an average of 14,500 clothes dryers catch fire!  This isn’t due to a wiring issue–rather, it’s because lint collects in the dryers exhaust ducts.  Lint builds up very fast, is highly combustible and can spread a fire quickly.  Cleaning your dryer vent once a year can help prevent a fire.

The easiest way to clean the dryer vent fully is with a dryer vent cleaning brush.  Start from the outside of the house, where the vent is and work inward toward the dryer.  You will be amazed at what comes out of the dryer vent, so keep a trash bag or two nearby.

Also remember to turn off the dryer when you are not going to be at home.  Dryer fires spread so quickly, so it’s definitely better to be safe and not sorry!

After the vent has been thoroughly cleaned, you can take several steps to make sure that your dryer is operating safely year-round.  Always clean the dryer’s lint screen after every use. Vacuum behind the dryer as part of your regular housekeeping chores.  When you are behind the dryer, make sure the dryer vent duct hose is made from aluminum.  If you spot an older plastic dryer vent, be sure to replace it to reduce your risks of fires.

Need a new laundry room or update an old one?  Give Adams Design Construction a call – 608-241-9009 or visit our website http://www.adamsofmadison.com . We love making your home new again!

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!