Atlanta Building News - June 2008 - (Page 16)

F E AT U R E in Bright Ideas to Make Your Home Stand Out By Sheryl S. Jackson “I can’t stand a naked light bulb, any more than I can a rude remark or a vulgar action.” Blanche DuBois, a character in Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire, would not have to settle for naked light bulbs in today’s homes. In fact, she would have a wide range of fixtures, finishes and levels of lighting from which to choose. fi xtures today is satin nickel, so many builders are choosing darker finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze or brushed bronze to add elegance to the home. Another way that builders are adding an extra touch of sophistication in their homes is the use of chandeliers in nontraditional areas. Chandeliers still can be found in dining rooms and breakfast areas, but adding chandeliers to the bedroom and bathroom increases the perceived value of the home. “Builders are using chandeliers in the master bedroom suite and mini-chandeliers in the master bathrooms,” Brown says. “In reality, chandeliers can be comparable in cost to traditional high-end ceiling fi xtures.” LITTLE TOUCHES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE For builders, the variety of options available makes it possible to add pizzazz and to differentiate their homes from others on the market. “I’ve noticed that, as the housing market has become more difficult, builders are paying close attention to details and looking for ways to set their homes apart from other builders’ homes,” says Richard Brown, vice president of national accounts for Savoy House Lighting. The standard finish for lighting RECESSED AND TRACK LIGHTING GET A SECOND LOOK Builders and remodelers also are reconsidering rail-system lighting. “These systems are much better than the old track lighting because there are a lot of different finishes, and the system can be scaled or bent to fit any situation,” says Steven Buchwald, director of trade sales at C Lighting. Rail systems also are flexible enough to take any ceiling height into consideration. “Rail systems can be suspended to work in high foyers, lofts or any space,” he explains. Recessed lighting is still preferred by most home buyers, and the trend for recessed lighting is to use smaller recessed cans, with 3-inch cans being the most popular. “Home owners like a clean, sleek look for their ceilings in most rooms,” Buchwald says. The good news for remodelers is that technology exists to allow them to retrofit existing, larger cans to smaller, low voltage fi xtures, Buchwald says. The retrofit kits enable a remodeler to update the lighting in a room or install new recessed lighting without destroying the ceiling. Builders who want to use the retrofit kits or the rapid-install recessed fi xtures that are now on the market should be careful to work with their trade contractors 16 JUNE 2008 | ATLANTA BUILDING NEWS ©Jack Schroeder. Image from Inset photos courtesy of Masterpiece Lighting

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Atlanta Building News - June 2008

Atlanta Building News - June 2008
From the President
Classes and Events Calendar
Builder Licensing Update
Trends in Lighting
Legal Corner
The Housing Institute
Earthcraft House
Homeaid Atlanta
Member News
Member Services
Atlanta 50+ Housing Council
Sales and Marketing Council
New Members
Index to Advertisers

Atlanta Building News - June 2008