Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.
One of the great things about having a custom home built is that you get to pick everything out, including all the light fixtures. Walking into a home improvement store can be a little intimidating though, especially if you've never actually picked out lighting before.
Lighting involves a lot more than just walking in and picking out a few fixtures. In fact, there are different types of lighting fixtures for different areas in your home. Here's a quick description of the various types of lighting you'll need to choose for your new home.
When you're looking for general lighting fixtures, you're looking for fixtures that will bring light into the whole room. You'll need general lighting fixtures in every room of the house, especially in those that don't have a good source of natural lighting. General lighting can include ceiling fixtures, wall fixtures, or even table lamps that will be used to provide light for the entire room. Table lamps can be used for general lighting purposes quite effectively in small bedrooms.
Your task lighting will be the lights that you use for specific areas of a room. This type of lighting includes under cabinet lighting, track lighting, and even small desk or table lamps. Each room should have at least one task lighting fixture, especially rooms where work will be done. Under cabinet lighting works well to light counter tops in kitchens and laundry rooms. Track or recessed lighting works well at providing light for kitchen sinks.
Accent lighting is the decorative lighting you'll use in your home. This type of lighting is used to accent specific areas or focal points of a room. For instance, art work, individual pieces of décor, or architectural details are best highlighted by accent lighting. In certain instances, you can also use track lighting for accenting a particular area, especially artwork or fireplaces.
Purchasing Your Lighting
Before you head to the home improvement center to select your lighting fixtures, it's a good idea to make a thorough list of the lighting you're going to need. Be sure to walk through each room and count the number of fixtures.
Make separate lists for each category so that you know what you're purchasing for. You may find that most of your rooms will require lighting from each of the categories. Creating a list for each room will ensure that you get the proper types of fixtures.
Now that you know about the different types of lighting, you're ready to go out and purchase the fixtures you'll need from places like Chadwick Electric Inc for your new home.Share
19 December 2014