June 16 , 2007

This Old House Newton — Lighting

We are hard at work on the This Old House project. The basics and many of the details have already been decided. Working with Treff Lafleche at LDA and his project manager Stephanie Morrison has been a treat.

Right now we are working on the electrical plan. It’s a challenge to find pieces that fit the period and give enough light. Client’s taste go towards traditional but we are using some more transitional pieces too.

The biggest questions were the main stair way, the powder room, and the dining room.

Sometimes figuring out dimensions simply takes some taping up to see.
A rectangle mirror (and of course a lighter shade of paint) will really open up the powder room.
P.S.I like the sconce a bit higher above a mirror, but I couldn’t reach any higher.


There’s a lighting challenge in the main stairway. It’s certainly amazing, but a bit dark. We’re adding a new fixtures on the main floor, but the stair….
So we taped up about where they would go and about how big they should be. Sconces can get challenging. You don’t want them sticking out too much from the wall and you want some wattage. We are putting fixtures with wattage on the landing above and on the main floor. These will be mostly decorative. We are currently looking for antique pieces. Anyone have any ideas?



We also had to check that the pendant placement for what will now be the dining room is centered over where the table will be. I taped down 2 scenarios: table axis on the straight away and on an angle. Good news. The light is pretty much centered. Not worth it to re-frame to get it 2″ over.


Check out Old House My House for more about the project from the homeowner’s perspective.

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