Monday, December 28, 2015

New Sconce lights

For a while, these posts will be in reverse chronological order, starting with some recent projects and going back to projects I did over the summer and fall. A month ago or so, I installed some much needed extra lighting in the sun room
. I wanted something that would illuminate the space in a way that didn't draw attention to itself. The room didn't need any extra aesthetic attraction, just more light. So I settled on two sconces that would more or less disappear once installed. One challenge was that it would be very difficult to wire in a switch for them. The solution: no switch! Instead I'd use wifi bulbs that could just be programmed to come on in the evening.
 The lights were wired from behind, accessing them from an upstairs bedroom. As you can see, it took some doing to fish the wire through the wall... why waste all that time with fish tape when you can just punch a fist-size hole in the wall every six inches until the job is done? The finished look is just what I wanted. And wifi bulbs are neato

Warm Floors

I bought a new house this year, which means my creative labor has not been directed towards sexy woodworking projects but comparatively unsexy housework projects. So, I'll post a few entries on some of those projects, because, while not sexy, some have been pretty time intensive.

Ok, I might have under-sold the sexiness of some of the house projects, because the most recent one is decidedly sexy: heated floors! If that does not sound sexy to you, this is because you've never walked barefoot on a heated floor.

I only heated a small portion of floor, mind you. In the sun-room where we eat breakfast. The area only has an unheated crawlspace below and predictably the floor was downright frigid in the morning. Very uninviting for eating your breakfast cereal. So, I found a product that can slide right under the laminate floors I installed last spring. About $700 later, plus some amateur wiring, the heated floor is operational and feels reeeeeally nice.