Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jay's Vermont Site Visit - "Everything Looks Good on Paper"

There is an old saying that "everything looks good on paper" and while that is often true, it generally leads to the reality that, often, the best way to truly coordinate a lighting design is to get everyone together on-site and work out the details. I had the opportunity to do just that this past weekend on a private residence in Vermont. The home is constructed of reclaimed barn timbers and planking and much of the lighting is nestled in and around the various junctions of these overhead beams. If this were modern milled timber, things would be much more straight forward, but being aged timbers and rough hewn beams, all measurements became approximate. 

The arrows indicate a cardboard marker!

So to ensure that everyone was on the same page as far as luminaire placement, and to compensate for some of the changes and adjustments which have been made during the construction process, I spent a few hours with the electrical contractor, the general contractor, and the homeowners placing cardboard markers at all of the luminaire locations in the home. This allowed us to be sure everyone was happy with the luminaire placements prior to any of the electrical services being cut into the wooden beams. This kind of hands on collaboration is the kind of effort that we at Abernathy Lighting Design pride ourselves on. Sometimes, the best way to get it right is to go out into the field and get your boots dirty!

~ Jay

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