Interior Lighting

The majority of the interior lighting inside the Contemporary Cottage will be recessed lighting fixtures, recessed into the ceilings. 

Those not as familiar with recessed fixtures will see how those legs work in the following pictures...

Those not as familiar with recessed fixtures will see how those legs work in the following pictures...

We're using a 4" can made by HALO, as seen above. The electrical team begins by laying out string lines against the ceilings to guide the placement of the cans as according to the reflected ceiling and lighting plans. 

Notice the yellow string laid out on the ceiling. This is in the "master" bedroom, and you see the loft opening.

Notice the yellow string laid out on the ceiling. This is in the "master" bedroom, and you see the loft opening.

In this room's case, cans will be placed where the string lines intersect. 

Work happens quickly and the cans are placed between the rafters. You'll see the legs and how they get screwed into the joists themselves. The arms act as tracks and the fixture itself can slide along there as per necessary location between the joists. 

Work happens quickly and the cans are placed between the rafters. You'll see the legs and how they get screwed into the joists themselves. The arms act as tracks and the fixture itself can slide along there as per necessary location between the joists. 

What you don't see in the pictures above is the work and thinking that went on before the electrical team came for installation. While framing, once the roof rafters were laid out, we did a walk thru with the framer and contractor to see where the fixtures would end up and whether or not we might have any conflicts. There usually are a few fixtures that happen to fall on certain structural members.

While this isn't the same master bedroom, it's one of the few pictures I could find where we marked the lighting fixtures. Along with the circle and "X" for the fixture itself, there are also markings on the floor that show where the locations of the roof joists. 

While this isn't the same master bedroom, it's one of the few pictures I could find where we marked the lighting fixtures. Along with the circle and "X" for the fixture itself, there are also markings on the floor that show where the locations of the roof joists. 

Here's the actual master bedroom before the string lines were tacked. Look carefully, and you'll see a few of the lighting fixture locations marked on the floor. Bonus note, our contractor pays extra special attention to things like wall insulation in places that will be hard to reach later. You'll see that lower blocking areas have been hand pre-filled with insulation in case the wall insulation has a hard time making its way into those crevices later on. Smart move!

Here's the actual master bedroom before the string lines were tacked. Look carefully, and you'll see a few of the lighting fixture locations marked on the floor. Bonus note, our contractor pays extra special attention to things like wall insulation in places that will be hard to reach later. You'll see that lower blocking areas have been hand pre-filled with insulation in case the wall insulation has a hard time making its way into those crevices later on. Smart move!

Constant coordination is really key to a smooth project. Things like laying out the lighting on the floor and the contractor always thinking two steps ahead so there are no delays and gaps in trades moving in and out are all key to making this cottage come together so quickly. 

This shot is from the kitchen looking into the entry hall. The electrician made a little makeshift work table to read the plans and go about his business. You'll notice the string light in the center of the hall for the hall and kitchen fixtures. You'll also notice the blue boxes above where the kitchen counters will be for receptacle outlets. 

This shot is from the kitchen looking into the entry hall. The electrician made a little makeshift work table to read the plans and go about his business. You'll notice the string light in the center of the hall for the hall and kitchen fixtures. You'll also notice the blue boxes above where the kitchen counters will be for receptacle outlets. 

Things are coming along nicely at the Palo Alto Contemporary Cottage. Interior trades are lined up and the roofers will come tomorrow to roll out the TPO membrane. Roofing should just be a couple of days since it's so straight forward. Until next time, enjoy the view from the roof below:

Enjoying the sunset on our new roof.

Enjoying the sunset on our new roof.