We’re in the lighting phase of our new home. In other words, lighting installation is happening now. The electrician and his crew have been busy the last few days.
As soon as we broke ground on the house, I started shopping for lighting fixtures. Originally, it was going to take around six months to build. We passed that date six months ago. It’s now been over a year.
I knew that some things would be on backorder, so I used the measurements of the room and the height of the ceilings to determine the size of my lights. You can read more about how to figure out the perfect size lights here.
Helpful Hint: Don’t go too small on over-the-island pendant lights! It’s a mistake that a lot of people make.
After the electrician and his crew started hanging the lights (I made sure I was there to micro-manage) I realized I had made an oopsie.
My Entryway Pendant Lights Are Not Going To Work
The entryway lights were the right width but they were way too tall for the 10′ ceiling in the foyer. I must have forgotten to measure the height of my favorite gold-leaf pendant lights. Even with the chains removed, they hung down way too far.
I had ordered the lights from Lamps Plus and they arrived via a freight truck (not UPS or FedEx). I knew they were in huge boxes but I thought it was extra padding because the lights were not cheap.
Thankfully everything worked out and I purchased smaller pendant lights for the entryway. I actually found them on Amazon. These lights definitely fit the space. Live and learn!
I plan on using the original gold-leaf pendant lights in my bedroom and bathroom because they have very high vaulted ceilings. They will work perfectly there. (Breathes big sigh of relief!)
I had to say so long to the beautiful ceiling fan that I had promised my husband he could have in the bedroom. I gifted it to one of my daughters.
Great Room Light Mishap
The only other light that didn’t work out was the great room light. The light in the photo below is what I ordered.
Isn’t it gorgeous?
Unfortunately, my chandelier had a defect and didn’t look like the photo above. Wayfair is awesome about replacing or refunding so I received a refund and ordered a different chandelier. I ordered the one below. I’ll share photos once it arrives and is installed.
The above chandelier is by Laurel Foundry. You can see more details of the light here.
Also, the recessed lighting and all things electrical are going in this week.
The white oak flooring has been installed throughout the house. The tile is going down and should be complete within a couple of weeks.
What’s Left to Do Now?
The electrical boxes have been on backorder for a while. They should be in on Wednesday so we should get electricity soon.
There was an error made regarding the size of the brick pillars that hold up the exterior columns. That should be fixed soon.
What else is left to do?
- The remaining cabinets need to be installed.
- Painters have to come back and put the final coat of paint on the inside, paint my tongue and groove porch ceilings haint blue, and paint the columns. Oh, and stain the staircase, but that’s one of the very last things that will happen.
- The shiplap above the brick portion of the fireplace needs to go up and my 1800s barn beam mantel installed. (I can hardly wait for that!)
- Septic Tank and Gas Tank Installed (not together of course)
- HVAC and Plumbing will finish up on their end.
- The trim guy will come back and finish up.
- Concrete Driveway & Walkway Poured
- Appliances will be installed.
- A cleaning crew will come in and clean the house from top to bottom.
- Final walkthrough and Certificate of Occupancy
- Move-In Day!!
So, it may look like a lot but it’s really not that much left to do.
I do hope my cooktop gets here soon. It’s been almost a year since I ordered kitchen appliances and all have arrived except for my cooktop.
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