Lighting, closets, electronics and audio/video
Proper grounding of electrical outlets, increased digital connectivity, a desire to move audio components from the living room, and a desire to remove space-consuming lamps led to significant changes, but using a minimum of lights. All switches and wall plates were changed to the decorator style. In-ceiling lighting, with the option to change the angle to highlight a wall or picture, was added in the master bedroom and hallway. In the master bedroom, 2-way control was set up for an adjustable slotted fixture on each side of the bed, eliminating the requireement of a bedside table lamp, again for space reasons. The adjustable fixtures also allowed other placements of the bed while maintaining that lighting control without beside lamps. Wall hangings will be added on each side of the bed which will be highlighted by the overhead lights.
In the living room, we did not want to puncture the beautiful whitewashed redwood ceiling; however, the room remained dark due to the lack of overhead lighting and a deep overhang over the large sliding door. Our solution was to invert track lighting and install on the top side of the beams. This allowed us to place uplighting and gooseneck downlighting / highlight with only a small hidden wiring hole.
Closets and storage
Closet space was a significant issue in this 1960-era house. To maximize efficiency, a modular system was installed, double-tiering the hanging racks. Shelves were installed in these closets as well, to reduce the need for dresser space. This new system of racks and shelves allowed us to hide small televisions out of sight in closets in the office and master bedroom!
Network and sound
In addition, the house was wired for network and sound, and outlets were grounded. Cables were run for coax, ethernet, and speaker connections. A Bang and Olufsen multi-room configuration was set up in the office, and connected to the DVD system in the living room, thus allowing older formats (records, tapes) to be stored in the bedroom and played from there, while audio from the living room system could be distributed to the rest of the house.
(above) 1. Records and tape units moved to the office, sound available throughout the house 2. Audio in/out, cable (coax) in, phone in, ethernet out to other rooms from DSL modem / router. 3. multiple grounded outlets (l), and ethernet, phone (3 lines) and coax (right) in to office.
(above) 1. Speaker connections (from closets where multiroom distribution boxes are) 2. Automated sunrise clock. 3. Control center for automated music (wake up to classical radio Monday- Wednesday, jazz Thursday, and rock on Friday!)