Here are the 'befores' from the work. I am taking these pics from my new MacBook, not a real camera so I wasn't able to pick up on the details. And I, stupidly, waited too long to take the "afters" so the lighting blows on the pics I have. I'll have to post the 'afters' tomorrow.
[track lighting....never a good idea]
[barn pendant... not so bad if in someone else's space]
We got three different quotes for the work, two of which came in right about $600. The main expense of the work was going to be the addition of the flood light, because they had to wire it to the wall switch on the inside, and needed to cut through the indoor walls (and repair the walls) to get it up. A friend suggested we call one of their family friends and he came out right away and quoted us a third of the price. We scheduled a date (yesterday) and he was as dependable as can be (I understand this is a rare quality in his line of work).
[my beloved walls. when you are only working with 1100 sq. ft, every inch of your wall feels like miles]
Let me know if you need the name of my fabulous electrician! He works all over Northern Virginia and has an awesome crew that does BEAUTIFUL drywall patch ups and home remodeling!