Solar Tubes…A Bright Idea!

Untitled design (2)Living in Oregon where the winters can be grey and dreary having a home with lots of natural light can be essential.  One way to help provide that light is through a solar tube. I just so happen to  have a solar tube in my master bathroom.  Unfortunately I don’t quite enjoy the benefits of it that one might traditionally see due to the giant picture window located above my tub.  Why builders do this is beyond me, but that is a question for another time.

Since I haven’t gotten to see how well they work I was excited for the opportunity to see just how much light they provide at my most recent listing.  You see it has a laundry room and main bathroom which both have no windows in.  Both rooms have a solar tube in them providing enough light that most of the time you do not need to flip the light switch on during the day, in addition to helping to keep the hallway nice and bright.  As you can see here in my video solar tubes…a bright idea!

You may be wondering what a solar tube is, and why it might be better than a skylight in some applications?  Well, a solar tube will typically be comprised of a rooftop dome that uses a highly reflective tube to take in the suns rays and transfers them to the inside of the home.  The tube itself is typically compact and adjustable which allows for an easier configuration than a traditional skylight meaning you  have the ability to avoid attic obstructions.  Since a solar consists of a modular design you can customize it to any length you need, sometimes up to 40 feet.  This versatility over a traditional skylight means that natural light can be brought into interior spaces where a traditional skylight cannot reach.  I was honestly amazed by how much light the solar tubes provided in my listing, even when it was pouring rain outside.  Now that I know the full power of a solar tube I can think of several rooms in my home that would benefit from them.



Artist Trading Cards???

The other day I was reading the Hillsboro Tribune online and came across an article by Monica Salazar that talked about artist trading cards.  My first reaction was what on earth is this, however the beautiful photograph that accompanied the article intrigued me.

Artist Trading Cards aka ATC began in Switzerland in the late 1990s by the Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann.  ATC is sometimes called performance art, and is a community exchange.  The only rule is that those who choose to be a part of the ATC must make their cards 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″.  The point of minimal rules is to allow artists to experiment with textures, designs and whatever materials they would like.

Most major cities around the world have ATC exchanges where artists can trade the cards that they make.  So when I saw that North Plains has an ATC  group I wanted to know more.   Marie Buckley coordinates the group which meets at the North Plains Public Library.

Buckley established the group in 2016, and they meet the third Thursday of each month.  The group has a theme for each meeting, which they keep pretty open-ended to allow artists creative interpretation of the theme.  The only additional rule besides the size is that one side of the card must have personal artwork on it, while the other side contains the artists contact information.

If you would like to learn more I encourage you to check out the North Plains ATC group or check out YouTube as there are lots of tutorials.