When building our home, our decisions were based primarily on cost and footprint. Our goal was to build something that fit our family's needs, keep the cost low, maintain a simple (yet unique) design, and work harmoniously with our surrounding environment.
We used a lot of reclaimed wood throughout our home, as well as recycled metal. Since lighting can be exceedingly expensive, that is one area where we tried to cut costs without compromising artistic details. We came up with an affordable alternative. For the lighting over our dining room table, we constructed a frame out of reclaimed wood and metal. We ran an outlet strip down the center to plug bulbs directly into. It hangs from the ceiling with lines of cable.