In the family room, we built a brand new fireplace on the far wall, including framing the new wall for the fire box and adding all of the functional interior and exterior components. Our goal was to make the fireplace and its stone hearth and surround look like they had always been part of the house.
Continuing the theme of clean, clutter-free spaces, we included hidden wiring for the audio/visual components in the design, as well as an outlet blended into the top of the mantle for invisibly plugging in seasonal decorations or other items. We also left open space on top of the tall, closed cabinets for displaying artwork or collections.
Small details like these make spaces more livable and flexible — and easier to clean!
Although most people think of hallways as just a way to get from one room to another, they can also add to the overall personality and utility of a home.
The original, dimly lit hallway ran from the garage entry to the rest of the house and included an unnecessary nook (which also tended to collect clutter). When we removed the load-bearing wall between the kitchen and great room, we not only opened up the cased opening between the front entryway and great room but also were able to enlarge the opening, which made the entryway feel more spacious and light-filled.
The new design for the hallway required us to move the laundry room door, eliminate the nook, and build a deeper closet. We then replaced the plain double closet door with a decorative, mullioned door that gives an enticing peek into the room beyond. We even backlit the new door to create an attractive visual feature at the end of the long hall. We gave the hallway another touch of style by swapping the outdated can lights with beautiful hanging lanterns, replacing the old vinyl flooring with warm wood, and sprucing up the walls with a fresh coat of paint.
To give the space a functional boost, we built a new, large walk-in pantry, making it easy for the homeowners to bring the groceries directly in from the garage and put them away — no piling them up on the kitchen counters or floor!
Finally, we installed a new vanity, lighting, and hardware in the half-bath off the hallway, punching up its personality with a bold, graphic wallpaper.
Details matter in home renovation, and our talented team of partners collaborated to make sure every piece came together seamlessly and attractively.