This small play room was created off of the main living space to help keep clutter and projects from invading the living room. The double pocket doors help the room feel larger when open while offering the option for closing the room off.
Reclaimed beams are used thoughout this home. Besides adding character they tie together the formal and casual spaces of the home. They also help define the separation of space in a relatively open home.
The large expanse of glass helps this small room feel much larger and connects the interior with the exterior. The 8’ wide sliding door to the room beyond provides flexibility for the use of the space and helps continue the view of the mountain range (when the door is open).
A master suite was created out of an old attic space. Skylights brighten the room and help the ceiling feel higher. Low cost dressers were built in to act as both the stair guardrail and for extra storage. To keep costs down kitchen butcher block was used for the tops. The result looks custom, but for a fraction of the cost. Additional closets were created out of the low ceiling areas.
It is often the small details that make a space work to its best potential. None of these mud rooms are very large. However having the space is a necessity for a family. Just a few hooks, baskets and a bench is all that is needed to help contain the clutter. Since these spaces are so small they have open doorways to the adjacent spaces. Yet the wall where the clutter goes is designed to be hidden from the adjacent room. In the last photo the last bay of kitchen cabinets was designed to hide a coat closet.
The owners of this home opted for a 3rd floor playroom since their home had no basement. Creating this finished attic room was a more cost effective solution than digging out the basement. The room also provides good access to attic storage space and lots of nooks and crannies for playing hide and seek!
Both of these basement stairs were designed to be open and to create a bright connection to the lower level. Yet they each have unique character of design. The traditional stair has a large landing to help the transition to the basement and so it does not feel cramped. The space under the landing was transformed into a built in play room. When the kids get older, the space can easily transform to more storage. The modern stair utilized exterior insulation in order to leave the concrete foundation wall exposed. The concrete creates a great texture, allowed for a wider stair and also acts as a thermal mass.
This bar finishes off the ultimate basement hangout. Its simple but rustic décor was inexpensive to install and the light finish keeps the basement feeling light and airy.
Vaulted ceilings help these smaller bedrooms feel large. What was originally the exterior chimney was left in place and exposed to act as a design feature at this new 2nd floor.
The large sliding door creates a great indoor / outdoor living connection. The deck was constructed at the same height as the interior floor level. During warm months the owners can set up a table extending inside through to the outside to sit over 20 for dinner. On more casual days the door stays open prompting the owners to spend more time outside.