When searching for our new home my husband had just a couple of must-haves; his primary was a 2-story family room. I found the house with the family room with the help of our great realtor, Ginger, but not without some obstacles. The layout made the finished room a bit of a challenge, but I was up for it. The house also included my primary must-have, the Master Bedroom on the first floor!
I always turn to decorating magazines (House & Home and Veranda to name a couple), and I Google search websites that deal with this type of issue when I need some inspiration. Finding solutions to furniture arrangement in a room that has a fireplace that is off center on a wall, and pillars stuck at the end of a room as a divider, pushed my talents to a new level.
The photos you will see below are the BEFORE and AFTER photos which show the condition of the room when we purchased the house and changes we made prior to adding our furnishings.
Between the family room and living room is a hall leading to the Master Bedroom and a Powder Room. This area was divided by using 4 columns in the family room.
(Previous owner furnishings.)
The two center columns were removed once it was determined they were not load bearing by our structural engineer.
|White builder grade fans were replaced with Minka Aire,Tuscan style.|
These fans are not only energy efficient, but silent!
Existing track lighting was replaced with these eyeball
lights that focus light on the area above the mantle.
|By removing the columns the room was now open the complete depth of the house and painted a lighter more neutral color, Benjamin Moore HC-35 Powell Buff walls, 02 Super White trim and Ceiling.|
We decided to remove all of the existing carpeted areas on the first floor, and replace them with wood. We chose a vendor that we had never used before and after some of the floor had been installed, we realized that the quality standards did not meet what we required. We then chose another vendor with an Eco Friendly finish, and a much better grade, and manufacturing process. Mercier Select Maple was our final choice. This also allowed us to have very few imperfections in the grain, and a much stronger finish. We are very pleased with this product.
|Mercier wood floors during installation.|
The fireplace mantle, surround and hearth were all in need of an update. After searching for new tile ideas, I came upon a beautiful Carrera Hexagon Honed Marble that I fell in love with in the showroom. It is simple and beautiful, and just what I was looking for. My carpenter designed an exact template of our mantle,
increased the width and added some height. It was just the adjustment it needed.
|All ready for my Christmas garland and stockings!|
OUR NEW FAMILY ROOM
|I hope that you all enjoy my labors of love. I will be posting more renovations|
in the future.
Have a wonderful day!