My Convertible Life

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Friday's 5: Family Room Remodel

Part three of an occasional series about what I'm enjoying in my "new" house one year after we started our big renovation project.

The dining room isn't the only space that will feel different for the holidays this year -- the family room got a total overhaul as well. Last year we were able to get a tree in there about a week before Christmas, but the room was otherwise mostly empty given that most of our belongings were boxed up in the guest room or stashed in  a pod in our driveway.

Now we have a brand new room to enjoy (although it's still the same old furniture) -- we took out a load-bearing column that chopped up the space, installed a steel beam in the ceiling to support the second floor, added recessed lighting, replaced the floor and completely changed the focal wall of the room (as a reminder, I don't recommend tackling a project like this without consulting a good architect first). Within all those changes, here are the details that I like best about the space...

1. Bookcases: The biggest feature we added to the room is the built-in bookcases flanking the fireplace. As lifelong book nerd and former English teacher, I love having books out and available. There are still more books in boxes upstairs, but at least I've got lots out where I can see them. Plus, what you don't see are all the toys tucked away inside those cabinets.
2. Dictionary shelf: In case having lots of books isn't nerdy enough for you, I also love being able to have a big, fat dictionary open and ready. Yes, I know you can look up anything on the internet. But it's just not the same.
3. Fireplace with mantel: Our old fireplace had a crumbling brick facade and no mantel -- nothing for hanging stockings or displaying treasures. Now we have sparkly mica tile (complete with a keystone) and a gorgeous mantel that ties into the book cases on either side. IT's so pretty that we didn't want to cover it up with a big fireplace screen (and it's just gas logs anyway), so we found this funky metal design with leaves and birds -- a great bit of quirky on an otherwise traditional design.
4. Media cabinet: No, this photo doesn't look pretty. But that's exactly the point. All those cables and boxes and electronics stay hidden inside that cabinet below the TV. And thanks to some kind of magical sensor that my husband installed, the remote works through the wood cabinet doors to run the TiVo box inside.
5. Trim work: The beautiful molding around the bookcases isn't the only trim detail in the room. Our talented architect and carpenter (who also created the bookcases and mantel) added a column effect at the corners of the room, which is open to the kitchen on one end and the foyer/hall on the other end. It's a great touch that helps separate the room (and the wall colors) without taking up any real space in the floor plan.

What little details make your family room great? Or what projects are you plotting to turn the space into the room you're imagining?

Check out the rest of this series...
- Part 1: Powder Room
- Part 2: Dining Room
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33 comments:

  1. Love all the built-ins and details! Beautiful!

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  2. Why do you have to go making me sooooo jealous!?!? I love your built-in bookshelves. They are glorious. We had some wonderful ones in the Bronx, and I hope to have some again!

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  3. Hello. i stumbled upon your blog and love the bookcases... May I ask what kind of primer and paint you used for the bookcases and the columns?

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    1. We hired a painter (which I highly recommend doing), but I believe he just used regular primer and trim paint on everything.

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    2. I really wish they would show how these columns were made..what wood...i really would love to do this in my home

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    3. How was this made, would love to see the plans!

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    4. I don't have plans for it -- we hired a fantastic finish carpenter. You can see his work at https://www.facebook.com/KestersonFC. If you're in NC, I really recommend hiring Matt.

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  4. Can you tell me about the magical sensor that works through wooden doors, that's exactly what I need desperately!!!

    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Cindy -- it's called Next Generation Remote Control Extender. You can find it on Amazon.
      :) Cyndi

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  5. Hi I like the trim work, can I pin it? Shuttermom77 atgmail dot com

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    1. Sure -- just be sure it links back to the post. Thanks!

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  6. Love the room trim detail.. would you mind sharing a pic of the boton too? Id love to do this in my house but our two rooms have seperate floor type too (carpet and hardwood). Thank you for shareing.

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    1. ;) Are you on Twitter? I can tweet a picture to you if you like. It basically ties into the baseboard at the bottom. We used to have two different floorings there, too, but replaced all the downstairs with hardwoods in the remodel.

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  7. Yes I am on twitter--thebeerlasso is my twitter name :) Thanks

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  8. The pilaster your finish carpenter created on the outside corner is supurb work. We installed something similar in our kitchen to help divide up the space.

    You have an excellent finish carpenter. Hang on to him!

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    1. Thanks, Ken. We do love Kesterson Finish Carpentry - Matt does fantastic work.

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  9. What paint brand and colors are in the #5 trim picture?

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    1. It's all Sherwin-Williams paint -- Analytical Gray in the family room and Hinting Blue in the kitchen.

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  10. What are the paint color names of the blue and green? Love the trim on the corners!

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    1. It's all Sherwin-Williams paint -- Analytical Gray in the family room and Hinting Blue in the kitchen.

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    2. What's the name of the green in the hall way?

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    3. It's not actually green, it's a taupe-y sort of gray. Sherwin-Williams Analytical Gray.

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  11. Love the idea of seperating wall colors with trim. You might like to know that I saw your idea on a this website:http://pinsforyourhome.com/2013/01/29/separate-your-wall-colors-this-is-such-a-good-idea-i-dont-like-two-colors-coming-together-on-a-corner-and-this-is-the-fix-for-that-this-would-also-be-a-great-fix-for-the-beat-up-corners-in-the-hou-2/ and it had no attribution or link back. I believe in credit where it's due and thought you might want to look into this.

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    1. Thank you! Have contacted them -- really appreciate your letting me know.

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  12. I really LOVE this idea & would like my hubby to do it in my house. I see this posted a lot on Pinterest but just has a picture & no instructions. I realize you had a carpenter build it but how & what materials if known? What kind of molding? Can you buy the materials at Home Depot or Lowes? I appreciate any info ...Thank you! :)

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    1. I have no idea -- we just let Matt Kesterson work his magic. As far as I know, it's just regular wood that you could get from any supply store. The magic is in how he puts it all together.

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  13. What is the color of white paint?

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  14. Hi! May I see a pic of the bottom of the "column"? It is lovely!

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  15. Looks great! Could you share a pic of the bottom of the 'pillar'?

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