MASTER BEDROOM DESIGN & MAKE-OVER
Welcome to the master bedroom make-over for the Angle Heights Project, a custom home that was built in the 2000’s.
EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
One quick look of the floor plan shows that there are some space challenges with the existing plan. Although the space is large, when it was originally designed it's almost like the architect or designer incorporated all the odd angles of the house into the master bedroom.
Besides the angles, notice the odd projection coming into the space near the bedroom door. On the opposite wall, notice the small corner fireplace and how it also projects into the space, creating a ledge above it.
Aside from the things noted, the space has some beautiful features too. The sliding door, and window wall let in lots of natural light and the vaulted ceiling makes the space feel open and airy. Though the camera view didn't catch the beam in the photos, there is one that runs from the above the door, centered on the window wall.
CLIENTS WISH-LIST FOR THE SPACE
- New furniture, lighting, accessories and paint
- Include a more functional, comfortable desk / work space
- Include a comfortable chair and ottoman for lap top work, relaxing and watching TV
- Include TV
Besides, incorportating the clients' whish list for the space, I had my own design objectives that included the following:
- Squaring-off any unusual angles, where possible
- To make visual sense of the projecting, as you enter the room, and to the left
- Improve on the fireplace
- Turn the drywall beam into a feature by wrapping it in wood veneer
I'll start by sharing the design board with the furniture, lighting and accessory selections. The clients wanted a warm, yet modern feel with navy blue being a part of the color-scheme.
FLOOR PLAN - OPTION A
It’s important to point out that the built-in desk designs are the secret sauce in being able to clean up the odd angles while camouflaging the odd projection. Notice how I squared the projection off, and then made it look like part of the cabinet design by adding a panel facade.
FLOOR PLAN - OPTION B
The existing fireplace is way too small for the large bedroom space, and besides that it looks very much like an afterthought. Fireplaces should have stature and prominence otherwise we give up an important opportunity to add style and design to a space.
Notice, in the plan view how I extended the fireplace out from the corner so it could have greater scale. This allowed space for a mantel, corbels and even a shallow hearth. Here it is in the elevation view.
THE TAKE AWAY
- In awkward spaces, consider designing custom cabinetry to help hide any spatial imperfection like I did with this project. The cabinets will also add a beautiful custom look while providing increased function to the space.
- To avoid a dated look, consider eliminating ledges by continuing the drywall all the way to the ceiling. Besides being a dust-collector, not having the ledge also keeps people from feeling the need to somehow accessories it.
- Consider adding wood veneer to drywall beams. This will make all the difference in how a space looks and feels!
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