KIDS' LOFT DESIGN - MOUNT VALLEY PROJECT
Things are moving along beautifully at the Mount Valley Project. In a few weeks I’ll be able to see the progress in person, but in the meantime I’m enjoying photo updates from my clients, and a local photographer. It’s super rewarding to see the designs go from being on paper to being built in actual space!
By way of explanation the clients wanted the loft to be a designated kids’ area. There’s actually a few different kids spaces throughout the house, but this one, in particular was designed to encourage creativity and quite play.
When we started working on this space I remember the client explaining how she wanted the space to draw her children in, to snuggle up with a book, or work on art projects. With that in mind, we set to work on designing a space that would create the kind of environment that the client wanted for her family.
BUILDING DESIGNER’S PLAN
As is always the case, in the process of designing, we became more aware of the potential challenges to the space if it was built as per the building designer’s plans.
Take a look.
Since this is a two story home, the window configurations and placements relate to one another from one floor to the next. This means to change one window placement might cause a chain reaction with the windows below. So with that in mind, we had to accept the imperfection. If this was a custom home, instead of a semi-custom, we would have been able to make adjustments to correct the problem.
You’ll see in the floor plans below that we extended the window wall on the left hand side, in such a way that it allowed for us to have equal distance on each side of the windows
Given the irregular, long, shallow floor plan, we divided the space into activity zones. This allowed for us to get the best use out of the space.
FLOOR PLAN OPTIONS
Besides the furniture layout notice, how the extended wall, and cabinet design creates visual balance.
*In this plan we included a double hanging swing.
*In this plan we included two, single hanging swing.
FINAL FLOOR PLAN
In the end, the clients decided to go with Plan B, which included picture lights, millwork frames for displaying framed art, window seat with library, and tons of storage.
JOB SITE PHOTO TOUR
At the top of this gorgeous stair case is the loft.
THE TAKE AWAY
Furniture and cabinetry give a room it’s purpose: they are what defines the kinds of activities that take place in a space.
No surprise that I love custom cabinets. If there was anything distinguishable about my designs, it would have to be the incorporation of beautifully designed cabinets. Besides purpose, cabinets add architectural style, and a custom feel to a space. Be sure to include an adequate budget for cabinetry.
Don’t forget millwork! Like custom cabinets, the extra detail will add esthetic dividends.
Did you notice all the electrical boxes through-out the site photos? They weren’t put there willy nilly. The locations of all the wall light were determined months before the wires were being ran for electrical. We were able to do that because during the design process, we designed around specific lighting selections, so we were sure to have that information to the electricians to work from.
Again, we see that with a few tweaks to a floor plan we were able to fine tune, and correct things on paper before it became too late. Be sure and do your due diligence during the design phase of the project. It will save costly, or even unsightly mistakes.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
A big shout out to all the hardworking, skilled contractors and sub-contractors who are working hard to build this stunning home.
And kudos to the clients who have worked tirelessly to see that their vision for their new home be realized.
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PHOTO CREDIT: Jessica White Photography