There’s nothing more satisfying than watching the transformation of a project. When it has involved construction and I’ve been a part of the design from the onset, I feel like a proud mother hen watching her chicks hatch.
You might recall, from an earlier post, my English style home remodeling project where the desire was to let in more light and and to expand a view from the master bedroom. The challenge was the lot had a steep slope and it would have required a large expense to build out an additional lower porch or room, to support the overhanging structure. We decided to blow out the wall to an adjacent screened in porch. While the porch was only 60” in depth, it provided just enough space for a solarium/observation spot.
Here’s the before view. And I mean it was a before. This client had a house flood which got the ball rolling on the idea of “while the house is all apart, why not . . . . .” The bed was on the back wall and it was kind of lost. This Ralph Lauren beauty needs to be in the spotlight! It’s now on the opposite wall with an advantage of the view, below.
Today: Painting, cleaning, tweaking. The husband is an avid reader and they didn’t have a place to store his books. There will be two solid doors and a pair of glass doors added to the bookcase. We needed to keep a header for structural support, so columns were placed at either end of the bookcase for an assist as well as for design. A chair and ottoman will cozy up to it as if it were a fireplace.
Before: Great view and observation spot. The landscaping is in progress so it will be a bit more verdant in a few weeks.
Today’s view: During the home stretch. The screens have been replaced by roll-out windows and a radiant-heated tile floor helps keep it climate-controlled on chilly days . . . and it addressed some issues that would be far too boring to read about. We’re doing motorized shades that will disappear when privacy isn’t needed. The ceiling is painted in 1/2 formula, Benjamin Moore Whippoorwill, which is in full strength in the adjacent master bedroom. We added some short shelves for display of pottery and art glass pieces. I think it feels like a lovely solarium, don’t you?
Move in begins this weekend and the nesting will begin! Pardon me if I cluck a little. :)