GLASS HOUSE: Before and after
This house with gorgeous views of the trees, lake and unique architectural features, including large floor to ceiling windows, was built in the 1970’s. The only area that was updated since the 70s by the previous owners was the kitchen. Designed by the local architect, Lane Williams, as a clean and modern space, it became an inspiration for the overall design of the first floor.
As usual, we came up with 2 drastically different concepts that accommodated all of our clients’ requirements:
create an open and airy feel;
redesign the fireplace to make it more modern;
include a comfortable TV watching area; open the view from the kitchen to the living and dining rooms;
create a modern space;
add plenty of storage.
The homeowners had a hard time choosing between the options as both designs had some spectacular features.
Finally, the decision was made, and the work began. We achieved an open feel, without losing the sense of separation, by incorporating a custom suspended shelving system. It created definition between the hallway and the dining room but allowed the homeowners to have a clear view from the kitchen. This is, perhaps, one of our favorite design features to date. We also added tall minimalistic European wardrobe-type cabinets for miscellaneous storage in the dining room, that provided ample storage. By opening up the wall between the hallway and the living room, we let the natural light travel freely and capitalized on the view to the outside. We designed custom millwork for a built-in TV and fireplace unit to create a seamless entertainment wall without making the TV a prominent focal point. Sleek modern architectural chandelier adds movement and sculptural element to the space.
Several new furniture pieces, accessories and art, complete this stunning, family friendly space that our clients will hopefully enjoy for years to come.