We are starting construction today on a project where we are updating most of the main living areas. One of the areas of most concern for our clients is the small bar off of the family room. They have a large hole in one of the walls because they had leak occur during Harvey. They fixed the leak but then decided they wanted to do something more than just a plain sheet rock wall again. But what should they do?
The challenge with the bar is that it is located in a corner that is open to every main living area of the home – both formal and casual. So, whatever we do in there must flow with everything. They told me they had landed on stacked stone because they couldn’t think of anything else, what did I think? My answer was No for two main reasons:
- Their home is a very classically traditional home and the furnishings they had already explained must stay only reinforced that. Stacked stone is not in keeping with that aesthetic so it would only date the remodel of the space rather than be a timeless solution.
- Stacked stone is a material that is very bossy and heavy visually. The bar is such a small space, the stone would overpower it and make it feel like the wall was closing in on you.
I knew immediately that the solution for the space was to create a custom wainscotting pattern for the space and apply it to all the walls in the bar. This would make the bar a beautiful focal point that anchors the other rooms and creates a classic, subtle texture for the walls that they were looking for. The wainscotting in the dining room is the inspiration for the patterned that has been designed.
In addition to the wall treatment, we are also addressing a few more items in space that needed to be resolved. Besides the hole in the wall, the other glaring problem I saw was the arched pass thru leading to the dining room. It had been made in a previous remodel. Though I understand the reasoning behind its existence, the height and craftsmanship of it needed to be adjusted.
As you can see from the lines I drew on the photo above, the bar arch (on the left that you can not see as well) is shorter than the arched opening right adjacent to it. You can see this from another angle in one of the previous photos. Because they are in the same line of visual sight, they need to be the same height. So, we are raising it so they match.
The arch is not a completely clean and symmetrical one; so, we are going to smooth it out while we are raising it up. It will be SO much better. 🙂
In addition to the wall treatment and arch, we are also addressing a couple more items in space that needed to be resolved. If you noticed in some of the pictures, there is a small stand alone wine rack in the bar. We decided to get rid of that and redesign the cabinet in there to house wine coolers and glass storage. We are going to incorporate a pull out drawer behind the center door with wine glass dividers. I am particularly excited about this feature. It’s the little things that get me! 🙂
We are also moving the can lighting over the sink to a more central location in the small space and replacing it with a gold fixture.
Below are elevations drawn for the space that give you an idea of what the new bar will look like when we are done.
Stay tuned for how it turns out; I can’t wait to share it with you!
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