Working with clients who trust your expertise and process enough to continue with the project even in the midst of a global pandemic has to be one of the highest compliments a designer can receive! Once again, we found ourselves working with clients who were just itching to make their home work for them long-term. They had purchased their property a couple of years earlier with the intention of settling in for good. This three-bedroom home checked so many boxes on their wish list: acreage, privacy, one-level living... The only thing missing was an amazing owner's suite they could live with and love forever. Thinking through their options, they decided that they could certainly make do with two bedrooms instead of three, combining the current owner's suite with the adjacent bedroom to make one large space. After many attempts to re-configure the spaces themselves, Cori Ashlyn Design was brought on to solidify a new floor plan and overall design that would provide them with the missing piece of their dream house puzzle.
The current owner's suite (pictured in the above left photo) was being swallowed up by furniture that was too large for the space and not roomy enough to be comfortable long-term. The attached bathroom's footprint featured one small vanity and a cramped shower that was definitely not ideal for two people sharing the space. The adjacent bedroom (pictured above right) was being utilized as an office, but could easily be relocated to another area of the house, freeing up valuable square footage. Two small closets in each bedroom were hardly functional enough to satisfy both owners' clothing storage needs. It all had to go!
Removing the closets separating the two rooms was certainly doable, but required the addition of a support beam to carry the load once those walls were removed. Framing in new walls on the left side where the existing office was provided space for a custom walk-in closet. Putting the new bathroom along the right of the existing owner's suite nearly tripled the footprint of the existing bathroom!
With a "rustic/industrial" design concept in place, complete with unexpected pops of color in some of our key elements, we were ready to implement a plan that was as unexpected as it was beautiful and functional.
By framing in the closet and bathroom on either side of the newly expanded bedroom space, it provides symmetry and balance. The large scale bed anchors the room while still providing space for additional seating and storage.
We decided on a soft white for the walls with a contrasting painted trim that we also carried on to each of the doors for some interest. The sliding barn doors leading into the new custom closet provide function while freeing up floor space.
We carried a warm, honey-colored wood flooring throughout to provide continuity and to visually expand the space even further. Our clients plan to eventually carry this same wide-plank flooring throughout the rest of the house they love it so much! (Spoiler alert: it's also waterproof making it the perfect addition to the newly expanded bathroom!).
Speaking of the bathroom....
Our clients were not afraid to go for it when it came to choosing a bold color for some of the large anchor pieces in their bathroom - namely THE VANITY! This gorgeous blue proved to be the perfect accent against the rest of our neutral backdrop.
We added under-cabinet lighting to the underside of the vanity to up the "cool factor" and also provide a practical night light when it's late.
The sliding barn door mirrors over the vanity were on our client's wishlist. The mirrors conceal custom recessed niches behind which provide ample storage for everyday items. We helped curb the farmhouse look that sometimes is attributed to barn door tracks by installing a glossy white picket tile as a backdrop. The shape of the tile is mirrored in an accent tile we installed in the shower.
By selecting a neutral, large-scale tile for the shower, it really plays up the contrast and color we brought in with the picket mosaic accent tile. It provided so much color and interest, we decided to install a wall-to-wall custom niche to really let it take center stage! A custom shower bench, made from the same material as the vanity countertop, provides the perfect spot to take a seat while letting the water from the ceiling-mounted rainhead shower wash away the day.
Our clients are ecstatic with how their newly expanded owner's suite turned out! This project showcases balanced and functional design at its best and we were so proud to be a part of it!