As a kid, I always wanted a place to call my own. For awhile, it was the Guest Room closet. It was above the stairs, so it stepped up into a small but adequate space at the top that was not practical to store anything in. So it was my realm until I got too tall to sit up straight in it and realized that I wanted to have friends visit to plan our secret activities. I am sure they were classified…
So of course I jumped at the chance to design this kid friendly zone for a family of 6 who wanted to accommodate their kids who needed some space to be … kids. This included a small kitchenette, a TV area, guest bedroom, play room and bathroom. Simple, right?
It was simple, except for the giant soffit jutting out into the middle of the space I wanted to make awesome. With no hope of eliminating the duct work inside of it, I decided to embrace it. The solution was a closet. Super exciting, no? Ok, I admit that a closet seems a bit boring, but it provided needed storage and it took care of the ceiling issue. It also was located in a place where nothing was going to happen anyway. (It was not logical to have seating there and the stairs were right behind the wall, so there was no option to have a door there.)
So now there was a closet. Now I needed something exciting. I wanted an accent wall, not just paint, people! It had to have t.e.x.t.u.r.e, but be durable. I decided a “plank wall” would be perfect. When I told Rob, I could see him thinking, “And now I have to make this happen, because that’s my JOB.” We did a “mock up” of what we were planning to do and the owner loved it! Then we built it….I love the way it looks, but it took more time that we had planned. Stay tuned for a breakdown of how we did it.
Did I mention that there is a hidden door in the “plank wall” that leads to a Play Room? I thought it was quite fun to dazzle the building inspector and open a door that he did not notice was there to reveal a “secret room” full of toys.
Due to the shape of the space, there was a nook that was perfect for a table for playing games or doing homework. The owner picked out a great table that has chairs that swing out to sit on and then swing under the table when they are not in use. I put on my 10 year old thinking cap and realized that we definitely needed a chalkboard for keeping score, practicing spelling words and doing math problems. I have to write on there every time I go over there. Its awesome.
The map mural was an idea I originally had planned to use on the TV wall, but the wall was too long and we wanted to see the entire map and the ocean was not big enough for the TV. I admit, that sounds a bit strange… So the map migrated to the Game area and I am so glad it did! Its a great way to learn about the world without even realizing it. I wish I could say that I installed this 8 piece vinyl sticker, but nope. The money we spent for the installation was worth every penny. They thought of things that I would have never considered. They cut around and moved Australia and Hawaii and shifted Alaska over to fit everything on the wall. The colors on the accent walls are pulled from the map.
The Kitchenette turned out to be a great place for serving snacks and drinks. It features an ice machine and a glass front refrigerator.The bar seating provides an additional place for kids to play games if there is a movie playing on the other TV.
The “wood” flooring is LVT (luxury vinyl tile). This stuff has a wood “look” but is vinyl and can be installed on a concrete slab. We needed a hard surface from the sliding glass door to the bathroom because of the hot tub on the patio would require flooring that would hold up to wet feet. The curved line that separates the carpet and the LVT was needed to give the Family Room a little more space with carpet and allow the hard surface to be at the exterior entrance to the basement.
This was a fun space to design because I got to think like a 10 year old again and do some custom details that you don’t see every day. I think everyone wants a space to relax and just be…
What does your ultimate hang out look like?