COLUMN MAKE-OVER & DESIGN PLANS
In our first phone chat, my client from the Young Dream Project described what was bothering her about the 1990’s entry and dining room of the house they had recently purchased. There were four overarching architectural details that were on the top of her list to make-over.
Columns with arched doorway
Wainscotting and chair rail
And last but not least, was the idea of opening up the space between the dining room and leaving room.
BEFORE PHOTO & FLOOR PLAN
With further discussion we came up with a complete design plan, with a list of updated changes for the space, that included shiplap on the ceiling & board and batten for the walls.
COLUMN AND ARCHED DOORWAY DESIGN
Once I saw the space in person, I was immediately inspired by the deeply cased windows that already existed in the dining room. So with that my mind started to race with the ideas of removing the columns and using that space to beef up the opening into the dining room, casing it and wrapping it in wood…a classic traditional feel but with a fresh interruption.
From there, I set to work with design plans and elevations for the columns and arched opening that would be repeated on the newly opened wall. I provided my clients with a couple of different options. Notice the different ceiling heights between the entry and dining room views that I had to consider and design around, making sure that there was plenty of room not to crowd the trim around the opening on the dining room sides.
After careful review with the contractor, the clients decided on Option B, and though you’re going to need to come back to see how it all turned out, I can assure you that the AFTER photos are stunning! Here’s a sneak peek.
THE TAKE AWAY
Did you catch when I shared that my inspiration for the design of the cased openings actually came from the design elements that were already in the space, specifcally the beautiful, deep cased windows? It might not sound like that big of a deal, but in reality it is huge point when it comes to good design with remodel and renovation projects.
Let me step up on my soapbox just for a minute…it would be one thing if throughout the entire house old trims and door styles were being removed but if some of it’s going to be retained, it is essential that it isn’t ignored! The trims and door styles are what helps define the architectural style of a house. It is essential that the new ties into the old. My goal for remodels and renovations is to make sure anything new looks cohesive to what’s existing.
Thanks for following along. Check back soon to see how the changes turned out.
SNEAK PEEK PHOTO CREDIT: JAYLENE CROSBY / THIS SOJOURN LIFE