Bringing Nature Indoors
Nov 04, 2014 08:00AM
By Anita Wiechman
A homeowner with vision and great taste. An expert contractor with experienced subcontractors. A home with “great bones.” Bring them all together and you get an interior designer’s dream!
The client imagined the almost 30-year-old home nestled in pine trees near Springfield, Neb., in a new light—one with updated amenities, including an amazing kitchen situated in an open floor plan to accommodate her frequent entertaining. We saw the potential of additional windows to blend the home’s interior with the surrounding, picturesque vistas.
The contractor, ADC Homes, removed the raised floor and walls of the hexagon-shaped dining room, as well as the entry closet in executing the spacious plan. An additional oversized window created a continuous window wall running the length of the back of the house, further complementing the open plan. The new, professional-style kitchen includes Subzero appliances as well as a Professional Wolf Range and microwave drawer. As an expert cook, the homeowner opted not to build in wall ovens, but decided instead to utilize the oven of the 48” range and a 30” single oven set in a secondary island. Together we chose two granites and two cabinet finishes for the kitchen space.
New plumbing fixtures, granite, and tile were selected for the entire home. Showers were updated and enlarged while doorways were repositioned to create larger bath spaces. Carpeting was removed in the public areas of the home, and the existing wood floor was expanded and refinished in a darker, richer stain. Neutral wool carpeting was used in the bedroom wing of the home, while a leopard-print carpet was employed both on the steps leading to the lower level and in the lower-level family room.
New furniture now mingles with the client’s favorite existing furnishings to create separate spaces in serving the aims of an open plan that allows for an easy flow of movement among family and friends.
Guests now feel cozy and comfortable in settings that are intimate yet integrated into an overall scheme that makes this space great for parties.