A Renovation Story: Wreck Room to Rec Room
What do you call a room like this. Family Room? Living Room? Rec Room? Bonus Room? For consistency, let’s call it a Rec Room.
This was one of the rooms that sold my girls and I on this house, but it needed a total renovation, including:
- Removing wall paneling and drywall
- Painting walls Stormy Monday (BM) and brick charcoal grey
- Replacing all window and door trim
- Replacing carpet
- Replacing ceiling fan
- Adding strategic window treatments to deal with intense sun
- Zoning the space to handle many functions!
Once the finishes were completed, we needed to zone this 16’ x 22’ foot rec room to accomplish four key functions (using furniture we already had): media room, home office, gym, and music.
This was easy – we wanted to minimize the TV monitor, so I simply placed it on a bench in front of the dark gray brick. It’s also not facing the entryway, so it’s very subtle.
This was the view before.
The sectional fit logically in the rec room to view the TV, but more importantly, it’s a cozy conversational pit, and takes full advantage of the window view! The TV feels like an afterthought.
For storage, the large ottoman (need throw blankets at arms reach, always!).
I spend a lot of time in this corner.
The oversized chair next to the desk may seem out of place, but it’s a go-to chair for my kids when I’m working for some reason. It works as a good winter mediation chair as well.
The bookcase on the other side of the window houses functional albeit not all that attractive office necessities (router, printer, camera equipment, etc.)
I repurposed our old dining table into desk and placed it in the corner by a window for natural light and air flow. Tip – adding a glass top makes it reflect light and deflects damage.
It’s not a full gym, but there is equipment for a little cardio, light free weights, and room for yoga poses.
My childhood piano was destroyed in Hurricane Isabelle when the basement flooded. She was replaced with a very practical Yamaha keyboard (had headphones!). What’s interesting, is that both my girls have taken initiative to start learning to play, each in their own way. Of course, they prefer NOT to use the headphones.
As you can see, there are a lot of activities that take place in this room, including dogs looking out the window (if you count that as an activity). Sunshine is my favorite design attribute. But too much can be too much.
I was thrilled with the results of the Solar Shades (from Leveler). In the above photo, I opened two sides of the panels so you can see the difference.
Simple panels from West Elm provide night-time privacy and softens the look of the solar panels (rods from Crate & Barrel).
This post is part of the renovation series, as introduced in the “My As-is Home, Only Better” post. I’m excited to share with you. To keep up with the journey, make sure you’re signed up!
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