Family Room After
Insulation, butt-joint wood walls, and a new floor made with salvaged wood were installed. Adams designed a paneled walnut fireplace surround and built-in shelves incorporating brackets and other details found in the original plans. A plastered ceiling with reclaimed wood beams was added to give the space character and boost its cozy factor.
While the room’s old windows were not energy-efficient, Adams and the Metzheisers agreed they shouldn’t be replaced. “They were so gorgeous,” the architect says. “Our goal was to maintain the character of the old home, so we kept the wavy-glass windows and maximized the insulation in other ways-—in the walls and floors, and reworking the HVAC system.”
Nicole warmed the room with plush furnishings and an Oushak rug. “With three boys in the family, we want the room to feel relaxed, not fussy. It’s where we can sit around and watch football games, have hors d’oeuvres, and not worry about spills,” she says.
After: Ceiling beams and beautiful wood paneling charm in the once boring room.