Monday, August 26, 2013

the family room

As far as I'm concerned, the family room is the heart of the home.

We wanted to make ours cozy and comfortable yet big enough to hold big gatherings.

We had a wall that we wanted to move back to make it a bit wider (that green wall below), but found out that is was load-bearing, which made things tricky.

So we opted to put the fireplace in it.  We wanted to put a long, linear one in there.

 It was a serious process to pick out that sucker.

I met up with a guy to go through fireplace after fireplace.

We finally settled on one and cut a huge hole out for it.
(The rest of that wall is lode-bearing.)

So many decisions on how to finish off walls.

And trying to figure out how to make the ceiling look not boring, but not fancy.

And there we go with the fireplace finally installed.

Now we just have to figure out how to finish that sucker off.  

And how to make this large room cozy and comfortable.  

Send ideas on over if you have some!


  1. Hmmm, I think that whole fireplace wall that sticks out would look really cool finished in a different material from the rest of the wall. Glass tile up the whole wall would look amazing. Or maybe a stacked stone if you want a more natural feel.

    Do you want a mantle? You could do a couple of offset shelves for pictures, knick-knacks, etc. that give the feel of a mantle but aren't quite as traditional as a mantle. A much cleaner look. Or you could leave it without anything easily.

    It's going to be beautiful!

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  3. Reclaimed wood would look beautiful, like here:

  4. Once you have all your furniture etc in the room your eyes won't be drawn to the ceiling as much & I'm sure you won't feel like it's boring then. You should definitely have a large indoor pot plant near the window there :)