Multifunctional Family Room Flip

Designer Amy Studebaker creates a family room with a relaxed, welcoming charm.
Multifunctional Family Room

Multifunctional Family Room

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By: Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien

Comfortable seating, extra storage solutions and a place for social gatherings were the major motivations for this family room remodel.

Designer Amy Studebaker shares how she redesigned this room with striking architectural details to accommodate the homeowners' needs.

What were the main items on the homeowners' wish list?

The family wanted a room that could accommodate everyday family activities as well as social gatherings. They also needed more seating areas and additional storage space. The fireplace was an important element of the design to the family as well.

Living Room Welcomes Casual Style

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Family Space With Style

The built-in bookcases, box beams on the ceiling, and fireplace add architectural details and character to this family space.

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Before the Design

Designer Amy Studebaker took a blank white box and turned it into a cozy retreat for her client's family.

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Seating Design With Storage

Brick outlines the window seat, providing additional storage space as well as an additional seating area.

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Cozy Chair

Studebaker layered in many textures with the casual chic furnishings for this family space.

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Gorgeous Fireplace

A warm, welcoming fireplace is the perfect feature to gather people together.

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Classy Bookcase

Built-in bookcases, painted gray, tie in with the overall color palette of the room.

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What was the biggest obstacle in this space?

Since this room was originally an addition, it lacked the same details and architectural elements of the rest of the house, so my goal was to blend the spaces together. This was accomplished by adding box beams on the ceiling, exposing the brick around the bay window, adding built-in bookcases and adding a custom stone fireplace surround.

Does the end result match the original plans?

To be honest, the end result ended up matching the original plan quite well!

What did you learn from this project?

Because of the detailed planning, as well as the frequent meetings, the project came together easily and was a success. The level of communication that took place during this project will be something that I take with me to future jobs.

What “hidden gems” did you discover during this remodel?

For the fireplace, we created a larger-than-normal firebox which set the stage for the custom stone surround, adding character and charm. Different drawer pulls for the window seat, bar, and bookcases made a unique difference as well. The new white marble bar top made the room feel lighter while the drawers in the window seat created additional, and hidden, storage space.

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