I just bought my first house and I am in need of ideas for how to improve the existing design and then incorporate my own design to it.
The house is from 1995, the total design area is about 1100 square feet.
I would like to design a space that looks modern and cohesive. I like contemporary design, especially clean lines, bold colors and no clutter.
I am interested in an interior design that ties together multiple rooms: the family room, the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, the downstairs master bedroom, the staircase and the loft.
I am interested in a cohesive design. I would like a design for all rooms that "flows" and does not look like I made design decisions for each room individually.
I would love to:
1 - eliminate the rectangular designs above and on each sides of the fireplace
2- be able to place the TV above the fireplace and/or design a built in unit above or at both sides of the fireplace that looks contemporary and that will house the TV, the cable box, and other electronics as well as books and decorative pieces. A built in unit with doors that conceal the TV, the electronics and maybe the books would be ideal.
3- create a forth bedroom/multi-purpose room in the loft.
I was thinking about a design with privacy glass, so if family comes to visit, they could have their own private room, but I am open to any ideas for making this fourth bedroom happen without taking away from the open feel of the house.
During the day I would like to enjoy the view of the family room from the loft and vice-versa.
4- I would also like to keep the loft as a playroom/multi-purpose room, with bold colors or bold colored furniture
5- have a space somewhere in the design (probably in the loft or in the staircase) for chalkboard paint. I would love to leave messages for my family there.
6- use a grayish white or slightly darker gray tone for the wall color throughout the house
7 - eliminate the wainscoting and chair rail in the dining room
9- making the staircase rail more modern (either by painting or changing some of the pieces in the existing rail or completely re-doing it ?)
10 - obtain ideas for comfortable furniture pieces and furniture placement throughout the design area.
I want comfortable, modern and contemporary furniture.
I am especially interested in at least a full size Murphy bed for the loft and a modern, contemporary and concealed desk (that you can hide the desk surface, printer, etc. when guests come) for the living room area.
11- Obtain ideas on how to remodel the kitchen cabinets.
The cabinets are in good shape, but I am interested in upgrading the white doors with a more contemporary and sleeker white door design.
I would like to keep the existing black granite counter tops, but I would be interested in placing a hood above the range (in the area where the microwave is currently located) and purchasing a gas range.
I would like to move the microwave to another area of the kitchen (mounted would be ideal) and I would also be updating all the appliances to stainless steel
I would like to keep everything in the existing layout as is.
I am open to a redesign of the fireplace and removing the two large white rails on the walls of the family room, but I love the tall ceiling in the family room and that is main reason I bought this house. I want that to stay as is.
I don't like the existing green and tan color throughout the house. I don’t like purple as an accent color either, especially the purple tone in the master bedroom.
I like bold colors as accent colors, but not for the entire decoration of the room. I love red as an accent color. Orange could be a possibility too.
I also have some silver picture frames that I would love to incorporate to the design somewhere. The silver picture frames are a framed t-shirt (gray t-shirt with green and blue letters) and a fabric (red, white and black colors) of places I have visited (Haiti and Africa). I eventually want to frame my Girl Scout uniform using low-UV glass and place it in the loft or somewhere in the design as well. The uniform is bright blue (old cadet and senior age uniform color).
I would like to have the silver frames and the girl scout uniform on the same wall.
There is a closet on the walls of the loft. The rails and spindles of the staircase are exactly the same as the ones in the loft. The layout of the staircase is very similar to the one in this picture: http://www.houzz.com/photos/traditional/open-staircase-craftsman-seattle-
Also, is it possible to incorporate the following end tables to the design (as in picture)? I would not like all my furniture to be brown, I am currently liking white furniture, but I currently own these end tables (not the coffee table) and I would still like to incorporate them to my design.
Affordability of the design would be my first consideration. I would also like to incorporate energy savings as much as possible.
I am not sure, but I think the layout, plan view and top view would be important. Recommendations and pictures for furniture would also be ideal.
Loft: 13' 2" X 9' 4"
Dining Room: 10' X 12'
Living Room: 7' 8" x 11
Family Room (where the fireplace is):13' 3" X 18' 8" The opening to the family room is 4' 1" wide. Windows in the family room start at 2' 2" and the length ends at 8' 9" on the 13' 3" wall. The arch between the family room and the kitchen is 4' X 4'
Kitchen: 22' 4" x 9' 11" with standard depth cabinets (24") and countertops (26")
Masterbedroom: 16' x 14'
- PLAN VIEW(s), Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- SECTION View(s): Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS: where necessary