This room is an open space for a living room. My house was built on a trapezoidal lot. As a result, the house was build as a trapezoid shape which makes design challenging.
My objectives and requested deliverables for this project in descending order of priority:
1) I plan to rip out the current cabinetry to right and left of the fireplace, as well as remove the black marble, hearth, and mantle. I need you to redesign this wall and fireplace design. The space to the left and right of the fireplace could feature cabinetry or some other design approach. I'd like to see your best, most creative suggestion as well as what to do with the fireplace. The only limitation is I need to have a 60" Plasma TV on the wall. Please note, under the hearth is hole that will need to be filled in with cement. The wooden floor does not extend under the hearth, but the wooden floor is under the cabinets.
2) I need a furniture layout for the living room that comfortably can seat 8 guests and also be used to watch television. I need a suggestion for a rug shape/size/layout as well. I can purchase entirely new furniture. Traditional furniture layouts that would work in a rectangular room have not looked good in this room as the orientations have been off. Rectangular and square rugs have not looked good either. I need a really creative solution.
-The general dimensions are listed in the blueprint attached. All measurements in feet/inches
-The fireplace is 84" wide. The cutout for the gas firebox is 42" wide x 22" high. The bottom of the firebox is located 20" above from the floor.
-the left cabinet space is 82" across x 120" high, 21" deep.
-The right cabinet space is 122" across x 120" high, 21" deep.
-I put a higher resolution copy of the blueprints available to download at:
A few general notes:
-The back of the room has a 21'' ceiling and the front a 10'.
-I am planning to have the room repainted. The traditional molding will be removed and not replaced with new molding. I will replace baseboards with more modern baseboard.
-The houses design falls between contemporary and transitional. I prefer modern/contemporary looks.
-When oriented looking at the fireplace, to the right of the right side cabinets is a 21 inch wide, non load bearing wall. It matches the depth of the fireplace. I think it was originally intended it to create separation from the dining space to the living room. But the wall can be removed if you suggest it be and if there is another better way to create that separation.
-I do not need to use the bamboo in back of the sofa and plan to throw away that painting on the fireplace.
-The back wall is 21' high, and has three levels of windows.
-The house is in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, TX.
Finally, I have a number of other rooms that need to be designed. The winner of this contest will have first shot on those.