Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Kids Room Before and After: Cars, Trucks and Things that Go!!

I had a bit of fun creating a little boy's room at the Cottage.  This was one of the original bedrooms, so it has lots of quirky angles, nooks and crannies and doors!

The 'before' room was pretty odd.  It had two windows, but one of them was in a low dormer and hardly offered any light or ventilation (not to mention you had to get on your hands and knees to see out the window!).  It also had a big closet - but so big that it severely limited furniture placement in the rest of the room.

And last, but not least, you had to walk through the bathroom to get into the bedroom.  Let's face it, that's never a good design feature!!

So we set out to change all that.  We moved the closet to the other side of the room and created a nickel-gap wainscot under the angled wall.  That gave us a nice little detail and a ledge for cars and trucks!!

We completely reconfigured the doorways so that the bathroom and bedroom each have their own entrance.  Brilliant, don't you think!!! :-)
 And probably the biggest change was with the dormer.  By building code, we needed to create an 'egress' window - ie. a window big enough for a fire fighter to come through with a full pack.  That meant the dormer needed to be raised so we could install a large casement window.  So now you don't need to get on your hands and knees to look out of that window!

The taller dormer was required for fire safety code - and gives the room a whole different feel
And what a difference it made!  With the closet moved and the bigger window, the room is transformed.  And the view is pretty darned nice as well!

Don't you love this room with all its quirky charm?

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  1. Could you tell me what the paint color on the walls are?

    1. It's a Sherwin Williams color called Toque White!


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