Right away, we saw this home had fantastic bones. However, the homeowners had been living there for 20 years, and they were starting to understand the lack of quality in the materials. Originally, the home was designed by a developer, and had mostly builder-grade materials. At first, the homeowner was actually considering moving out! We saw the home for what it was: a huge opportunity to build something beautiful.
The first thing we examined was the center beam dividing the ceiling in the kitchen. The homeowner hadn’t noticed how distracting the beam was, but we knew we couldn’t allow this visual obtrusion to separate the room. We built in a coffered ceiling with a shiplap material, solid crown molding, and evenly spaced lighting to disguise the beam. This created the look of a sunken panel and also helped improve the acoustics within the room. This ended up being a major key to the project, affecting how we would approach the rest of the design.