Monday, November 28, 2016

What to do with a 1970's split level

A split level plan can have some really great features.  No REALLY!  We often call this type of plan an "upside down plan" with the main living areas on the upper floor with the view and the bedrooms, media and family room on the lower floor.   

 With a set of french doors this bedroom now can be a wonderful Den / Office space.  A nice place to cozy up and watch a movie with your sweetie.

This home had a great view with a really really marginal master bedroom.  It had 4 bedrooms on the upper floor and 1 bedroom and a large family room on the lower floor for a total of 5 bedrooms.   My client didn't have any use for 5 bedrooms so we converted one bedroom into a den / office and another bedroom was used as walk-in closets for two adjacent bedrooms... the result: 3  bedrooms total with a large master bedroom.

 The vanity cabinets were hand made by the Owner. The light wood is spalted maple from the Owners WOOD PILE!  spalted maple is maple with dark lines in it created by a dark fungus.   It makes an interesting pattern in the wood that is hard to beat for someone looking for a unique vanity.  

The master and adjacent bedroom now have huge closets (something often lacking in 1970's architecture) along with a nice large Great Room and Dining Area open to the kitchen.  While we were at it, the exterior got a face lift with new windows, siding and trim.  WOW what a change!