This was a most enjoyable project. Having worked together previously to renovate their kitchen, master bedroom, hardwood flooring and carpeting, the owners of this beautiful 10 Mile Point property were comfortable tackling the somewhat contentious “man cave”.
Complete with wood wall paneling (not the nice kind), orange shag wall-to-wall and a truly overwhelming triangular brick fireplace, this room was in dire need of a facelift.
Conscious of the need to keep things masculine, as it would continue to be the repository of the family’s athletic memorabilia (which is impressive), we started our selections with the flooring. A deep walnut engineered wood sets a sumptuous stage for the custom built-in-place wainscotting and new trim all around. The lovely creamy paint colour chosen for these components is consistent throughout the home and creates a strong contrast with the walnut and sage green wall colour. It is essential to have an experienced finish carpenter to take on this specialized work as it requires a great deal of planning and knowledge to lay out the panels in a pleasing format – measure twice and cut once is certainly a critical practice in this situation and the clients are most grateful for the excellent craftsmanship received.
The irregularly shaped fireplace needed squaring off to keep the proportions of the room consistent so the top section was furred out and drywalled. This provided convenient cavities to feed the wiring for the TV and components to be relocated. A custom designed wood box/shelving unit is home to the electronics. We kept the massive solid wood mantel intact and faced the lower portion in a natural cream/grey stone, avoiding the typical polished tile treatment that is commonly seen. Being a well-used functioning wood burning fireplace did necessitate a sturdy tiled hearth with the request that all wood be chopped outside, please and thanks.
A custom bound area rug and draperies in a warm, sandy tone with accents of teal blue complete the backdrop for a cozy new upholstered furniture and updated light fixtures. Their very-cool Wurlitzer has a new parking spot and the grandchildren are as happy with their refreshed digs as the adults. Well, maybe not all the adults; the loss of the shag was a bit of a wrench for some…