Remodel Stories: Total Transformation in a Family Room

Today we are going to look at a fabulous set of before and after pictures that beautifully launch a home thirty-five years forward into the present day.  Meghan Murphy, designer at Trilogy Kitchens and Remodeling in Arlington Heights, Illinois had her work cut out for her with this project.

Let’s start out with the Family Room-

Family Room- Before

As you can see we’ve got a dated built-in bar area to the left, a pinkish brick fireplace wall and some interesting pendant lights. From a design standpoint, there are great bones to work with- from the angled ceiling beams to the fireplace to the bar nook and the natural light. The challenge is to see the potential in these ‘bones’, otherwise known as the things that are unlikely to change.

Designer Meghan Murphy did a great job of re-imagining the potential of these structural bones. Here is the new and improved family room. 

Family Room- After with Dura Supreme Cabinetry

The first thing one notices is the new ledger stone that has replaced the pink brick, and how beautifully it complements the Antique White painted cabinetry from Dura Supreme. The fireplace now looks integrated with its surroundings instead of a big vertical strip on its own. Also notice how the bar and the fireplace cabinetry are tied together with the same graceful arched valances, even though they are in different finishes.

Below is some of the work in progress as the crew was working on the stone. A lot of forethought in play here when planning the placement of outlets within the cabinetry and in how the stone and cabinets will marry together.

Fireplace wall under construction

Let’s take a closer look at the built in bar. This is the Before picture (below). Notice the layout is decent, but the cabinets have seen better days, and there is opportunity for better design towards the top near the soffit.

Bar area- Before

Here is the remodeled bar. 

The Bar area- After with Dura Supreme Bella cabinetry in Hazelnut

Notice the updated Dura Supreme Bella styled cabinets in a Hazelnut finish with a little more height and crown applied to the cabinetry top, removing the crown from the ceiling. Accent lighting completes it, creating a more vertically spacious look. Meghan also added a porcelain and glass tiled backsplash and undercounter refrigeration, while keeping the sink in the same location. A bar is the perfect spot to display decorative items. This new design allows for that with the seedy glass doors and display shelf above the stemware holder, whereas the previous bar was very closed off.

Being able to see past an inadequate/dated interior design and grab hold of the strong bones of a space does not come naturally to many people.  Fortunately these homeowners connected with designer Meghan Murphy and Dura Supreme cabinetry to turn this need they had for an updated, functional family room into reality.


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