Think Big with Bonus Rooms
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Think Big with Bonus Rooms
NARI remodelers help homeowners transform their extra spaces into enjoyable, multi-purpose living areas
Des Plaines, Illinois, March 5, 2009—For homeowners embarking on a major home remodeling project, it’s choosing the individual elements of the remodel that can be the most rewarding. This is particularly true for bonus rooms, or extra spaces in a home that have no pre-determined use but offer a lot of potential. Whether you’re looking for a room to house your extensive book collection, watch movies, exercise, play games or do any number of other hobbies, remodeling a bonus room is the best way to personalize that space to accommodate your needs and interests, according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).
A place for meditation
A place that honors history
Remodeling the loft’s bonus room into a music parlor not only gave current owner a place to entertain 6 to 65 people, but it also honored the building’s history. “Our goal was combine her eclectic personality with a modern collection of art and furnishings and a love of music while blending the early craftsman styling of the building,” Kealey says. “The result is a study of functional art and culture.”
The room houses a grand piano and guitar collection and boasts rich wood and stainless steel accents that are sensitive to the historic charm of the 120-year-old structure. An artistic spiral stairs leads up to an additional bonus loft and a 40-foot-long deck that looks out to the downtown area. “The intention was to have all the entertaining areas, to flow into each other and be able to close off the private/quiet family areas,” Kealey notes.
Bonus spaces go to the dogs
Some bonus spaces are planned with pets in mind. Chip Greth, Jr., general contractor and owner of Innovative Kitchens and Baths partnered with Lifestyle Design in the greater Philadelphia area to remodel a high-end laundry room that includes a pet washing station. The team won a Northeast Regional CotY award for the project.
“Our clients had two English boxers that they wanted to keep contained in the kitchen and laundry room areas,” Greth says. To accommodate their client’s beloved pets, Greth and his partners converted a half car garage into the laundry room and added a small bump-out addition. In addition to a new laundry area, the room featured a 5x3-foot dog shower, complete with a shower wand, and custom cabinetry that could store laundry detergents and pet supplies.
The homeowners didn’t want it to look like a shower, so Greth installed louvered doors in front of it to mimic the look of a closet. Slate-look porcelain tile, known for its high style, easy maintenance and durability, dressed up the floor in the space. “This was the finest laundry room we’ve ever done,” Greth says.
NARI remodelers can help homeowners plan custom bonus spaces for your home. Log on to www.RemodelToday.com to find a remodeler in your area.
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