Now you see them, now you don't. Murphy beds disappear, turning this guest room back into a sophisticated home office.
Multi-award winning bedroom remodel; Sheboygan, Wisconsin: This bedroom with en suite bathroom was repurposed into a new office/guest bedroom and bathroom. The original room was paneled and the furniture was dark and visually heavy. The old built-in bed with storage jutted into the room, overpowering the space, creating awkward angles. The desk faced the wall to the right, rather than taking advantage of the incredible lake view from the window.
Timber Innovations used creative solutions to make these two incongruous room purposes work together.
An old clothes closet was gutted to house the new Lutron controls and the Murphy bunk beds. With the beds closed, the wall panels replicate a wall detail seen through many areas of the home and added a stylish camouflage for the beds. With the beds open, each bed has its own storage niche with a light, charging receptacle.
Where the bed once stood is a live-edge walnut slab desk that waterfalls to the floor, accented with wenge bowtie dovetails. The asymmetric orientation of the desk provides the homeowner an unobstructed eastern view of Lake Michigan.
An infrared camera was used to map out the copper hydronic heat pipes embedded in the plastered ceiling, allowing to carefully retro-fit recessed lighting in the ceiling without damage to the system.
A custom-made, mahogany pocket door with Japanese rice paper panels provides privacy for the small bathroom while letting light filter through. It’s also an efficient use of space, since a conventional door would need room to open and close.
A concrete vanity top creates the effect of water flowing over a wall. The shower floor has the same effect, with an angled floor hiding a slotted drain, allowing water to flow over the edge.
The spa-quality shower uses two frameless glass panels set in concrete to keep the small space open. The tiered stone seamlessly cascades down through the shower with thin pieces jutting out for shelves. A lit niche features a sculpted art piece.
Large pieces of limestone, taken from the clients landscaping, were embedded in the floor, along with river rock pebbles. A special concrete curb outlines the perimeter of the shower eliminating a step down.
This dual purpose home office/guest room with en suite bathroom is modern, stylish and compliments the other rooms in this Russell Barr Williamson designed home. The live-edged Walnut desk looks out over Lake Michigan for those moments of thoughtful pondering or searching for the correct answer to the New York Times Crossword Puzzle.
This project received the following awards and recognitions:
2018 NARI National CotY Award for Residential Interior $75,000 to $150,000
2018 Chrysalis Regional Award for Residential Interior Under $150,000
2018 NARI Regional CotY Award for Residential Interior $75,000 to $150,000
2017 NARI Fox Valley Chapter CotY Award for Residential Interior $75,000 to $150,000
Asian-influence Home Office: 2018 NARI National CotY™ Winner!
"I rely heavily on Paul and his attention to detail and innovative ideas on how best to execute the design. It's mutual trust and respect for what we bring to the process. The approach is more organic in nature and unfolds throughout the process."
Brian William Nelson, Designer