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TV-Fireplace, Family-room and kitchen | Larkspur, CA.

 

TV-Fireplace, Family-room and kitchen | Larkspur, CA.

TV-Fireplace, Family-room and kitchen | Larkspur, CA. Is the story of a project we completed. Our wood floor supplier asked us to consult for a couple he was working for in Larkspur. They wanted a wood floor but couldn’t decide which and how to position it. So we came in and solved that problem first. Then the client wanted us to help in other areas,  they had started to remodel the kitchen but it was just started and needed full design, and other design issues were obvious.

The access to the kitchen and family room, the focal point of the house wehere you could enjoy the Lagoon view and Mont Tamalpais was on 34″ wide, not only less than code for egress but also not inviting, nor comfortable. For me this was something that had to be corrected, or you would have a nice new kitchen for a bad entry way to it. See the before and after photos below. Though the TV was at an angle it was small, and the fireplace was an antique.

I prefer fireplaces tahta con be ignited and clean easily so that you use them more often. To solve both problems, the narrow access and the sizes of the TV and Fireplace, we had to do a structural change and extend the room and its wall a bit into the adjacent bedrom (which had no user).

You might wonder why a fireplace in summer? Very simply that it takes time to design and put together, so you should plan in Summer. The flat screen TVs, now even curved, fit beautifully over direct vent fireplaces. Typically there is one focal point in a room, where you would want both the fireplace and TV to be. Before it was a problem, but today new technologies make this easier to solve. So presto!

A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.

Completed. The 60″ recessed flat screen above the direct vent fireplace, over venetian stucco wall. We made this 5′ entry to the family room from an existing 35″ opening (see below) . Now the water view and flow work much better too.
Before. Fireplace and TV wall.
A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.
A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.
After. Now TV and the Fireplace work together. Wider entryway. Venetian stucco on wall.
Here we were also invited to complete the kitchen.
Not so nice before…
A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.

 

A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.

Faux Finishes and Paint.

One of the resources we often use and did so here as well is wall finishes. Venetian stucco was used in the TV-Fireplace wall, in a mustard yellow tone than worked for the client. Another detail in Venetian stucco was the Kitchen Island in a silver to catch up the appliaces color. Also we had the walls and door in the kitchen pained to match the cabinetry so they would look more integrated.

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