Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

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WE'VE completed several remodeling projects in this mid-century modern home designed by Russell Barr Williamson, protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is truly a creative and enjoyably engaging collaboration among the homeowners, the designer and myself. The home- owners have always stayed true to the original architect's vision with each renovation. Designer Brian William Nelson blends that vision with all of the homeowners' aesthetics: the home's mid-centu- ry sensibility, the homeowner's affinity for Asian in- fluence, their extensive art collection and elements of nature. He then gives me the freedom to build their collective vision. This old bedroom with ensuite bathroom need- ed updating to bring it up to the same standard as the rest of the home. The homeowners wanted the room to have two very different purposes. Most of the time it would be an executive's home office. When the homeowners had guests, it needed to function as a comfortable, welcoming guest room. How do you make an executive home office not look like a bedroom? You have to hide the beds but make them easily accessible. I began my career in furniture making, so cre- ating a design element that basically acted like a secret door was an exciting endeavor. The Murphy bunk beds were tucked into an old closet space. We camouflaged the bottom of the beds by adding wood panels that also appear in other parts of the house, blending them into the larger wall when closed. When the beds are open, guests have access to built-in Lutron lighting controls for the room as well as a charging station for electronics. Another favorite element is the live-edge walnut desk. The homeowners wanted it to look as though it had naturally grown out of the floor. I searched far and wide for the right slab of wood. It wasn't until I was on vacation with my family in Portland, Oregon, that I came across the perfect piece. I had the slab shipped home, then cut and finished it in my studio before installing it in the room. Despite it being two separate pieces of wood, the desktop was built to waterfall to the floor as one continuous Nod to Natural A blending of the original architect's vision with the homeowners' tastes produces a multipurpose space with unique design elements. by Paul Driessen MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2018 RESIDENTIAL SPECIALTY | SILVER COMPANY INFORMATION Timber Innovations LLC Kimberly, Wis. timberinnovations.com Designer: Brian William Nelson PROJECT INFORMATION Project name: Home Office/Guest Bedroom and Bathroom Project location: Sheboygan, Wis. Square footage: 440 Project cost: $138,747 PRODUCT INFORMATION Stone: Repurposed from home Windows: Marvin Windows Murphy beds: Wilding Wall Beds Paint/stain: Sherwin-Williams Lighting control systems: Lutron and Control4 Lighting Bath cabinetry, bathroom door, home office cabinetry: Custom made by Timber Innovations Sinks: Poured concrete Sink faucet, shower faucet, toilet: Kohler Tile: Ann Sacks Tile Shower: Custom with concrete, glass, stone CLOSED OPEN QualifiedRemodeler.com February 2019 39

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