Qualified Remodeler Magazine

APR 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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A Multipurpose Guest House and Music Retreat While the opportunity to be creative with detached structures typically makes them fun to design, sometimes a lack of clear purpose can infuse a project with some uncertainty. This was the case with this project. It was clear that guest beds, a full bath and a kitchen were to be part of the pro- gram, but questions crept in about the use of the walk-out bottom level. Was it to be a farmhand's quarters with a kitchen? That was the first design iteration. Or was it supposed to be another guest room? Eventually it was sorted out as the latter. Then there were the somewhat contradictory design styles sought by the clients that needed to be reconciled. They wanted a traditional form with a contemporary flair. A pair of two-story, commer- cial-grade fenestration packages on the south- and east-facing walls went a long way to achieve the sleek contemporary aspect. In addition, sliding barn doors on the upper level were backed by an equally sleek, pocketing, multislide door from Solar Innovations. Lastly, there was a question of how best to keep and reuse the old exterior boards while maintain- ing the original look of the bare wood walls on the Small, efficient and comfortable (above). Shutters offer a means to close out the spaces below from the sleeping loft. The beam at center features one of the custom-made structural connectors. The small main floor (below) benefits greatly from the ample commercial fenestration package designed by Contelmo. The package transforms the building into a thoroughly modern space. DESIGN SOLUTIONS 30 April 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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