Our recent clients wanted to update their 1980’s Southlake home to better meet their needs. As it was, they used a small guest bedroom as their home office – a very crowded room that lacked the storage space and functionality needed for an individual that works from home. Unfortunately, this is often the case for homeowners that have a makeshift workspace. Luckily, these clients had a large upstairs bonus room that was not in use – the perfect area to be converted into a spacious home office!
They contacted us with the idea of converting the room into an office but were not quite sure how to execute the design or lay out the new floor plan. It was a priority to make the most of the available floor space while also including plenty of work counters and storage cabinets. With these features in mind and some inspiration photos provided by the clients, our designers got to work drawing the reconfigured upstairs.
Along with the construction of the home office, the clients liked the idea of having a small loft area upstairs for their teenagers to hang out and watch TV. For this reason, it was important that the placement of the new dividing wall allowed enough space for a large office on one side and a decent-sized loft on the other.
The clients also wanted to update the upstairs guest bathroom, kitchenette, and the staircase leading up to the remodeled area.
The first thing you’ll notice upon walking upstairs is the gorgeous new stairwell. We removed the door and framing at the base of the stairs for a more streamlined and spacious look. The carpeted steps were replaced with beautiful stained treads, risers, and a matching handrail. Decorative iron balusters with an oil-rubbed bronze finish were installed for an elegant, detailed aesthetic.
Beautiful cherry-stained Karndean Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring covers the entire remodeled upstairs, providing a rich contrast against the light neutral walls; Sherwin Williams “Realist Beige” creates a soft and serene feel compared to the stark Kelly-green walls that were there previously!
The ceiling was painted with the same color as the walls, and strategically placed LED can lights make for a much brighter room and near shadow-less environment. Because we installed new lighting, we were also able to replace the ceiling fan with a slimmer, sleeker option – no bulky light kit required!
Here you can see the new wall that was installed to divide the new office and loft area. Our clients are excited to be working with our Interior Designer, Stephanie, to pick out new furniture and décor for this space and really make it a comfortable, functional corner for their kids.
Across the loft is the entrance to the new office. Upon entering the room, there is a large custom walk-in closet designed to house two large filing cabinets and deep storage shelves. Our clients love that the filing cabinets are easy to access, yet concealed within a closet, providing a clean, homey feeling for the rest of the office. Who says offices have to feel corporate?!
Just around the corner from the closet is a bookshelf for additional storage, which matches the shelving inside the closet and the cabinetry around the desk.
The custom desk extends around the far side of the office, with plenty of counter space for 2 or 3 people to use at once. Deep drawers, shelves, and upper cabinets provide plenty of storage space, while LED under-cabinet lighting highlights the work area. The same sleek ceiling fan and LED can lights used in the loft area were also installed in the office for a consistent design.
On the other side of the loft, behind the stairwell, is a small kitchenette and guest bathroom that the clients also wanted to update as a part of the upstairs renovation.
New paint and pulls give the existing cabinets in the kitchenette a fresh face, along with a gorgeous hexagon mosaic tile backsplash, bright LED undercabinet lighting, and a Caesarstone Quartz countertop. A beautiful Venetian bronze faucet and stainless-steel undermount sink compliment the new cabinet hardware and neutral color scheme. We also removed the unused cooktop and vent hood to provide for more counter space and a streamlined look.
Across from the kitchenette is a small guest bathroom that also needed some refreshing! The clients decided to remove the unused shower/tub combo and replace it with a much-needed storage cabinet. Just like in the kitchenette, the existing cabinets were painted and given new knobs and pulls – it’s amazing what a difference this made for this dated vanity! We also installed the same Quartz countertop used in the kitchenette, along with a faucet in the same Venetian bronze finish. A dark framed mirror was installed above the vanity to add to the cohesive color scheme and tie the room together. It really is all about the details!
This finished remodel has made all the difference in the functionality of our client’s home. They now have a beautiful, useful home office and a place for their teenagers to relax, along with a beautifully updated staircase, kitchenette, and guest bathroom. The entire upstairs looks like a brand new house, and our clients couldn’t be happier!
We also remodeled other areas in this home, including the downstairs laundry room. Stay tuned to see the details of that project in a separate blog!
We’d like to thank everyone that worked on this project and helped our team bring it to life:
Structural Design: Mike Medford, Sr.
Aesthetic Design: Stephanie Milford
Drafting and Renderings: Kourtney Davis
Production Management: Michael Medford, Jr.
Project Manager: Dave Broadfield
Trim Carpentry: Neil Norris, Greg Norris
Cabinets and Shelving: Bailey Cabinets
Plumbing: Express Plumbing
Electrical: Marc Miller Electric
HVAC: Southern Air
Framing Carpentry: Dave Broadfield
Paint: Phillip Painting Company
Tile & Counters Fabrication: HRG Granite
Plumbing Fixtures: Ferguson
If you are interested in updating your home or need to reconfigure your floor plan to better meet your needs, our team would be glad to help! Contact us today for more information!
The Medford Design-Build Team