The family that lives in this large Panorama Ridge home loves to entertain. The home had an undeveloped and unused walk out basement that hosted a spectacular view across the bay to White Rock.
Unfortunately, the basement had a major problem that had the owners stymied - there were two solid load-bearing walls creating a hallway in the middle of the space, and this made the other areas of the basement too narrow to be usable. We were approached to see what we could do.
The solution lay in creating an opening in one load-bearing wall just large enough to put through a walk-behind wet bar. By angling the bar outwards we created enough space behind (in what had been the hallway) to house a full service home bar, and a kitchen area . A small opening through the opposite load-bearing wall gave access to an area under the stairs that became the wine cellar.
This central bar-kitchen area anchors and relates the pool/games room on one end of the space with the media centre on the other.
A unifying porcelain tile floor and continuous colour scheme add cohesiveness to the space.
Family room bar area sketch
" I loved working on this project. Finding an innovative solution to a design problem that had kept this family from enjoying their family room area made the whole process worthwhile for me. The family was excited enough with the project to hire me to design their next - an open kitchen/dining space at their summer home in Anglemont".
The feeling in this family room is casual but sophisticated. The warm colours combat the frequent dreariness of Vancouver rain, and go well with the glow of candles, firelight and music. Truly a space for entertaining!
Because the floor area is so large, it was important that the flooring was simple but interesting. We chose a 'Triad Hopscotch" pattern that used three different tile sizes with subtle colour variation throughout the space.
By making an opening in the bearing wall between the main space and the hallway, the opportunity was created to put in a walk-behind home bar with kitchen to service the party area.
In order to encourage conversation in small groups, this are of the family room was furnished with several small, bar-height tables. The height enables easy circulation - and the small group setting promotes intimate conversation.
A microwave area for evening popcorn.
"ART IS SOLVING PROBLEMS THAT CANNOT BE FORMULATED BEFORE THEY HAVE BEEN SOLVED, THE SHAPING OF THE QUESTION IS PART OF THE ANSWER."
-- Piet Hein