This weekend we performed a hodge-podge of unrelated house work activities. We started the paint removal from the soon-to-be (hopefully) exposed brick in our upstairs addition. We removed the bricks from our soon-to-be door to our master bath shower and toilet room. And we relocated our gas line for the stove in the soon-to-be upstairs kitchen. We’re about to make some real progress, except… we can’t decide exactly what our finished product should look like. So we’re hoping some of you can give us some comments or suggestions. Any opinions out there among our small number of faithful readers?
First, some background: The room in question is 20′ x 20′, quite large. We originally didn’t want to divide it up, but we’ve come to the conclusion that dividing this room is the only way to fit in a master bathroom and reasonable closet. On the larger side of the division (the side with windows) will be our master bedroom, and on the smaller side will be our closet and the sink(s)/vanity for our bathroom. Through a door not visible in the 3-D renderings will be the more private toilet and shower space.
We’ve conceded to divide the room, and the original plan was to put in a 7′ tall wall, leaving the overhead space open so that light could pass through. Our thought was that the top of this wall could also double as a shelf for some neat sculptural piece or pieces. Our concern is that having a half-wall jutting into the room might feel too weird, so we’ve come up with some alternatives and would like your input.
Here are a couple renderings of what the half-wall would look like:
Our other option was to have the wall go all the way up to the ceiling. We’re not sure if we like this better, or if it closes the room off too much. Other possibilities with this involve taking the wall all the way across the room with a door to access the closet area, having an archway across the opening to match the arches of our front windows, or having the wall go straight up with no door. Another possibility with a tall wall is the opportunity for built-in shelves to add some visual interest and storage while letting some light pass through the wall.
So tell us what you think: half-wall or tall-wall? And if it’s a tall-wall, should it have an arch, a doorway, or just go straight up? And if there’s an arch, should it be curved to match our windows, or square to match all the other trim in our house? And should we put some kind of cool shelves/pass through at the top of the tall-wall, or build something similar on top of the half-wall? Or anything else we haven’t thought of yet?! Wow, it’s a lot to think about. That’s why we’re asking for your help!
**Special Note: These drawings were made using Google SketchUp. It’s free and totally awesome!**