Late last year, I shared all the different ways I would design our very challenging family room and received plenty of feedback on the options I shared in the comments section. I was going to wait to tackle this room but I’m itching for a project and decided now is a good time to really make an impact with this space that we use so much, so here we go, my new personality is now the ~*family room~*
We have a few local gas plumbers/fireplace experts coming in a few weeks to give us quotes for the following:
- completely removing the existing gas fireplace and not doing anything else – this will be the cheapest option. One company quoted me on the phone that it’s a simple job and he charges by the hour ($200) and it shouldn’t take that long
- removing the existing fireplace and adding a new fireplace on the left (exterior) wall. Not the ideal spot for a fireplace but am curious about costs
- removing the gas fireplace and adding a new fireplace on the center wall (this might be complicated and pricey as the center wall is not an exterior wall, there’s a closet behind it)
While I’d love to move forward with option 3 or 5 in my original blog post (fireplace + built-ins, or either or), I’m also trying to be cognizant of the large sum of money we’ll need to spend this year on fixing our pool (new liner, new heater, etc.).
I did plenty of research on the costs of installing a new fireplace a few years ago (which I outlined in this blog post) and I know it won’t be cheap.
(Not pictured is an option with the combination of the fireplace and built-ins)
Essentially, if the cost to install a brand new fireplace + cost of built-ins is going to be $$$$, we’re going to move forward with just removing the current fireplace and doing the built-ins/fireplace down the road – that means I’ll likely go with option 1 from my original post, with a sectional in the back corner:
(ignore the design, this is just to show the layout)
Not the most favorable option but I think it’s still a good one. I inquired with my talented friend Connor about the layout and he confirmed the fireplace removal/sectional in the back corner was the best option because it sucks to walk into the back of a sofa, and I agree. A big sectional would be more useful and comfortable for us, too.
Then he shared this photo by Cece Barfield and it got me thinking…
A sectional and built-ins would be AMAZING!
Regardless, I think the existing fireplace does us a disservice when it comes to maximizing the complicated floor plan. We really enjoy using it during the colder months, and while I’d love to have some sort of fireplace down there, I also want the room & floor plan to make sense for us.
The positives to this room: it gets a decent amount of light from the sliding doors, its southern facing (praise be), and its spacious. Can you sense that I’m really forcing the potential?
Here are our family room must-haves:
- Comfortable performance seating/enough seating for our family
- A TV (will likely get a Frame TV)
- A large, custom, durable performance rug that covers all/most of the Pergo flooring and somehow wraps around the pole. With a fireplace gone, a large wool rug will help keep the room cozy & warm.
- Plenty of accent lighting to avoid the overhead lighting
- Storage for toys and other stuff in the form of chests/skirted consoles/cabinets
- Where the TV will go. The beam would slightly obstruct the view if you’re sitting off to the side in an accent chair. Connor had an idea to put the TV in front of the railing, but I’ll need to measure and see if the TV will be too far from the sofa.
I came up with two rough concepts that I’m sharing below. Ultimately, this will change about 328 times/I’ll end up using elements from each idea, but clicking to vote is fun? The biggest difference between the options is the walls; green paint/green ticking stripe wallpaper, or ivory vinyl grasscloth. Both options include floral drapes because I am who I am
I’ll be sharing more updates via stories. Have a good weekend!