2021 Master Design Awards: Residential Interior Less Than $100,000

by Kyle Clapham

Gallagher Construction LLC

Bellevue, Wash. | gallagherconstructionllc.com

Designer: Stephanie Lofquist | Location: Bellevue, Wash. | Square footage: 533 | Project cost: $75,000

Photos: Nathan Brown Productions

Updating the living spaces remained the overall goal, but the project focused on improving side-by-side fireplaces. The living room stepped down and had a wood-burning fireplace, and on the opposite side, the family room contained a second wood-burning fireplace. They were built out with a low wall and the exhaust stacks extending into the vaulted ceiling, penetrating the roof.

The design of a traditional fireplace with built-ins would not work, but a see-through fireplace justified towards the exterior wall opened up a small walkway from the living to family room. This solution created more mass and kept the two rooms as separate spaces without eliminating openness. Storage was maintained by converting the existing pantry into a miscellaneous closet.

Tile: Statements
Flooring: Hardwoods
Molding/trim: Metrie

Cummings Architecture + Interiors
Windhill Builders

Ipswich, Mass. | cummingsarchitects.com

Designer: Chloe Rideout | Location: Ipswich, Mass. | Square footage: 4,500 | Project cost: $95,000

Photos: Eric Roth Photography

This interior refresh provided a more refined and updated aesthetic for this modern farmhouse. Throughout the home, trim work was changed and added for a more custom look with wainscoting, nickel gap boards on the ceiling and new stair handrails.

Living spaces were repainted to change the existing peach color scheme to a more neutral farmhouse aesthetic using the Historic Color collection from Benjamin Moore. New lighting fixtures were added in flat black and bronze, and new furnishings were added.

The project scope included multiple rooms. For the office, the team created a more formal space with improved functional layout and masculine furnishings. New custom built-in bookshelves go to the ceiling to emphasize the height of the room.

For the laundry room, they created a defined space for laundry with a comfortable farmhouse aesthetic. White glazed brick tile goes up to the ceiling to add texture and interest. New custom built-in cabinetry was added. In the mudroom, a brick floor and wainscoting were added to complement the farmhouse style and add warmth to this space, and custom built-ins provide cubbies for coats and storage.

At the stair landing and handrail, angles and clipped corners in the existing floorplan layout made it challenging to design how the new newel post intersects with the handrail as well as the wainscoting layout. Some areas wanted to be more symmetric, but the design team faced limitations because this was an existing space.

Together with the carpenter, the design team resolved this challenge by angling the newel post. The newel post was pronounced, and trim added to create an interesting stairwell. The simple, bulky blueboard wall was cut down, a walnut cap and handrail was used to define the top and bottom of the staircase, connecting the balusters without disturbing the original stair treads.

mackmiller design+build

Eden Prairie, Minn. | mackmiller.com

Location: North Oaks, Minn. | Square footage: 210 | Project cost: $77,743

Photos: John Walsh

The goal of this project was to create a special space dedicated to all things wine. The design team settled on an intimate Napa tasting room for their inspiration, featuring a room that is distinctly different from the rest of the house—an escape from the normal. Additionally, the barreled entrance through arched pocket doors and thick wall entry gives the illusion of a structure much older than a 1960s-era suburban home.

The interior designer made every effort to make this room feel as old as possible, yet it features modern comforts the clients to enjoy. It is designed as a place to retreat, relax and focus on the enjoyment of drinking wine with family and friends. To that end, it features rustic arched entry doors and a handmade faux onyx epoxy top for the wine barrel, a hint at something unexpected.

An arched pocket was transformed from plain wood to old rustic wood by skillfully applying wood icing to the doors to mimic highly distressed old wood, which perfectly match the faux composite ceiling beams and other trim pieces.

Arched pocket doors are not an available item, so the designer was going to get a hinged arched door and modify it for use as a pocket door. The prices varied, and that didn’t include the pocket door modification. The look of the arched door was key to the project. The solution was to use two standard full-view glass doors for the pocket doors, so then only the opening needed to be arched.

The homeowner wanted the entry door wood distressed to look aged and, if possible, to match the beams. Conventional distressing by gouging or striking wood with metal pieces in a sock would never look as distressed as the beams.

The painter overheard the conversation with the homeowner and stepped in with the solution. He used wood icing, a thick pasty solution, to coat the door and then proceeded to “age” the surface with trowels and other tools. The match is perfect, and the look is exceptional.

Wine chillers: Wine Cellar Innovations
Table base: Napa Valley Wine Barrel
Chair: Flexsteel with Brunschwig and Fils Custom Fabric

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