Ed and Mae moved to the “Sunshine State” from Maryland. When this active tennis couple, who are passionate when it comes to the sport they love, had a chance to own their own little piece of paradise in Venice, Florida, they jumped at it. In the resort style gated community called “Islandwalk” there’s a heated resort-style pool, a heated spa, a lap pool, bocce ball, billiards, a clubhouse with fitness center, and eight private tennis courts. The Maryland couple fell in love with the possibilities of tropical year-round living. The ink was barely dry on the closing papers when Ed and Mae decided they were ready to renovate three areas in their newly acquired two-bedroom home. This 2015-built home was an almost brand new home in awesome condition. The kitchen, living room, and dining areas are all part of the open floor plan. The open floor plan is bright, airy, and spacious thanks to all the windows that let the sun shine in. There’s a wonderful water view that can be seen from most of the areas. Since the bright kitchen came with upgraded cabinets, granite countertops, and new appliances, there was no need for any improvements in this area.
A home’s entryway is the very first impression that your guests will see. However, this new home has no foyer entry whatsoever. When you open the front door, you are in a hallway that leads to the great room. If you don’t have enough space for a big foyer or entry hall where you can drop keys, take off your jacket, don’t worry. You can make a tiny entryway for all that stuff. That’s right…just because something isn’t there doesn’t mean that it needs to stay that way. You can create the illusion of an entry space by using objects that serve as boundaries. You can make it simple by using a rug, or a chair, or a console table.
In this case, there was a small hallway on the right of the front door with entryways to both the guest bedroom and the guest bathroom. Ed and Mae requested a built-in cabinet for storage. They also wanted to catch the eye and attention of anyone who walks through the front door by placing a piece of showstopping artwork above the built-in. We used Aspect Cabinetry with a Shaker-style door with “Ice Cap,” a bright white paint. The countertop is an attractive piece of solid surface remnant called “Tapioca Pearl.”
Next up is the area directly off the garage. We labeled this room the “welcome center.” This room was undoubtedly the area the builder paid the least attention to when building this home. Maybe builders have never tried to put on tennis shoes without sitting down on a bench. Ed and Mae wanted a place to store their tennis equipment: racquets, balls, hats, shoes, etc. We used the same cabinet manufacturer as the foyer cabinet.
Last, but not least, was the living room. Ed and Mae wanted a fireplace with customized built-ins to provide them with a captivating focal point to arrange their furniture around. They wanted this electric-powered fireplace to be gorgeous and contemporary with a minimalist appearance. So, they opted to go with white shiplap, to enhance their room’s features and give it a nice and elegant look. There’s no arguing that this fireplace with built-ins is the star of this living room design. The homeowners’ television was installed above the fireplace. But rather than showing an empty black screen, their TV screen displayed beautiful art. Pretty cool…huh?
With collective many years of experience in all things cabinetry and carpentry related, Just Counters & other stuffs’ team: Jeff Reed, Ben Hanson, and Tyler Mowatt, were the best team to trust to turn Ed’s and Mae’s dreams into reality.
See you next week. Meanwhile, anyone up for a game of tennis?
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