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The clients wanted their kids to be able to use their imagination in the space. Now they can read books in the hammocks, hang from the monkey bars, climb the ropes or run around freely. The room can easily be converted from a gym to a party room, hosting a small dinner party or a family movie night. A small bathroom and a utility sink are on the premises, making cleanup after craft parties and small gatherings easier.
Monkey bars: aluminum pipe system; speed rail: Hollaender; walls: painted plywood; hanging swings and equipment: steel trusses; sliding barn-door hardware: Better Barns; utility sink: custom; swings and rings: Ikea
The pavilion is seamlessly connected to the outdoors and is within plain view of the larger house. Its proximity to the patio ensures that entertaining can easily expand to the outside.
The biggest challenge for Menter was getting zoning approval. "We couldn't change the garage into a play space without adding car parking elsewhere on the property, so we ultimately ended up with a car garage tucked underneath a multipurpose space," says Menter.
Folding doors: Bi-folding Aluminum Door System, Fleetwood
What used to be a storage area filled with boxes and random things is now a space that reflects the current lifestyle of this family. "[My clients] can always convert the pavilion into an office, music room or an in-law apartment in the future, but for now, it meets the needs of their fun and active family."
The best part of the renovation was when Menter's clients e-mailed her a picture of the kids in the pavilion with a sign that read, "Best room ever!"