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A sloped ceiling creates a cozy spot for the sofa and offered the opportunity to add a skylight and a ceiling fan.
In the wet bar area, custom open shelving instead of clunky upper cabinets leaves things more open and makes the space appear larger.
In addition to providing a spot for mixology, this area comes in handy during al fresco dinner parties. "If we have friends over during nice weather, we’ll eat out in the backyard and we’ll set up a buffet inside the cabana, which is very convenient," says the homeowner.
Clutter never makes it into the cabana in the first place, so open shelves didn't present the usual issues. "The nice thing is that this little cabana serves as a 'getaway' place — we don’t use it every day the way we use the rooms in our house, so it doesn’t get cluttered," says the homeowner. "The shelves have a smooth finish, so they are very easy to wipe down. Consequently, it always feels clean in this space, even when our house feels chaotic!"
A pony wall provides extra privacy around the commode. A mosaic tile border continues throughout the entire bath.
The mosaic detail continues to the shower stall floor. A bench and a ledge provide room for bottles and having a seat.
Finally, the other side of the garage offers more play space in the form of a giant chessboard.
"The chessboard idea was sparked from something I saw in a landscape book and one I'd seen at an upscale outdoor shopping mall," says the homeowner. "My kids had just begun to get into chess, and I thought it would be a fun element to add to the yard. I wanted to make it subtle, kind of like a surprise, and our landscaper did a great job with it."
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