Cole Valley Residence - Family RoomTraditional Family Room, San Francisco
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Get comfy and cozy. Thankfully, movie night does not require a perfectly clean home to be enjoyable (the lights are off anyway), but attending to a few comforts will ensure the best possible experience. Clear off the coffee table and couch, plump the pillows, bring in a blanket for snuggling under and dim the lights.
The home’s formal dining room was converted into a handier family room that opens to the kitchen. It features an attractive coffered ceiling, a new door and window configuration, and a linear LED light strip above an expansive wall of bookshelves. Budd points out that they purposely didn’t build the shelves all the way to the ceiling, to help the room feel as large as possible. “When they arrive home, this is the space they live in,” he says. “What we did for them with the kitchen and family room is create a center spot for the family to live in, to eat, talk and be together.”
Design Tips for Your Built-in Media WallWhile there are an infinite number of ways to arrange a media wall, experts recommend dividing the unit into a base and an upper cabinet, to help break up the unit’s mass and to accommodate varying depths of storage. The base can be fitted with drawers or doors to conceal electronics and accessories.More media storage solutions