Sunset View - Cottage With Room To GrowTransitional Laundry Room, Grand Rapids
Packed with cottage attributes, Sunset View features an open floor plan without sacrificing intimate spaces. Detailed design elements and updated amenities add both warmth and character to this multi-seasonal, multi-level Shingle-style-inspired home.
Columns, beams, half-walls and built-ins throughout add a sense of Old World craftsmanship. Opening to the kitchen and a double-sided fireplace, the dining room features a lounge area and a curved booth that seats up to eight at a time. When space is needed for a larger crowd, furniture in the sitting area can be traded for an expanded table and more chairs. On the other side of the fireplace, expansive lake views are the highlight of the hearth room, which features drop down steps for even more beautiful vistas.
An unusual stair tower connects the home’s five levels. While spacious, each room was designed for maximum living in minimum space. In the lower level, a guest suite adds additional accommodations for friends or family. On the first level, a home office/study near the main living areas keeps family members close but also allows for privacy.
The second floor features a spacious master suite, a children’s suite and a whimsical playroom area. Two bedrooms open to a shared bath. Vanities on either side can be closed off by a pocket door, which allows for privacy as the child grows. A third bedroom includes a built-in bed and walk-in closet. A second-floor den can be used as a master suite retreat or an upstairs family room.
The rear entrance features abundant closets, a laundry room, home management area, lockers and a full bath. The easily accessible entrance allows people to come in from the lake without making a mess in the rest of the home. Because this three-garage lakefront home has no basement, a recreation room has been added into the attic level, which could also function as an additional guest room.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
If you have some room for wrapping but can't commit to storing bags and paper for any occasion, get selective. Keep several rolls of natural kraft paper and a few rolls of shiny white, add the right bow for the occasion, and you're good to go. Natural kraft paper gift bags paired with tissue paper and tied with raffia are a good look for most gifts, simple and streamlined. More:How to Tackle a Rainbow of Ribbons
The laundry room in this home is full of fun, but it's also perfectly designed to suit the family's laundry needs, with counterspace for folding and plenty of shelving, drawers and cabinetry for storage. More:Contemporary Family Retreat on Lake MichiganFamily-Friendly Coastal Style in MichiganArtistic and Peaceful in Ann Arbor
8. There are almost too many creative design ideas in this laundry room to list! Houzzers bookmarked this photo for the unique gray cabinetry and orange fixtures, but they also loved the smart storage ideas, the quirky wallpaper, and the open shelving above the countertop.
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