After “I don’t remember how many” years, we have finally embarked on that long awaiting family room project. Ever since we moved here 14 years ago, the family room was the only one that we never touched. In fact, it has gotten so bad that Steph has challenged to me to take a look at what is “in” the couch and my barcolounger. “In” meaning….all of the bacteria and other mythical flesh eating microbes that could have survived 14 years of fat butts, pizza, Chinese food, potato chips, flatulence attacks, soda/beer, snot, coins, etc.
So yesterday, we commenced our Shopping for Furniture tour of Buffalo visiting 5 stores. These ranged the gamut of luxury at Calvins to the upper middle class of Bassett, to the middle of the road La-Z-boy to the where the rejected used car salespeople work at I won’t name the chains for fear of reprisals. All in all, even though we were not impressed with the “design consultant” at La-Z-boy, they had what we liked for what appears to be the most reasonably priced.
This is what we are starting from. The challenge, as you can see, is to work with a rather narrow room of 10 feet and at the same time, maximize the seating arrangement. The length is a little over 26 feet. Too often, we find ourselves entertaining and people sit on either folding chairs or the floor. Ideally, we would love to have a sectional but it won’t work here. Click on the pictures for their enlarged version.
This is the view of the family room from the entryway that leads from the dining room. Note the windows on the right side. These windows face the afternoon sun (west). In all likelihood, we would love to hang a flat screen tv from the wall above the existing tv on the right side but I guess that will have to wait to see how much $ is left.
This is the view from the office entryway. Notice the door that leads to the backyard in the upper middle of the picture. Behind that door is a bookcase is built into the wall. And for those of you who are wondering, the ceiling is 8’4″ high.
This is the view opposite the door that you saw on the left in the above picture. The window, above, separates the family room from the kitchen. The story behind this is the house used to be a small single family cape. Over the years, various improvements and additions were made. The family room is actually outside the original house and is basically a fully enclosed patio. Above the family room are parts of the house (boy’s bedrooms) that were added on to the original structure.
This is the new floor plan that I put together that I think will accomplish what we want. It provides for more seating and after 30 some odd years, finally gives Steph a chair she can call her own…the lounger on the right! And below is a description of the various pieces and their dimensions. This is the part where we were not impressed with the “design consultant”. *I* put this floor plan together and not once did the “design consultant” suggest an in-home visit to help us decide. And on top of which, she even told us that we would never be able to get a sectional, or what resembles one, in the size of room we have.
And of course, we still have to replace the carpeting as well as paint the upper part and the ceiling.
And so now begins the adventure…..check back and check back often! And please don’t read the police blotter section in the Amherst Bee…you won’t find us there! If you have any suggestions, ideas, wish to take sides, care to make a contribution, say prayers, etc. please drop me a note!