A Private Retreat
Regional CotY Award Winning interior design by Euro Design|Build|Remodel, 401 S. Sherman, Suite 209, Richardson, TX 75081, (972) 470-0303, www.eurobuilders.biz
The homeowners of this Flower Mound abode wanted to create a livable space in their attic that was tall enough and wide enough to house a room without altering the roof in any way. They wanted the space to serve as both an entertainment/media room on one end of the attic and as a guest room on the other end. The homeowners’ needs meant several challenges for the designer, but Euro Design|Build|Remodel was up to the task. First, the design team had to provide access to the guest room. Because of the pitch of the roof and the way the media room was to be set up, the only access into the new guest room was through the center of the existing wall in the media room. The solution? Access into the space is a custom entertainment armoire where the center is a hidden door. Very secret agent! Second, the guest room required a full bathroom. With limited vertical space, the bathroom had to be located closest to existing home structure where the elevation was highest. Dedicated HVAC that was brought in through the adjacent bedroom’s closet and placed into the void behind that wall with access from the closet behind it. Energy efficiency also was front of mind for the homeowners. Thus, the design team opted for foam insulation for the floor of the room (ceiling to garage below), walls and roof (all exterior). Additionally, the team placed foam insulation on media room walls to serve as a sound barrier and to improve the home theater experience. Finally, a dormer window was added in the guest room, not only for natural light but also to add dimension to the space. The window helps avoid the so-called “tomb effect” of such spaces for those guests who may be claustrophobic. The homeowners certainly are not hesitant about using the space; the room has become a family favorite, and members of the family negotiate time to stay in their private retreat. This project recently earned a Regional Contractor of the Year (CotY) Award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.