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High-Style, Hardworking Spaces | 2019 Idea House

Who says hardworking spaces should be hidden behind closed doors? At the 2019 Idea House, we’ve packed high-functioning spaces with lots of stylish ideas, and they’re meant to be seen

Making a Connection

Photo by Nat Rea

A metal roof and board-and-batten siding painted in gunmetal gray signal this more casual, family-friendly part of the house. Kids ready to start their homework can follow stairs just inside the doorway from the mudroom directly up to a row of convertible desks under wide windows, or drop the day’s dirty clothes in the second-floor laundry room.
ENGINEERED WOOD SIDING: LP SmartSide
WINDOWS & DOORS: Sierra Pacific Windows
SKYLIGHTS: VELUX
EXTERIOR PAINT: Benjamin Moore’s Gunmetal
LANDSCAPING: Ascape Landscape & Construction Corp
PAVERS: Unilock
PAVER JOINTING MORTAR: Joint-It-Simple
GARAGE DOORS: Fimbel Architectural Door Specialties

Family-Friendly Mudroom Entrance

Photo by Nat Rea

The welcoming side porch offers a handy spot to rest grocery bags en route to the kitchen, as well as a sheltered place to pause outside the mudroom in wet weather.
STYLING: Iconic Modern Home
FRENCH DOORS: Sierra Pacific Windows
LIGHT FIXTURE: Clarkson Lighting
PORCH FLOOR & CEILING: Aeratis

Drop Zone

Photo by Nat Rea

It’s hard to resist shedding your shoes in this mudroom, where the 48-inch-square porcelain floor tiles are heated from below with help from an electric mat. Horizontal boards on the wall reinforce the relaxed vibe and are easier to clean than drywall.
STYLING: Iconic Modern Home
FLOOR WARMING: DITRA-HEAT by Schluter-Systems
HOOKS: House of Antique Hardware
DOG BED: Neely’s Nest

Goodbye Muddy Paws!

Photo by Nat Rea

A dog-washing station inside the mudroom door provides a place to rinse off muddy paws, as well as soiled sneakers and snowy boots. A lighthearted message in the penny-round tiles speaks to both two- and four-legged visitors.
SHOWER FITTINGS: House of ROHL
DOG-WASHING STATION TILE: Merola Tile

Graffiti Feature Wall

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Kids won’t need to elbow each other out of the way to wash hands at the informal powder room’s two-tap cast-iron trough sink just off the mudroom. Bold graffiti-look tile livens up the sink wall in the small space.
FLOOR WARMING: DITRA-HEAT by Schluter-Systems
DOUBLE SINK AND FAUCETS: Kohler, from Bender
WALL TILE: Merola Tile
LIGHT FIXTURE: Clarkson Lighting

Venetian Plaster Powder Room

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Located just inside the front entry hall, a Venetian plaster accent wall and white oak select-grade floor in a herringbone pattern add a formal feel to the powder room for guests.
FLOORING: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods
CONSOLE SINK: ROHL
VENETIAN PLASTER: Sandy McDonald
LIGHT FIXTURE: Circa Lighting
ARTWORK: Donna Marxer

Carriage House Charm

Photo by Nat Rea

Adjacent to the mudroom entrance, three handsome vinyl composite carriage-house-style doors, insulated for an R-value of 9.12, open up to a four-car garage. How’s that? Read on!
GARAGE DOORS: Fimbel Architectural Door Specialties, with LiftMaster openers, installed by Big Guy Garage Doors
PAVERS: Unilock

An Auto-Enthusiast’s Dream

Photo by Nat Rea

The garage includes a lift that instantly transforms it from a home for three cars into one for four.
AUTO LIFT: Atlas Automotive Equipment
PAVERS: Unilock
LIGHT FIXTURES: Clarkson Lighting
GARAGE FLOOR COATING: Garage Living

Enviable Flooring—Even in the Garage

Photo by Nat Rea

The professionally installed polyaspartic coating on the garage floor looks like epoxy but is far more durable.
GARAGE FLOOR COATING: Garage Living
POWER EQUIPMENT: Festool
STORAGE SYSTEMS: Garage Living

Easy Access

Photo by Nat Rea

Garage door openers make for easy—and secure—access.
ORGANIZATION SYSTEM: Garage Living
GARAGE FLOOR COATING: Garage Living
GARAGE DOORS: Fimbel Architectural Door Specialties
GARAGE DOOR OPENERS: LiftMaster, installed by Big Guy Garage Doors

Everything in Its Place

Photo by Nat Rea

Slatted wall organizers keep the floor clutter-free. Accessories include bins, baskets, and hooks as well as racks for tools, sporting goods, and gardening equipment.
GARAGE STORAGE SYSTEM: Garage Living
GARAGE DOOR OPENER: LiftMaster, installed by Big Guy Garage Doors

Compact Charging Station

Photo by Nat Rea

A 40-amp electric car charger fits compactly against the garage wall.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGER: Leviton

Pocket-Perfect

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Pocket doors leading to the home office from the game room can be closed when privacy is needed.
STYLING: Iconic Modern Home
RUG: Lillian August
LIGHT FIXTURES: Floor Lamp and Table Lamp by Circa Lighting
POCKET DOOR & FLOORING: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods
POCKET DOOR HARDWARE: House of Antique Hardware
ARTWORK: Len Prince

Dark-Hued Home Office

Photo by Nat Rea

The home office’s walls, ceiling, and trimwork all share the same rich blue-black hue, and the effect is cozy and comforting, even when there’s work to do. French doors beckon outdoors, to the front porch, when the weather’s fine.
STYLING: Iconic Modern Home
RUG: Lillian August
LIGHT FIXTURES: Floor Lamp and Table Lamp by Circa Lighting
FRENCH DOORS & WINDOWS: Sierra Pacific Windows
ARTWORK: Len Prince

Handsome Homework Station

Photo by Nat Rea

Just upstairs from the mudroom, a studio/homework space is brightened by fixed skylights by day, wall lights and desk lamps by night.

SKYLIGHTS: VELUX
LIGHTING: Sconces, desk lamps by Clarkson Lighting
STYLING: Iconic Modern Home

Sunny Study Space

Photo by Nat Rea

A row of windows looks out on the stunning stained glass windows of the neighboring church next door. Push a button and the desks go from seating to standing height for comfort.
STYLING: Iconic Modern Home
WINDOWS: Sierra Pacific Windows
LIGHT FIXTURES: Wall Sconces and Table Lamps by Clarkson Lighting
FLOOR: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods

Lovely Laundry Room

Photo by Nat Rea

The adjacent upstairs laundry features an extra-large-capacity washer and steam dryer, both Wi-Fi enabled. Quartz slabs provide stain-resistant surfaces for handwashing and folding; hanging space is within easy reach. Black aluminum edging around the windows ties in with the matte-black faucet and sink.
CABINETS: New England Cabinet Company
FLOOR TILE: Merola Tile
WASHER/DRYER: LG, provided by County TV & Appliance
COUNTERTOP: Dushi Marble & Granite
FAUCET: ROHL
ALUMINUM EDGING PROFILE: Schluter-Systems
STYLING: Iconic Modern Home