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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Elevation modifications - Part II

Furthering previous work to the recessed wall I spoke of in my last post, Elevation modifications - Part 1, I discovered quite a few dimensions were incorrect.  Most notable was the width of the kitchen, and then the distance from the far wall of the house, to the leading edge of the drop-down duct wall.  I then noticed the duct wall wasn't 3' 3" as it should have been.  When I fixed all of this, I gained a more accurate representation of the room, gained more square footage in the Family Room, gained the recessed wall I was looking for, and gained back the alcove (niche wall, or whatever it's called).  Then I took a couple snaps.

Let me know what you think of the alcove, does it work?  Do you like the semi-arch?

Alcove - Recessed Wall

Stair Well

Proper Dimensions

You can see I also managed to add in some stairs, spent some time here, and quite honestly it deserved it.  I can't tell you how many models I've gone into and was bothered by the interior decorator's choice in stair well art!  Which posed the question to me, what am I going to add in my stair well?  Well something last night sparked, and I started thinking tapestry, then I started thinking Celtic, and so I came up with The Tree of Life

Looks like an art project!  The image of the tree I found online, created by an artist adoomer (need to give credit to other artists I'm using), imported into Adobe Illustrator, then to Photoshop to add a linen textured background.  As I envision creating it in real life, I imagine using either a cappuccino colored linen, or even better a fine bamboo paper weave, with the tree being another layer of cloth glued, or stitched over it.  Then framed of course!  I love the symbolism, and depiction of roots, and especially how the tree trunk is like the path way between the first and second floor.

As always, enjoy!


  1. I like the alcove with the arch. Nice choice on the artwork too :)

    1. I'm not sure if the arch aligns with a style, maybe Tuscan? Anyway, I like it too, it's not a full arch (semi-cirlce, circa '80s), but is instead refreshing and subtle.

  2. Awesome! I'm glad you like it :)

  3. I like the alcove, too! But you have the mudroom closet where the HVAC is. The back of the closet is flush with the back of the stairwell. :)

  4. Such an eye for detail!!! I'll fix it A.S.A.P.

  5. Lol...I didn't notice the first time I read this post! But I was looking at your render to see if I had any more pictures that might help you, so it popped out at me. :)

  6. Looks good - just remember about existing electrical, duct, and plumbing in that wall.

  7. I set up a meeting with my PM for Monday. We'll go over the feasibility at the model, but he did express it's something management would have to approve. To push forward, I said that is fine, and the meeting will likely help gain insight even if I have to do it aftermarket. This would be a BIG WIN for RH if they approve it.

  8. Good luck getting it approved. We asked for a wall to be moved in the basement and they said flat out - no. Since all the walls are pre-built, they can't make changes that big. We were only asking it be moved out two feet. The only two things they did for us was to remove the closet in the "mud room" so that we can put in a hall tree (bench and coat rack), and we removed the door to the toilet in the master bath (because I hate that claustrophobic phobic feeling).

  9. They seem more concerned with MOVING things, as opposed to ADDING things. I'm not surprised that they wouldn't approve moving an entire wall, but I've heard of several people (including myself) getting openings framed for french doors down the road. It'll be interesting to find out what they decide here.


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