OUR FAMILY ROOM AND PLAYROOM COMBO DESIGN IS PART WAY TO COMPLETION. IT IS FUN TO PLAN A SPACE ON THE COMPUTER AND WATCH IT COME TO LIFE.
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The family room has been a work in progress from the day we moved in. For most spaces in our home I can see the end goal before we began, but not with this room. I was never able to see what I wanted this room to become because I never knew it's purpose.
We have done some upgrading to this space. Within the first few months of living here, we removed the curtains, wallpaper and painted most of the dark wood. Since then we have replaced the carpet and sliding glass door.
Although all of our updates made a huge difference, it still hasn't felt finished.
After 3.5 years of living in this home, I have finally decided to actually come up with a real plan for this space. And what better way to do it than digitally, and not just cut and paste.
Designing the Family Room and Playroom Combo
We finally decided that our family room would be a shared space, a family room and playroom combo. A room that the kids can bring their friends to hang out. Seeing as our kids are still little and have supervised playdates, it needed to be adult-friendly as well.
This is what our family room used to look like, after our initial updates. But something just never felt right about it and I was constantly changing things. So I emptied the room, took and picture and got to work on a design.
Digital Design Plans
Designing in Photoshop helped me to really see how my ideas would play out in real life. It allowed me to bring in items I already owned as well as new items I was looking to add and see if they all worked together to create one cohesive space.
Bringing the Space to Life
This is the original space after following the plans I created. Having a plan allows me to still take my time and add pieces over time to reach my end goal. Because I know what I want my space to look like in the end, the piece I bring into the space will be intentional, and not wasteful.
And here we are a month later with the additon of our DIY Swing Set because I preplaned the space I knew the swings would fit perfectly.
Moving Forward with Future Plans
The fireplace side of the room has not been touched, because of time, resources and budget. You can see our plan is to modernize the built-ins add additional lighting and update the fireplace.
I am still not sold on the fireplace as I don't really want to paint it, so I am researching alternative methods to achieve a more updated look.
The great thing about a plan is that I can also come back here and try something new digitally before I waste any resources.