Before this project could start, the source of the water leaking through the walls had to be found and corrected. Then the old mortar was chiseled out and redone. The stones are from a local quarry and have lots of sparkle in them, so we left much of it exposed. The client also liked the visual warmth of the original wood paneling, so wood-look porcelain tile was used on the floor to enhance that feeling. Creating large areas for storage was an important criteria for the use of the room, and to not have it feel overwhelming the paint color for the custom cabinetry was selected so it would blend with the stone walls.
The design for the cabinets on this wall allowed for a pull-out turntable, album storage, all of the audio-visual equipment, and a couple of granite topped shelves for art display.
Design: Carol Lombardo Weil, Photo: Alain Jaramillo