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Slope Ceilings Solutions

Posted on: December 16, 2011

Spotting the above photo, I was immediately transported back to an apartment I lived in just prior to my current home. It was three stories up — a vast amount for northern Vermont, where there are few multi-story, multi-family buildings. And the flat was reached via a series of stairs / landing / stairs/ landing / stairs / front door. How on earth to get furniture up there? And what large pieces the space could have accommodated. As in the picture, everything was open, large, white walls, natural-wood-toned floors. I had seen a GORGEOUS over-stuffed couch – six-feet-long; it would have looked quite classy…

My dilemma was that my tenure in the apartment was probably going to be short: I was renting as the condo awaited a sale. It had been on the market a good year before I moved in; it sold three months after I moved in!

But, to get back to the SPACE…

Like the picture above, the condo’s living room had a slope ceiling, with skylights. The owner’s solution had been to place the couch up against the wall. My solution had been to make the immediate area a dining room space and pull the living room out into the “area of full height” — ie, the opposite side of the room. That left my seating area, much as in the picture, in the middle of the room.

Study the photo closely. What an absolutely brilliant solution to an awkward situation!

A shelf that runs seemingly around the room a few inches from the floor gives much-needed shelf space for the TV, magazines, books, trinkets like that copper kettle. The area rug defines the “TV AREA”; and the seating is cleverly kept close to the ground — although not everyone need go with this solution; there is plenty of wall height to mount the TV and have conventional seating.

In short, rather than a cramped “under-the-eaves” area, what has now been created is an area of great intimacy. You can turn your back on the cares of the world — or the house — sit and enjoy a book, the TV, a snack.

Click on the picture to see MORE of this exception home; its website is HOME DESIGNING.

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