Our 20 y/o basement family room (approx. 37' x 13'+ [with 8'7" ceiling]) serves as a media room / workout space / food service area. Other than the workout equipment, no furniture occupies the space. We want to achieve a VERY INVITING / COMFY / WARM space that retains: 2 buffet service areas [granite top] / drawer - cupboard storage / new LARGE flat screen TV / new furniture (mix of leather / fabric) --- COMFY / COMFY / COMFY / maximum seating (10 + folks) - with option to place feet on ottoman or raise leg support / ability to provide absolute darkness during day hours (for ease of television viewing) / retention of workout equipment (SOUTH end of room) / new practical (NO SHAG) carpet [steps / vestibule / family room] / ?? appropriate workout flooring (SOUTH end of room) vs. carpet. The two floor to ceiling windows / one door each have between-the-glass blinds (not changing). The corner fireplace = gas. New ceiling fan and light fixtures (x 3) are needed (as well as replacement of the "frog eye" lights (x 2) which currently highlight the existing television).
We would like to achieve a COZY, STYLISH, RELAXING, LOW MAINTENANCE, QUALITY family room complete with 2 food service areas (granite topped) / LARGE flat screen TV / seating for 10+ individuals with user-friendly table tops / area for workout equipment (south end of room). Rich neutral colors need to be entwined throughout the design. We intend to execute the winning project in the near future. Additional interior remodeling projects are available in our home -- pending the success of this initial request. The winning designer should be available by e-mail, phone or skype. We would like to be able to review all design entries by May 22, 2013.
"Constraints:" fireplace (not relocatable) / 6 Indian sculptures / x 1 mounted fish / workout equipment (x 3 pieces) / between window blinds (x 3 @ north end of room) / 4-piece stereo equipment with 2 speakers should be incorporated into the new room design. The remainder of the room needs will be purchased pending design recommendations. The 4 component stereo equipment can be relocated within the room. The LARGE flat screen TV (to be located on the east wall) must be viewable from any position within the room (?? rotating wall mount). The wood blinds on the 2 banks of windows can be replaced (again - providing "blackout" conditions during daylight). The current carpet / tile flooring / wall paint / light fixtures / ceiling fan need replacement. The pickled wood stain will not be changed. Please suggest table pieces that accommodate food service (glasses / plates / potential spills ----- EZ clean and maintenance). Wiring for the LARGE flat screen TV will be located behind the wall which it is mounted upon (utility room): NO visualization of electrical cords / wires. The 2 food buffet / service areas: (1) where current TV and stereo equipment reside; (2) built-in where mounted fish resides.
The style depicted in the room should be up-to-date traditional (NOT excessively contemporary as the remainder of the home is traditional). Would prefer rich neutral colors (overcome our current VANILLA look). We would like QUALITY selections for the room.
Please include both a visual and narrative description(s) of the remodel.