The team at Moore House Design has been on our radar for a few years now—transforming homes on the east coast with their signature coastal-casual design style. We first discovered their work by way of their beautifully restored and sustainably-focused guest stays under the Moore House Family—yes, you can experience one of their designs for yourself, in-person. Sign us up!
Today, we’re stepping inside one of their remodels that embraces a clever solution to open-plan living, a fresh white backdrop and layered textures and neutrals. We’re here for it.
From the team at Moore House Design… We call this project our ‘CT Builder Blunder’ remodel. It’s a full reveal of the first floor of a home in Connecticut. Our team calls them ‘Builder Blunders’—an Aussie-ish term we created for spaces that are cookie-cutter new builds that crave purpose and texture. We had to bring back some depth and texture into the space and solve a few blunders in the interior architecture of the home.
The first main pain point of the space was the drop-down structural beam that allowed the first-floor formal and casual living rooms to be open to one another. Everyone is trying to create that open concept look but we cannot forget about the interior architecture of the space. Beams should look intentional, so we created a glass crittall/divider between the two zones. Thus keeping the open-plan-feel in the space, whilst adding purpose for that drop-down beam and creating a zone of separation for the two spaces.
We also wanted to add a slight bit more ‘moodiness’ to the Dining room. The classic builder blunder dining room with the home depot fixture and traditional wainscotting. Since this was a perfect square we wanted to make the ceilings feel taller thus we created a datum line higher up that encased the wainscotting to bring your eye up to the fabulous custom light fixture and cladded ceilings.
Our team made most of the wood furnishings that you see of reclaimed 1700’s farmhouse beams. You can see on the dining table legs that it still has the original method of how the home builders in the 1700’s used to number the beams to correspond with the next beams that were to be installed. Pretty cool right?
We brought in a lot of natural products/textures to level up this space and make her feel a little more elevated. Reclaimed wood, neutral textiles, stones, antique rugs, plants, and glass.