There is no question about which came first: it was the bedroom space, which was a porch at one time, enclosed during a previous renovation. However, I like to think that the bed that we designed as a part of this complete renovation has a presence enough to hold its own as an anchor in this unique space. The bed completes the space and wouldn't make as much sense on any other room.
The raw material with which we had to work for the bedroom was stunning: a wide space of moderate depth with three walls addressing a majestic marsh view. The Intracoastal Waterway runs so close to the property as to give the impression of being in a boat. The Ben Sawyer, Pitt Street, and Cooper River bridges provide visual landmarks from right to left.
While the views from the bedroom were outstanding, the proportions and layout of the space as we found it were odd. The bed was positioned against a wall to one side. On the other side of the bed wall was an office only accessible through a closet and an adjacent bedroom. The entry to the master bedroom was off center with the space, which was finished with bland, painted drywall on the ceilings and walls.
We suggested several important changes to the space that would leave the room mostly intact, building upon its strengths while tailoring it for a better fit. The windows were replaced with two-over-two Marvin double hung units, coordinating with the complete renovation of the rest of the residence. We eliminated two of the existing ten windows, leaving the six in the center of the view, to make it more feasible to furnish the narrower flanking walls. The entry vestibule was renovated to incorporate a built in office and line storage capabilities, removing the principal desk from the bedroom. A new vaulted dormer with round window was added int he center of the space, giving order and volume to the space from the interior and exterior perspectives, and the entry door for the master was centered in the dormer and the wall into which is was integrated.
Lastly, the wall and ceilings were fitted with shiplap paneling and v-groove material, respectively, for interest, texture, and long-wearing durability. The existing oak flooring was refinished. Outside, the existing deck was completely rebuilt and enlarged.
The design of the bed picks up on the paneling details in another way. It was designed with open slats to allow a sense of transparency, allowing peaks of the view upon the approach to the bedroom, or while sitting at the deck in the entry vestibule. Lower wings designed to serve as a back for the integrated bedside tables, which seamlessly continue the slat lines around from the back of the bed to the front. The electrical system was integrated into the structure to allow swing arm lamps to mount to the headboard and outlets to mount below the tables.
JP Byrne and his team at Four Corners Woodworking did a nice job in crafting and installing the bed.
Please take a few moments to see some of the other furnishings that we have designed to integrate with our architecture in a renovated nursery, a bench lining a Kiawah Island deck, and seating for a Sullivan's Island front porch. More can be found by following the Custom Furniture Design category to the right.