When there are six children in the family, recreational space
can easily become a challenge. Even with a large home that has
been renovated and expanded, Dr. Egerton and Anne van den Berg
found it difficult to find suitable leisure space for their children
who range from teenager to toddler.
The van den Bergs found the space they needed at an unusual spot-their
guest house located next door.
The van den Bergs called on PSG Construction, who had completed
several previous renovations and additions, to come up with a
recreation room that could accommodate their teenage son and
his band, plus be equally suitable for the rest of the family.
The solution was a 1,300 square foot recreation room that is
just steps away from the back yard of the main residence. The
room is designed to resemble the gathering room of a comfortable
cabin, with a 16 foot vaulted ceiling that accentuates the room's
spaciousness. The tongue-and-groove ocher stained pine ceiling
complements the heart pine in the guest house. Pine wall detailing
emulates the framework of the windows. Solid timber beams with
decorative finials give massive appeal to the room. Floor-to-ceiling
windows line one wall to bring in plenty of natural lighting
and a pleasantly landscaped view. Storage closets were also designed
into the space, and a full bathroom also serves as the pool bath
for the main house.
The focal point of the room is the 22 foot built-in entertainment
center with electronic equipment that is the latest in technology.
The entertainment center houses a 65" true high definition
television set up for DTS-ES surround sound, and flanked by two
32" TVs that have the capability of serving as computer
monitors, video game monitors and cable outputs. Behind the built-in
is a walkway that gives access to wiring for the electronic equipment.
Wanting to be sure that neighbors and guest house occupants would
not be disturbed, the van den Bergs requested that the structure
be well insulated.
"I'm surprised how well the room is insulated," Anne
Anne says the room really is an all-purpose room. In addition
to serving as a place for the kid's band to practice, the children
practice their individual instruments there. They often play
computer and video games. Egerton enjoys escaping to the room
to watch movies or read the newspaper. "We've had parties
in the room also," says Anne.
The new recreation room rarely gets a rest. Multiple activities
can take place in the room. It serves as a perfect party house
or quiet respite. Most of all, the van den Berg children have
room to creatively express themselves, and Mom knows exactly
where they are
just a few convenient steps away. PSG
Drywall - R.K.
Interior Trim & Doors - Residential Building Supply
Plumbing Labor - Modern Plumbing
Air Conditioning & Heating - Air Masters
Cabinetry - S & W Kitchens, Inc.
Carpet - Florida Home Carpet
Roofing - Steppi Roofing
Electronic Equipment - Mr. Hook-it-up