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By Designer: Colleen Gove Healey
Photographer Credit: Julia Heine
Modern one-room living has its pros and cons. This family of five wanted one large open living space for kitchen, dining and family time but also wanted things like a TV and fireplace to be used in each of those spaces separately.
Our challenge was to create a built-in that both divided and united the living and dining spaces.
We used a Spark Direct Vent Vu Thru unit; so that it never felt like you were on the backside of the fireplace.
A built-in TV toward the living room and a pop-up TV that is viewable from both the dining room and the kitchen allows this large family to change the space to fit all of their various activities.
We used a Corian surround to durability against three young kids and that way we were able to bring the white frame of the built-in very close to the fireplace front. The flue for the see through Sparks unit is on the side which meant that it didn’t block the main view between the dining room and the living room. And we were able to use it to balance the vertical kitchen hood at the other end of the room