We've removed the paneling and will removing the two existing windows and replacing them with one massive window, similar to this one in It's Complicated:
The window is actually 3 separate windows and will be around fifteen feet long. It will completely open our loft to the back yard and I cannot wait!!!
Here's that area of the loft when we were living in it and using it as our kitchen during the renovations:
It's how it pretty much looks now with our wall-to-wall seagrass and half-painted walls. The guys got as much done up here before we moved in. You can really see how "pink" the beige was in the house compared to the cream we're changing it to...
And here's the view from this past Fall:
When you walk into the loft when we're finished, you'll really get to appreciate the view & almost feel as if you're outside. We've added & enlarged windows wherever possible. When I come home to our house (the downstairs) after travelling, I'm really struck by how open it is and I feel slightly exposed, but in a good way. When it snows, you feel like you're almost out there with the snow. This past week or two, everything turned technicolor green outside with the Spring, and there's a bit of a green glow in our house right now because it's so open. (I was on facetime with my dad and he asked me what color green was on the walls!!) I love it!! So, I think adding this massive window upstairs will really get the upstairs feeling the same way.
We're planning to add a window seat under the window:
This is going to be the biggest window seat I've ever seen at fifteen feet long... I'm wondering how our workroom will get the cushion here. ("Where there's a will" I guess?? ;) ;)
Here's another view of the family room "before":
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