They’ve finished framing the second floor and are beginning to frame the third, so designers with second floor rooms were able to see the space, visualize their design and double-check on measurements. It was fun to see the house “in the flesh” and view the bare bones of the project. I love that I get to participate from the ground up.
When you work on a construction project from the very beginning, you have to use floor and architectural plans to get an idea what the shape of the house is. Most of the time, I work on homes that are already built, allowing you to see the space in 3-D. It’s easier to visualize the rooms this way and to imagine how you will decorate them.
Even though designers are working separately on the rooms, the tour created a sense of camaraderie and team building which I enjoyed sharing in. We are all in it together, trying to donate our time and create beautiful spaces for a great cause.
Touring the construction project also helped me to see the space literally, so I could identify potential quirks or kinks that may impact my design plan. While it didn’t directly impact original plans, I found it funny to see a large window in the shower stall; as a designer I am always on the lookout to make sure function and space align well.
Another surprise was a change in measurements; one wall was a foot longer than expected! This was a nice surprise because we get more room to work with for our final installations.
Another thing I noticed when walking through the Ronald McDonald House was how the design incorporates the theme of the location into the building. As you enter, there’s a lounge that’s open to the floor above, a double-height ceiling. The window faces beautiful oak trees and the garden outside, but is also in the shape of a house. I thought this was beautiful design planning because it was so personal and special to the home’s mission.
Once the walls and insulation are completed, I will be touring the Ronald McDonald House again before the final room installation in December. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress! If you’d like to help out, you can feel free to donate to the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford here.
Photos: Jana Meewes Magginetti