Be sure to stop by the shop to pick up the Spring 2015 issue of
Flip to page 40 for "Home, Reimagined" featuring a beautiful custom addition by Robert Kulp. This project was a great collaboration between Robert's two companies: Blue Ridge Residential and Black Dog Salvage .
Here's an excerpt, reprinted with permission from HOME Magazine with images by Kevin Hurley Photography.
"In their first renovation, while they were still in Mississippi, the Johns redid the kitchen, added the extra bedroom, and then stopped. In their rush to make the home habitable for their family, Chris and Jenny did a few things they wish they had done differently. They felt like their renovated kitchen was not large enough, that the family simply needed more space than they realized. So a few years after settling into their home, the couple called in their dear friend Robert Kulp of Black Dog Salvage and Blue Ridge Residential for his assistance to correct these issues. Kulp understood exactly how Chris and Jenny wanted to enhance their home. "His vision is like ours, open and rustic," says Jenny. The result of their collaboration is an enormous great room that extends from the back of the kitchen.
Kulp has created a family-friendly space including a huge sunroom and outdoor entertainment zone. The John home is the neighborhood gathering place. As Harris says, "It is all about 'come in, sit down and be comfortable."
Thanks to Kulp and his vision, an expansive 500-square-foot sunroom extends into their back yard. With three walls of windows, hewn beams and a high ceiling, the room is dramatic and perfect for an active family. With Kulp's contacts in the salvage world, he was able to reclaim beams from an old barn and resurrect the floors from a Birmingham tobacco barn. The outer brick wall of the original home is now an inside wall. Oriental rugs cover portions of the floor to add warmth and style. A large table stretches across a portion of the room and is ideal fro projects, homework or a holiday dinner. Jenny describes this as "the best room of the house." It is a family room, a party room, an everything room.
Kulp recognized the importance of entertainment space, and used this great room as the anchor. An area closest to the kitchen serves as a wet bar, complete with wine refrigerators, a sink and a small bar. An outer door leads to a side porch and an outdoor kitchen with a large grill, smoker, cooking area and fireplace. Nearby outdoor seating and a generous-sized patio doubling as a dance floor are ideal extensions of this new addition."