The problem stemmed from the fact that Susan wanted to add a new bedroom onto the side of the house where the fireplace already existed. (The other side of the living room faces gorgeous views of Eagle Rock.)
So she had to decide what to do: Remove the fireplace? (See how the fireplace looks from inside the living room.) Or incorporate the back of the fireplace (originally on the outside of the house) into her bedroom decorating scheme?
As you can see from this photo, Susan chose the latter, having the masonry of the fireplace covered with the same smooth-troweled plaster as her new bedroom, but in a contrasting color. The antique hutch and trailing houseplant add to the scene.
You’ll also notice that she settled for a step-down into the new bedroom, to save money, rather than raising the new floor up to the level of the house. Would you have done that?
How would you handle this design dilemma?