For the Musgrove family, their sought-after additional living space was needed for an in-law suite for homeowner Judy Musgrove’s mother-in-law. In search of a residence that could accommodate their needs, the family found property in east Franklin that had a main home, a separate art studio and more than six acres of land. This need is not unique. In fact, the AARP reports that up to 90 percent of seniors wish to age in their own homes. With more families wanting to accommodate this desire, the demand for extra living quarters is on the rise.
Trace Ventures, a design-build firm that specializes in residential remodeling, was hired to convert the art studio into a detached in-law suite with a full bath, kitchen, bedroom and living space. The main level layout and practical design will allow the suite’s new tenant to age in place. “We typically do mother-in-law suites that sit above a garage — and basement conversions — so this one was out of the ordinary in that it is a detached structure,” says Gianni Shipman, operations manager of Trace Ventures, about the nature of the project.
In addition to creating a functional space, the Trace Ventures team (with design direction from the homeowners) was able to create a space that offered comfort and privacy. The building, constructed in 1999, was originally used as a tractor barn and was later converted into an art studio. Today, the building is reminiscent of a church, due in large part to the handful of pieces pulled from a 300-year-old church in Baltimore, MD, reclaimed by the William Powell Company and used during the earlier renovation by the previous owners, who turned it into the art studio. The new design preserved many of these aspects, including the exterior doors and architectural elements, such as the beamed ceilings. “We wanted to maintain the feeling of the space while making it light, easy and functional,” homeowner Judy Musgrove informs us. “I love the north-facing windows that allow light to flood the area — even when it is gray outside.” Trace Ventures was able to achieve this and shared similar sentiments regarding the direction of the design. “We were able to reuse these amazing old doors and keep a lot of the character of the space while converting it into a usable space for our clients’ mother to live in,” Katie Wayne, director of marketing for Trace Ventures says.
The light wood floors and cool coloring reflect décor that can be found inside the main home. Both the in-law suite and the main home are light and open, which instills a sense of peace and calm. The coloring is consistent throughout the property, and a welcome pop of personality can be found in the cabinets, which are robin’s-egg blue with a gray wash. While looking for plain white cabinets, Judy and her daughter were attracted to the beachy feel of these cabinets.
The design elements and the décor come together to create a space that Judy Musgrove’s mother-in-law can now call home.
“Anytime you do a project like this, there are good things and bad things,” Judy reminds us. “Trace has always handled the bad things with grace and professionalism, which is what I appreciate about them. Working with someone you know who is going to be able to work through some difficult situations.”
The finished product is a beautiful space for its new resident to call home.
Cabinets: Timberland Cabinetry Co., Door Style: Craftsman, Finish: Tide Water
Countertops: Cambria Stone, Whitney
- Bathroom floor tile: Ecowood 6-by-24-inch, Nominal Plank, Rovere
- Bathroom floor grout: Sterling Silver
- Shower floor tile: Level Pebble Mosiac 12-inch, Interlock French Tan
- Shower wall tile: Rondec 3/8-inch BN Tuscan Beige
Flooring: Pine (installed by previous homeowners) with one coat of clear sealer and two coats of polyurethane
Appliances: GE Artistry from CenWood
- Walls: Sherwin-Williams Promar 200 Eggshell Gray Marble 530-4
- Ceilings: Sherwin-Williams Promar 400 Flat Gray Marble
- Trim: Proclassic oil satin (Porter Velvet White)
Thank you to the Musgrove family for welcoming us into their in-law suite, and thank you to Trace Ventures for walking us through the design process!
And special thanks to Jason Krupek for the stunning photography.
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