home of distinction
The den is a hangout spot outside the three kids’ bedrooms. Wall-to-wall built-ins
by FFT provide a media space, tilt-out toy bins and a sliding library ladder
for the kids to reach books and board games. Furniture with Sunbrella and
Crypton fabric upholstery and metal tabletops offer durability and function.
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house,” Bishop says. “The shiplap evolved from
just being on one wall in the kids’ den to wrap-ping
the circulation spaces because it felt right
and carried the theme of the house.”
A sense of togetherness is enforced through
an open family living area on the top floor and
the kids’ den on the floor below. The spaces
are laid back, allowing the Aldredge children to
eat, live and play together.
“The kids have learned to play with each
other. They don’t rely on sensory stimuli. I
wanted the ground floor to enforce that sense
of togetherness,” Donna says.
In the den, Fuchs and FFT also built a multi-
functional wall of shelving that showcases a
furniture look and includes tilt-out toy bin
storage, media capabilities, open shelving
book display and a sliding ladder.
“Everything can be put away in a few min-utes.
Everything is kid-proof, and in our eyes,
bulletproof,” Tyndall says. “Their mess can be
cleaned up in a matter of seconds and the space