Peel House Perspectives – February 13, 2020

Design choices….

In January we have continued to move forward with design choices for the Peel House. We are working with Senger Design Group (SDG) to select finishes, flooring and lighting. We have developed a great sense of collegiality with SDG; they have come and listened to our vision for the house, the different usages, and conducted much research on homes of this age. It is exciting to catch glimpses of what the spaces might look like upon completion.

We were presented with several options for color schemes, fixtures, and flooring and have selected a primarily historic look for the main floor. The color scheme includes: tans, creams, and muted blue tones for the wall coverings to include both fabric and paint, and for any additional furniture that may be selected. The flooring on the main floor will be hardwood with the possibility of adding rugs as desired. We hope to remove the carpet on the grand staircase, refinish the wood and add a carpet runner. It promises to be a very elegant look. All of the ceiling light fixtures will be replaced to add both beautiful new pieces and optimal lighting for a bright and clean look. Where ceilings have decorative plaster applique currently we will add understated lighting to enhance the existing ceiling and provide adequate lighting for room usage. We plan to replace the lighting in the house with LEDs.

Soft, subdued tones. Soothing color scheme associated with harmony.
Relates to exterior palette.

The second level of the house will largely be meeting space in addition to new restrooms and a coffee bar. We will follow the color palette from the main floor and add carpet in all the spaces with the exception of a few. The coffee bar will be in the West facing room that connects the two existing classrooms. We will remove a closet from the hallway to create a bigger space and access from the hall to that room. The room will have tile flooring and a back splash of really beautiful picket tiles. It will be a great space for a quick meeting, a reading nook, or just to relax and enjoy the view of Pikes Peak. The room that is attached an in the Northwest corner will be used as more of a comfortable lounge and meeting space. It would be perfect for an Aspen Group, a book club, or to hang out before another meeting! The room will have a hardwood floor with rugs, and will potentially be styled with comfortable furniture, tables and chairs, and a large screen.

The lower level of the house will become the new location for our youth center and will have dedicated space for our 12 step groups in what was the billiards room. The flooring will largely be carpet, we are still discussing some of the choices for the youth room. The color scheme in the lower level will be brighter and more contemporary in its styling.

We are really excited to share some of the ideas and selections for the Peel House as we move forward. It will be a lovely space regained to use for ministries new and old, celebrations, concerts and all that one might imagine.

Peel House Perspectives – January 2020

As we continue moving forward with the Peel House renovation project this will be the space where you can find updates on the different pieces of the renovation. 

The renovation team for the Peel House will be meeting about once a month to track progress and finalize design decisions on the project.  When we gather, our meetings typically include a financial update, design and architect update, construction update, and comments from the group on specific details.  In addition to the full renovation committee we also have a design team and a group of “owners reps.”  The owner representatives will be a group that meets with the Nunn Construction team at least weekly throughout the pre-construction and construction phase of the project.  They are trusted to make real-time decisions, work with the Nunn Construction to ensure that plans are being followed and timelines adhered to, and that any changes can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.  This group will keep the full renovation committee informed of progress and bring any big changes or construction issues to the full group.  The design team is working on the interior design choices such as finishes, lighting, kitchen design, and flooring.  This group includes the architect firm and the design firm.  As selections are being made by this team they come back to the renovation committee for discussion and to move forward with selections.

In terms of finances we are closing in on making a choice for the loan that will support the project as pledges continue to be fulfilled through the three-year commitment time frame of the capital campaign.  We are so grateful for the pledges made and so pleased that many pledges have already been fulfilled which means we are able to apply for a lower loan number.  We continue to work with Nunn Construction on maintaining the scope of the project within the financial gifts of the congregation as pledged during the campaign.

It is really exciting to have reached a point where groundbreaking is not far off and we can even begin to visualize spaces and uses in the newly renovated facility.  It will be a gift to open this facility to the ministries of our congregation and expand our outreach opportunities to create new life at First Lutheran as we live into our mission “to equip members to be fully committed followers of Jesus Christ, who seek to glorify Almighty God in their lives and share with others the joy and salvation of the Christian faith.” 

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