House Beautiful Whole Home Concept House 2020 Up Close: The Playroom

ARCHITECTURAL GRILLE has been thrilled to partner once again with House Beautiful on their 2020 Whole Home Concept House. This year’s Whole Home Concept House was built by Nicholas Custom Homes in Colorado’s Fox Hill, an eco-friendly community built around a sustainable farm, and proceeds from tours benefit SECOR Cares, a Colorado-based nonprofit dedicated to serving those struggling with food insecurity. Read more about the project here.

Our grilles and custom metalwork can be spotted throughout the entire house. First, we walked you through the stunning artisan kitchen, which features our custom brass infill panels. Then, we stopped by the treehouse-inspired dining room, followed by a visit to the tea room for a relaxing cup, followed by a walkthrough of the all-in-one Boomer Suite. Now, stop by for a drink and family time in the Playroom.


The Designers: Cristina Casañas-Judd and General Judd of Me and General Design

The Task: Now that visiting the local pub may not be an option, Cristina and General Judd designed a playroom for the entire family that ensures that you won’t miss the experience — because they brought the bar home.


The Inspiration: Inspired by the old west, the team behind Me and General sought to create a modernized speakeasy. Metalwork by Architectural Grille and wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries mirror the surrounding Colorado mountains, while a circular sofa and table create an atmosphere that inspires the entire family to gather. Warm and cool tones converge from the wallpaper to the blue bar area, which features a kegerator, full-size dishwasher, microwave, glass washer, and two-in-one beverage refrigerator. “We want to feel like it’s still home, but you want to go down to get your cocktail, your happy hour,” said designer General Judd.

Living Space

Don’t miss the… 

  • Upcycled surfboard above the bar that also serves as a working speaker
  • Half-moon tile backsplash

Spot Architectural Grille in the...

  • Cabinet Infill Panels – custom “Mountaintop” pattern made from aluminum with custom powder coat finish to complement the wallpaper selection
  • Toe Kicks – made from brass with a custom statuary finish
  • Planter Box Infill Panels – custom “Half Moon” pattern made from aluminum with custom powder coat finish to match the floor and backsplash tile selection
  • Beer Drip Tray Insert – custom “Half Moon” pattern made from stainless steel to match the floor and backsplash tile selection

Entertainment Center

Can’t get enough of the Whole Home Concept House? Grab the November 2020 print issue of House Beautiful, subscribe to get a digital issue for immediate access, and check out the YouTube series Building the Dream, which explores a different room each week.