After renting this home for a number of years, our clients were presented with the opportunity to purchase the home. They loved the location and the overall aesthetic of the home, but after having been a rental for many years - this home was in need of some tough love.
The modest-sized first floor layout reflected the wants and needs of the 1930's family. Unfortunately for the 21st century family, the layout was awkward with small spaces that weren't being used to their best advantage. Our clients knew there was potential to better use the space, they just didn't know where to begin.
Aside from the obvious aesthetic updates (note pink and black tile throughout the kitchen), our clients wanted a two-cook kitchen where they could engage with family and friends while having a better connection to the adjoining living area and outdoor spaces.
In addition, after years of renting, the home was in need of some major repairs and system updates - adding air conditioning was a primary need.
Aside from the obvious cosmetic updates needed, the existing kitchen/dining area was crammed into a small back corner of the home. A "sitting area" was located between the main living area and the kitchen. Since it was an area that you needed to pass through to get from the living room to the kitchen, it was difficult to place furniture in the room.
The home also had steam radiator heat only - no air conditioning and was poorly insulated. A major renovation was the perfect opportunity to install AC and update the insulation.
The clients to-do list included:
Our designers looked at the overall space utilization in the kitchen/dining/sitting areas and knew that there was a better way configure the space to meet the clients goals.
Since the sitting room area was not functioning for our clients in any capacity, extending the kitchen into this space made the most sense.
Enlarging the opening into the living room with a curved archway paid homage to the architectural aesthetic and brought more daylight into the living room space.
The powder room, originally placed between the dining/kitchen area and the sitting room, was relocated and tucked under the stairs off the living room.
Design details include:
Without adding any square footage, this first floor space has been reconfigured to almost double the size of the kitchen and dining room areas. Form meets function all packaged in a remodel that stays true to the Tudor-style architectural aesthetic of this charming Burns Park home.