Our clients loved the home, the beautiful surrounding yard and the neighborhood, but the home was long overdue for some updates. Since they were already committed to making the investment to remodel - they figured why not look into options for reconfiguring the existing first-floor spaces to make them work better for their family?
There was plenty of square footage in the home, but the home’s layout was choppy, with a family room that was fully closed off from the kitchen. The beautiful patio could only be reached via an exterior door off the family room. And the kitchen’s dark overhead cabinet layout effectively blocked all views into the eating area.
They knew the current configuration was not using the home's space effectively. With a growing family and a love of entertaining, our clients envisioned a home that would accommodate large gatherings that could easily flow onto the back patio and the beautiful yard beyond.
Designer: Melissa Kennedy and Melanie Grabarkiewicz
Project Management: The Meadowlark Project Team
Photography: Sean Carter Photography
Reconfiguring the space without blasting out all of the walls required creative thinking. Our designers quickly concluded that tweaking the existing kitchen layout and updating finishes just wasn’t going to work. First and foremost - how to open up the existing space and use it more effectively to meet the needs of the clients?
Our client's wish list included:
By stealing space from the large living room and family room, our designers knew they could come up with solutions that would help our clients get the functions they needed. The existing living room was large and wasn't a room that was regularly used, thus losing some square footage wouldn't be missed. By doing this our designers were able to add a storage pantry to the kitchen and create a unique transition hall with custom bookcases that showcased leaded glass doors that were family heirlooms. Ditto for the large family room space - losing just a few square feet created the perfect drop-zone to manage the day-to-day clutter.
Design Solutions included:
This typical 1970’s home had loads of space, but the dark closed-concept aesthetic of the period just wasn’t working for the homeowners. The design team took this first floor from groovy to awesome without changing the footprint or moving any major walls. With innovative space planning and unique selections the designers made the inefficient rooms into beautiful and functional spaces.
Opening up the flow to adjoining first-floor rooms allows the owners to engage with their teenage children while still doing what they love – cook! The wall of glass sliders along the back wall floods the kitchen with natural light, showcases the beautiful wooded lot and creates the perfect party space for large gatherings.
Our clients said it best with their review posted on a national home improvement photo media site: “The design that they came up with was innovative and highly functional. We really couldn’t be happier with the finished product.”