Witty and Whimsical

Purchased in 2010, the homeowners wanted to improve their experience and spaces within the home with the need of accommodating spaces for their growing family. Green technologies were a priority for the homeowners, and this LEED-certified platinum “modern farmhouse” would soon be everything they wanted.

The Vision

Originally over-crowded and small, the interior of this home was riddled with outdated features that restricted its ultimate potential. By updating the kitchen and mudroom and incorporating new and fresh design strategies, these high-volume areas would become more efficient and modern, while keeping the overall feel of the existing home.

The Team

Design & Architecture: Melanie Grabarkiewicz

Project Manager: Joe Scanlon

Design & Architecture

Schematic Design

Completed in two phases, this home had not only a kitchen and mudroom remodel, but also a master suite addition. Employing design and storage strategies to create space throughout the home for a growing family was a must. This included adding a counter space to the kitchen, table top seating, and a warm and functional glow to drive the overall direction for the complete aesthetic.

  • Custom built shelving for bookshelf in living room
  • Custom built cabinetry in kitchen and new quartz countertops
  • Updated tiling and new hardwood flooring throughout
  • Zero-entry shower in master suite with Japanese-inspired tub design
  • Open shelving concept along kitchen walls
  • Wall cut out for countertop seating in kitchen
  • New fixtures and finishes throughout
  • Double door entry to kitchen with rock wool sound insulation

Design Development

  • Integrated grey water system
  • Rain water collection system
  • Upgraded energy efficient appliances
  • Updated HVAC system
  • Building envelope improvements
  • New energy efficient windows
  • Split heating/cooling system

The Results

While maintaining the overall feel of the existing home, we were able to construct a new addition and install energy efficient upgrades to unlock its potential. The warm – and very functional – spaces now create more storage and increase mobility for a growing family in a growing home.