I am so excited to start showing you some progress photos of the house! Just knocking down a few walls has made an amazing transformation. I can’t wait for paint, tile, fixtures, etc! These photos will help you start to see the overall plan for our home. As I mentioned before, it was a ranch with an additional ranch added on, which makes a great courtyard! Rooms led to hallways, to rooms, and more hallways. For the most part, it was dark and enclosed.
We’ll start with the front portion of the house – formerly the living room, formal dining room, kitchen, sitting room, den, and powder bath. Below is the demo plan to give you an idea of the layout. As you can see, the tiny kitchen was shoved into a back corner, hidden from the main living spaces. At one time, the front room was divided into two rooms, including the formal eating area. The den as you see it now was once a garage!
My goal was to open this space up as much as possible for cohesive family spaces. I started with the giant dividing wall. We consulted a structural engineer to make sure we prevented a ceiling collapse! It was amazing the space planning opportunities allowed by removing this one wall. The kitchen immediately opened up into the existing dining area and flowed easily into the new dining and living areas. The original den (formerly garage) was still set back enough to function easily as a home office for me and a “retreat room” for my husband.
Ready to see live action? The photos help share the progress. The entry, featuring a lovely paneled mirror wall, was narrow and cut off from the kitchen. It did not flow into the other rooms very well, which is typical of a ranch home.
Here you can see the removed wall. Can you believe the difference?
The former kitchen, once hidden in its secluded corner.
Not anymore! The kitchen will finally have its time to shine. And speaking of shining, look at the light pouring in!
The dining room before…
Now transforming into the extended kitchen. Can you see where they have started to layout the hardwoods?
This is another view into the original living room, toward the front door.
And here is the improved view, from the kitchen looking out. This will be the new living and dining areas. Doesn’t the entire space feel so much more connected?
The original sitting room, which once also housed the washer and dryer, is slowly becoming my home office.
We are keeping some of the paneling is this room that was original to the house. It has been my design challenge to incorporate it into the design and make it work for a 21st century home. The right side cabinet (formerly housing the dryer) is being converted into a storage and cubby unit for the family.
Obviously, this bathroom was in need of an update!
It was important for this bath to serve not only as a powder room to guests, but also as a functional bath for visitors, including my parents. I wanted it to age-in-place, allowing for ease in movement when they come to stay. A fun challenge in such a small space. We designed a threshold-less, no curb shower to enlarge the space and make it easier to use.
As you can see, we have already come such a long way! But still, there’s quite a ways to go. Be sure to check back for more updates as we travel through the the other end of the house and work through phase 1.