For a frame of reference, here are the existing floor plans:
|Existing Main Floor Plan|
|Existing Upper Floor Plan|
Of primary concern was the awkward layout of the rooms in the forward portion of the Main Floor Plan. The existing spaces (currently labelled as "Living Room" and "Office / Library") were perceived as being small and restrictive to both function and flow.
|Office / Library|
Also, the these spaces were considered to have less than ideal natural light. In addition, the main staircase to the upper level of the home was very dark, narrow and unwelcoming. To get an idea, I've included some images of the existing spaces, as described:
As you can see, I suggested removing the partition wall between the two spaces to open-up the plan and address the issue of "flow". An unused closet was removed and all hardwood flooring was replaced, to match the remainder of the floor level. New windows (from Pollard Windows) were introduced, to match the existing, which dramatically increased the amount of ambient light in the space.
|To Match Existing|
To address the "unwelcoming" stair, Sun Tunnels from Velux have been specified and are awaiting installation into the flat-roof above the upper stair-hall. The desire is to illuminate the entire space and fill the stair case with more ambient light. A lighter paint colour on the walls, a bright coat of paint on the stair and a contrasting stair runner will draw the eye up, create interest and invite the occupant into the upper level. As this phase progresses, I'll update with photos of the transformation.
The remainder of the main floor level is also undergoing renovation to the kitchen and great-room spaces. The idea is to check-off the "dream kitchen" must have in a potential purchaser's list, and to address the uncertainty in function of the open area.
The existing Kitchen had uppers suspended from a bulkhead which compromised the view to the massive, wooded lot at the rear of the property.
The remodel includes removal of the uppers, to open the kitchen to the view and access to the renovated breakfast space:
|Existing Breakfast Area|
These areas are currently under renovation:
|New Cabinetry Awaiting Installation|
There will be a new, coffer / bulkhead detail and integrated lighting introduced into the Great Room ceiling to delineate the spaces and give the occupant an anchor for the intended functions of casual dining and relaxing.
I've been involved in all aspects of this project. From design planning and decisions to swinging a hammer with the contractor, we've been working together. It's been a fun project which is ongoing. I'll update as progress continues!
- Credit to the Realtor, Mark Kirton, for the scanned images used in this post. Thank you.