written by Makaya Wright
A new client recently came to us with the desire to open up and redo her 8 X 8 kitchen. As you can see, there is not a lot of counter space or room to move around. She informed us that the wall behind the stove area would be moved to open it up to the living room.
There was definitely potential to make this kitchen a more enjoyable room. It mostly just needed rearrangement. Here are a few things the client wanted to change:
Here’s the original and final floor plan. Since she still wanted a dinning area, we had to be careful in making enough room to move around once the drop down table was folded down. So here’s what we changed from the original floor plan:
What a transformation! In addition to the now functional kitchen, there is plenty of breathing room. Not only is the kitchen functional, taking down the wall that divided the kitchen from the living room really made it feel more open. We were able to take a small space and create it into something enjoyable. Our client was such a great person to work with and we cannot wait to see the final product!
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Hello, my patient readers!
Here's the final renovation design for the 1950s home in Birmingham from the first post. I'm so excited to share this, especially since this has become my first solo design that is about to undergo construction. Pumped! First thing's first, the demolition plan:
For those of you who are not familiar with, or have not seen, a demo. plan, the dashed lines represent the elements that are being taken out of demolished for the new design. As you can see, that's a good bit of the middle portion of the house. A few things the couple was wanting to change:
- Close off access between the master bathroom to the guest bathroom.
- Expand the master closet, master bathroom, and guest bathroom (without doing anything with the exterior walls).
- Create more storage in the bathrooms.
- Put a stand-up shower in the guest bathroom.
- Bring laundry access upstairs.
- Close off access between the office (intended to be a bedroom for re-sale) and the kitchen.
- Expand the kitchen/make the kitchen space more efficient and feel much more spacious.
- Create more meal prep space and storage in the kitchen.
- Open up access between the kitchen and dining room.
- Open up access between the dining room and the living room.
- Close off access from the den to the front entrance of the house.
Quite the transformation. And here's the final floor plan:
I myself am amazed of the space efficiency in this house! Here's some things to take note of as part of this renovation:
- Master closet is much wider, with a more shallow area to store shoes, hats, etc.
- Laundry closet now contains a stackable washer and dryer across from the guest bathroom.
- The master bath is much more spacious and contains plenty of storage, a tub/shower, a "his and hers" vanity space, etc.
- The guest bathroom has some storage for towels and such above the toilet (similar to the master bathroom) and contains a pedestal sink (which the couple already owns and wanted to keep) and a stand-up shower.
- Both the master bathroom and the guest bathroom are accessible through pocket doors.
- The kitchen (y'all -- the KITCHEN) is so much more spacious. And talk about the storage -- so much storage space! While still containing plenty of natural light, they have so many base and wall cabinets that they won't know what to do with them. It also contains a tall pantry that has shelves that slide out for canned/boxed food, a floor-to-ceiling bar with bottle and glasses storage (between the two windows in the kitchen), and a center island for meal prep. Also, the cabinetry currently does not go the ceiling. There was about 1 1/2'-2' of wall above the cabinets. The home-owners specifically asked for wall cabinets that go to the ceiling.
- The walls between the kitchen/dining and dining/living room are taken down.
- And, of course, the den no longer has that confusing entrance door.
So let's take a look at the interior elevations and sketches to get an idea of what these spaces look like.
*Each drawing is labeled respectively.
I love the way the designs turned out and cannot wait to see the result!
Thanks for reading!
Peace and blessin's,
Located just on the outskirts of Birmingham, AL, this one level home has some very odd spaces and spatial functions. Just see the existing plan below -- odd.
Here's the list of oddities:
The guest bathroom accesses the master bathroom.
The main entrance is not the door facing the yard and driveway and opens up the den. Gotchya! The main
entrance is actually the door tucked away to the left of the door (opens up to the living room).
The master bedroom has such a tiny closet. So tiny that the couple living in this house has one "hers" closet
(located in the master bedroom) and a "his" closet (located in the guest bedroom...across the hall).
The washer and dryer are only accessible by walking out into the backyard and into a basement door located
below the master bedroom.
And the kitchen has VERY little prep space.
*Note: the guest bedroom and overall width of the house are actually much smaller than this plan. Measurements for those spaces were taken after the initial consultation. You'll see in the next blog post in the Demo. Plan.
All of these issues were addressed in this interior renovation design and is currently under construction. And let me just say, I am so excited to see the result! Until then, stay tuned for the next blog post to see the new interior layout.
Peace and blessings,