Originally, this home was entered through an empty, unused space that looked directly at the living room, and to the right was the kitchen.
This large existing beam was not structural- it was just for show.
That slight bump-out on the wall shows where the chimney is, and just beyond this room is the original kitchen from the 1920's!
As adorable as a 1920's kitchen is... functional, it was not. This family was bursting at the seams trying to make their kitchen work.
The red door leads to the basement. Note how the cabinets slant to make room for the door!
The decorative molding was cute in a grandma sort of way, but blocked light from coming in!
This space was originally the dining room, just off the kitchen. These spaces were later combined to create the new living room!
We love the windows here, and these were a key consideration when making this room a part of the entry flow.
The downstairs bathroom was very small, and the only bathroom for the family of four with frequent guests. An expansion of this space was definitely needed!
I think the only thing we did not touch in the house was the stairs. But, once we got upstairs...
This built-in closet was a great, efficient use of space, and we currently had three bedrooms upstairs. But the family also needed a bathroom!
Notice the very large landing space. So large, it seemed as though there had to be a better way to actually use this space.
The master bedroom at the end of the hall was just big enough for the bed... that's about it!
Poking into that hall linen closet showed me that there was some space, albeit low headroom space, but possibly something to work with...
The family put new windows into the house, that bumped into the attic, with the thoughts of removing the attic space. Good idea, family!
When I first visited, the two girls shared a room upstairs and a guest room was upstairs The girls were expected to separate into two rooms, so taking from the spare room upstairs for the new bath was not really an option.
I visited again later, and the girls had separated into their own rooms.
Here is the bump-out where the chimney continues through the upper floor. You'll see with the after photos that we shrunk this room considerably to give more space to the master bedroom.