The Solution: Perform an Extreme Home Makeover
Seamlessly incorporating an existing foundation with a new footprint
In addition to carefully listening to our clients’ desires for their renovation, planning, coordination, and effective communication are critical components of every home renovation. For this project, the complexities of preserving the land’s mature trees and using the existing house’s foundation as a starting point for remodeling required taking our combined skills and experience to new heights.
Because we intended to use the existing foundation and first-floor subfloor, we had a draftsman draw up the home’s original floor plan to use as a basis for the new design. Gary Nance and I then worked with our clients to design the expanded footprint.
The property was central to the design, so we took many of our cues from the gently rolling terrain and its surrounding natural beauty. The expanded foundation followed the slope to the right of the construction, allowing us to tuck the garage slightly out of sight and focus the eye on the clean lines of the home’s living space. Rather than replicating the one-level design of the original ranch house, Gary Nance added visual interest by bumping out and varying the heights of different sections of the floor plan to give the remodeled home a more balanced, organic feel. This approach also sparked interesting ways of optimizing the space, such as using a fireplace to divide the kids’ rooms from the main living area while also providing radiant heat to both spaces and applying a split-level design for the master bedroom above the garage.
Transforming the kitchen with a focus on entertaining
As avid entertainers, our clients wanted a living space that flowed easily from kitchen to dining room to living room, which required an open floor plan connecting the spaces and allowing guests to move freely from one area to another. Opening the space also meant keeping clutter out of sight, so we layered the kitchen into two parts: the front area, which keeps commonly-needed items within easy reach, and a “dirty” kitchen, where the heavier food prep and cooking can be hidden. The result aligns well with the minimalist lines of the rest of the house. The kitchen’s common area provides casual counter seating, a modest food prep area, and a sink, with a mini-fridge, small microwave, and a few cabinets nearby for essentials.
Behind the sink is a gas cooktop, and behind that wall we tucked dirty kitchen, with full-sized appliances, more extensive food prep areas, and pantry space. The dirty kitchen also contains a mail-sorting station, where the family can charge their devices. The division of the kitchen maintains a feeling of clean openness while providing a family-focused space where things can be a little less pristine and more relaxed.