Reconfiguring the main living space is always a popular project. Homes built prior to the 2000s rarely offer the open concept owners desire, or sometimes people love their homes but need more space or a new look. Below we outline three examples of first floor remodeling projects, providing glimpses into the special considerations behind each option.
Our clients owned their 1990s home for 10 years before deciding to create an open concept design to their main living area. The original layout had a fireplace in between the kitchen and family room, making each space feel small and closed off. Working with Hoskins Interior Design, we created a new footprint that called for moving the fireplace to a far exterior wall in the family room. To ensure adequate support for the upper level, we installed a beam in place of the original load-bearing wall. The newly opened space allowed them to expand their kitchen to include the functionality their busy family needed. An adjacent sunroom became a secondary dining space, and the family room was designed to blend well with the kitchen. We opened the entryway to the lower level and moved and expanded other doorways to the new configuration for better flow. Just by relocating the fireplace to a perimeter wall, we were able to transform our clients’ choppy first floor into a modern open-concept space.
Our clients had a home in the perfect location but were frustrated by the look and functionality of the interior. Their main level did not take advantage of the golf course view, and there was no opportunity for a central gathering space. With our design partners Hoskins Interior Design, we ended up reconfiguring the whole first floor, expanding the kitchen into the adjacent great room to connect the two spaces. We added a huge island set with the seating area perpendicular to the main island and perimeter cabinetry. This design eliminated the need for a table and chairs in front of the bay window, opening up the gorgeous golf course view. The footprint of the home stayed the same, but the use of space was drastically altered to give our clients the look and functionality they desired.
Regardless of the reason behind your first floor remodeling plan, you will want to make sure your new space is structurally sound and brings a cohesive look and feel to the rest of your home. If you are considering a main living space renovation, reach out to me. Send me an email or give me a call at 317.596.0928