I live in a small row house in Washington. The kitchen was recently renovated but the living and dining rooms make the place seem smaller and kind of divide the space in a way that prevents good flow between rooms. The first floor of my row house has been partially renovated. The former galley kitchen has been remodeled to include new cabinets, stainless steel appliances and the wall was replaced by a peninsula with countertop and bar stools. There is a hallway, however, that is proving to be very useless. Currently, I have made a make shift closet. The hallway on one side just stores my bike. The other side has some minor shelving and I’ve added storage and put up a curtain so I can store. I also added a rolling shelf in the dining area that is exposed and I don’t like that. The other challenge is that while the walls and entrances into the living room are nice, I am finding that they make the space less open and I think the space could be better to ensure it matches the feel of the remodeled kitchen while allowing me to store the cleaning products and other kitchen items.
The goals for the space are to (1) open up the space to get more light and make it feel larger (2) add storage so that I can properly store my cleaning products, broom, mop, and my bike (3) ensure that the living room space feels open and we can watch tv, listen to music and entertain. I expect that I will receive a design that will address all the challenges and make the space a great entertaining space that has enough storage. I would like ideas but also be able to send design to contractor to complete. I don't think I need to continue working with designer after competition, but may need to be available to answer questions.
Designers should know that I'm unsure if the walls of the living room and into dining room are load bearing walls. My neighbors have had walls taken down, some have had the entire walls taken out without adding any columns, but some have had to remove. If this cannot be determined, I'd like the design to reflect columns if needed.
The most important thing in this redesign is to open up the space to make it feel bigger, but allow me to still ensure I have space to set up a living room, i.e. place for TV, music, couch, some chairs. Next I want storage for the mops, brooms and area to store bike if possible. Finally, I want to make sure the space matches the feel of the new kitchen. Cost is a consideration as I don't want this to be a major renovation. Being eco-friendly would be nice.
- PLAN DRAWING: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- SECTION-ELEVATION VIEW(S) : Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS
Please download detailed drawing of layout, and sketchup model of the space from the following link: