Our house was constructed in 1905 outside of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. It is approximately 1,400 sq. ft. in total area and bisected by a wide hallway with bedrooms on the right side (as you face the front of the house from the street) and living spaces on the left. We have been renovating it in phases since purchasing it approximately 4 years ago. The target areas of this design request are the living spaces comprised of living room, combined kitchen/dining room, the hallway, a screened porch at the back of the house as well as an adjacent washer/dryer room and master bathroom. A sketch of the layout is included along with photos. Photo locations are indicated on the sketch as red numbers that correspond with the number of the photo (Photos 5, 8 and 16 are not included due to document upload limitations).
The existing layout is very open with an exposed chimney/double-sided fireplace dividing the living room from the kitchen and dining room area. The washer/dryer room and master bathroom are accessed from the master bedroom. Ceilings in the hall, living room and kitchen/dining room are 10-feet tall with original beadboard. There are (mostly original) hardwood floors throughout the house (except bathrooms). There is an archway approximately midway down the hallway and a drop-ladder access hatch to the attic just behind it.
The kitchen needs a complete remodel and improved layout. We will replace the counters, cabinets, stove, dishwasher, and flooring. The living room needs more seating options, which will likely require blocking off one side of the fireplace (the side closest to the hallway). We will expand, enclose, and repurpose the screen porch as a sunroom/mudroom. We will also expand the master bathroom. The proposed expansion on the rear of the house will require a new roofline.
We want to create a home that our growing family can use and enjoy living in for years to come. We donâ€™t need a lot of space. We need efficient, comfortable space. We like simple, clean designs with historical touches that reflect the age of our house. We plan to execute this project in stages (kitchen/dining room, living room, then sunroom/mudroom and master bathroom). Room-specific goals are as follow (comments in parentheses are design ideas/suggestions for consideration, not requirements):
Kitchen/dining room: increase counter space, storage space and view of/natural light from rear of house; restore fireplace/chimney; incorporate island/peninsula if space allows; move dining table to its own space so itâ€™s not used as counter space for the kitchen (Some built-in bench seating for dining room table?); reduce noise travelling from kitchen/dining room to bedrooms (Reduce opening from hallway to a doorway and incorporate barndoor type closure?).
Living room: provide additional seating options; establish some division between kitchen/dining space and living room (Half wall with shelves above? Bookcases and reading/storage bench?); restore chimney/ fireplace; improve lighting.
Sunroom/mudroom: storage for backyard shoes and coats; discrete space for washer/dryer and associated amenities; additional counter space and storage for craft and sewing projects; move office nook out here if not left in hallway; reading nook (window seat with storage underneath?); lots of windows facing backyard; windows or openings between kitchen and sunroom/mudroom to allow maximum natural light into kitchen; back door to access backyard.
Master bathroom: counter space; closet(s) for linens, toiletries and paper supplies; combined tub/shower; windows to allow natural light; include laundry chute/access to washer/dryer area in adjacent sunroom/mudroom.
Hallway: (What to do with rear end of hallway if opening to kitchen/dining room is reduced to a doorway?) This space currently houses our desk, files, etc. - our office nook. Iâ€™m fine with leaving that there as long as it doesnâ€™t feel too dark/cramped/cave-like (include windows above entry way to kitchen?). We placed the white bookcase in its current position here to block the view of our bedroom from the living spaces, an issue that will need to be addressed with the placement of the doorway to the kitchen/dining room or other layout design for this area.
Washer/Dryer room: This space will be incorporated into (1) the sunroom/mudroom, (2) the master bathroom, or (3) divided up between the sunroom/mudroom and the master bathroom.
The double-sided fireplace/chimney will remain in place and exposed. We are open to the idea of the kitchen side fireplace just being for looks (not a functioning fireplace).
We expect to change the flooring in kitchen/dining room and master bathroom. Hardwoods will remain in the hallway and living room.
We are open to the installation of new windows in new locations, particularly in the kitchen/dining room. Maximum views of the back yard are preferable.
The doorway between the kitchen and sunroom/mudroom can be moved (shifted).
Please use practical, durable materials (read: attractive but kid-resistant).
Color-wise: no beige, please.
We would like the new roof to cover the addition as well as the area of the existing screen porch, master bathroom, washer/dryer room and master bedroom so that it looks cohesive and not like the current jumble of rooflines. In the future, we expect to finish our attic to accommodate bedrooms and a bathroom so the proposed roofline should allow for maximum space on the second story.
The affordability of design will allow us to implement the preferred design in a timely fashion (a big plus as we are expecting a new member of the family in August).
(1) PLAN VIEW(s): Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
(2) SECTION/ELEVATION VIEWS: : Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
(X) PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS
MATERIALS FROM CLIENT:
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