[b] Hi, thank you for your interest and I hope to us my design for your home, would be a shame not to do it. Is 100% original, is quite modern but with rustique touches, the materials shine on his best way and no kitsch or cliche elements are allowed on my planning. [/b]Also if I would know that you prefer "to see some entries furnished with a more rustic/country/early American-ish theme" for sure it would look in that style + my personal touch. Farewell for now.
Hi, there is a new pic vv_tonemap.jpg with the kitchen area view from the entrance area. is visible the Tv, the shelves and part of the white plating.
Hi, I made a change for the "closet underneath the stairs".
There are 3 renders more for a version for a deeper closet. 30 cm or more.
Hi, I will respond to yours needs one by one:
Basically I want to remove the wall(s) between the kitchen and the family room to give a more open floor plan. [b]-yes I understand, is the design theme. [/b]
- removing the wall(s) between the kitchen and family room will eliminate the current bathroom and hallway closet- [b]yes is inevitable [/b]
- a new bathroom will be in the proposed addition; as well as moving the washer/dryer up from the basement onto the main floor - [b]yes the proposed addition is viable in my opinion[/b]
- To keep the costs of remodel reasonable, the entire wall between the kitchen and family room probably cannot be removed, but ~7-8 ft can. That is, I believe moving the furnace vent stack and the plumbing waste stack would significantly increase the cost – although I could be wrong. [b]the cost will be reasonable but some materials can be replaced with other more cheep, that always can happen to have lower costs[/b]
- These walls between the kitchen and family room run parallel to the floor and roof joists. So I'm fairly confident they are not load bearing walls. [b]ok[/b]
- If it's not obvious from the pictures or Sketchup files, the last ~ 3 feet of kitchen (i.e the sink/dishwasher/stove area) is actually cantilevered over the basement poured foundation wall. [b]ok[/b]
- The interior floor is at the level of the outside deck. The backdoor of the garage leading outside is ~10" below the interior/kitchen floor level. [b]ok[/b]
- As for the current deck, remove the stairs leading down to the ground and remove the railing where the proposed addition 'porch' would be extended to meet the current decking. [b]all this is clear and is a good idea. I dont see any problems with it.[/b]
- I am NOT a Sketchup expert, obviously. These plans are the first time I've ever used Sketchup. [b]you done great [/b]
- Where to locate a hallway closet. This is a 'must have'. [b] - on the area behind the stairs that closet can be built as it is right now( from the renders) just coming up more into the room of the kitchen and livingroom . If in the images looks like 30 cm narrow from the level of the wall that can be even more, 50 cm. All depends on what is on there behind that wall..if it can be used 10 cm inside or 20 or whatever the space can be created carving the wall.However I will create a new renders for a more deeper closet on the same area because I still think that is the most suitable area for the closet.[/b]
- How to arrange kitchen (refrig, stove, sink, pantry, cabinets, etc). [b] - like in the renders more or less depending the real measurements, plumbing and other technical details that only in situ will be decided in great detail. The basic concept is give it by the materials, colors, forms and textures.[/b]
- Where best to have door(s) leading to outside back; I'm not opposed to removing the sliding glass door in the family room since I'd like to put the TV along that wall anyway. [b] -from the addition you can have an other door leading back yard I think. Also I think that sliding door is very nice where it is since the TV can be supported by LCD TV bracket universal telescopic and change his position to watch it from the both places for a longer time, from the sofa and from the kitchen chairs when need. The angle of visibility also should be enough to watch from both places because the new Tvs provide that accessibility. [/b]
- Currently the TV sits along the wall between the kitchen and family room. So removing that wall means the TV has to be moved. With a sliding glass door on one wall and a fireplace on another, there are few options of where to place the TV. I do not want the TV above the fireplace. A future TV will not be as large as the current one. [b] - yes,sound good, the TV can stay on the same wall with the sliding glass door on the telescopic support and the speakers on the ground in some way how it can be better handled ( also the concrete shelves can be built specially to modify the inner space for that purpose). Also above the fireplace will be provided a niche for a TV just in case you change the opinion or just use the simple bluish glass shelves for personal items.[/b]
- Should there be a door directly from the garage to the back yard ?[b] - it depends on the needs...the garage itself have a big door for the cars so that one can serve for the traffic too but in any suitable area depending the purposes can be a new more usable option. Since I am not using the house I cant tell what is better.[/b]
- Take into consideration sight-lines; for example when guests enter the front door and possible views from street into kitchen area. [b]- yes,a good design must be nice looking from all the views.[/b]
- Need to have some table or sit down eating area for kitchen.- [b]yes, my version of it is to have a tall L shape table with tall comfortable chairs. However for a long time meal the dining room can serve better the purpose.[/b]
- My floor layout of the addition is a suggestion. If you have a better one, or if I've made some egregious error please submit a better plan. My property line is 15-20' west of the proposed addition. I'm not adamant about the size of the addition but would like to keep it reasonable and believe that ~ 9' x 15' is sufficient. - [b]Yes, imao the addition i think is what it need for the house to be, functional above all since the actual configuration is to crowded. [/b]
- In regards to the addition, it needs to have the bathroom and washer/dryer as well as providing an outdoor covered seating area (by either extending the shingled roof or including a louvered roof). I believe the roof pitch I have shown is close to 3x12. [b] Yes, that is up to you and your needs....once the materials are a clear choice for the living room and the kitchen, the addition can borrow those materials to keep a similar look on inside. in what concerns me I can suggest to maintain a concrete wall ( as appearance) and the rest can be as you like it to be choosing the colors you prefer and the illumination style too. I didnt done rendering for that space since there is all clear from your project sketchup plans.[/b]
Few more words:
Regarding the 2d plans it is possible to need a few detailed plans.Just in case the engineers from the firm you will order the design won't be able to figured out the dimensions from my renders (but I doubt it, usually they know how to handle this kind of things).. However if you will need it and my design is appreciated too I can prepare some 2d schematics with general measurements for the furniture elements.
The materials are: black or grey stone for the fireplace BLACKSPRING CHARCOAL VENEERS - Black from (http://www.zaranaturalstones.com/Black_Quartzite_Wall_Cladding.htm) aluminum shelves ( round borders) with mate glass and retroillumination . Countertops from red granite and the tall table ( L shape) from quarts or concrete polished. Onyx on the ground with retroillumination too. Walnut floors, laminated PAL or mdf white red and black for the rest. Bluish glass for the kitchen wall with led on.
Blue transparent glass or metacrilate for the table( also is possible to create storage space underneath but would be a shame because the open space is giving the sense of the table itself) . Concrete wallpaper with the right texture for the walls(also that effect it can be done with plaster real concrete on the wall). Bricks for the brick wall.
For the chairs, sofa, carpet, peinture etc..can be purchased any with enough similarity with the design.
If I missed something i will come back with more comments.