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A second-story addition and rearranged floor plan open up a dated 1950s ranch without compromising its cottage charm. Widening the opening between the living room and dining room improved traffic flow. A new mantel surround gives the fireplace a fresh face. Furnishings were selected to be comfortable and to withstand use by visiting friends and family.
Interior alterations began at the front door, where the removal of a coat closet made way for a welcoming foyer. The new staircase features oak-stained handrails over painted spindles. The homeowner designed the new stairwell with a cathedral ceiling and a skylight, saying it adds a sculptural element that makes other rooms feel larger. The skylight beckons light into the living room.
The homeowner loves entertaining, so creating more room for dinner guests was a high priority for her home remodeling. She captured 3 feet of space from what was formerly the downstairs bath and expanded the cramped dining room's square footage. Replacing a picture window with sliding French doors that open to the backyard further augmented the dining room's overall sense of space and allows for better outdoor entertaining. The semiformal room also has easy access to the kitchen.
A reshuffling of space allowed for the creation of an arched opening between the den and cottage kitchen, which helped eliminate traffic-flow problems.
The floor in an existing sunroom was raised during the home remodeling and a wall was knocked down in the adjacent den to create one, large functional space. Whitewashed knotty pine paneling and the addition of nonstructural ceiling beams further blend the two sunroom spaces, which look out to the gardens.
In an effort to infuse the exterior with cottage charm and transform its overall shape, the homeowner included a new upper level and a second gable to balance the original one. In essence, she added a little house on to the existing one. The changes took the 1,500-square-foot floor plan up to 2,700 square feet.
A second-story home addition and a fresh, open floor plan turn a typical ranch into a charming cottage. Thanks to the home remodeling, a hallway between the kitchen and den changes the overall traffic flow, a second gable houses a master suite, the new upper level includes two bedrooms and a shared bath, and a redesigned kitchen includes a pantry and a utility wall with room for a washer and dryer.