This once-snug bungalow is transformed into a family's forever home.
This once-cramped starter home now offers plenty of elbowroom for everyone with an added upper level and brighter rooms. A blue-gray exterior with crisp white trim blends the house into the sunny California surroundings, but it stays true to its Craftsman character with the original front porch and roof.
To create a more defined entryway, the homeowners tucked a slim table behind the open door. The table adds display space for small accessories and provides a pleasing view through the living room's wide doorway. Large built-ins define the doorway between the living room and entryway and display vases, books, and family photos.
A large mahogany island provides a comfy, family-friendly dining spot. Cone-shape shades on the light fixtures above the island give the illusion of casual table lamps and brown velvet trim adds visual weight and ties them in with the dark island base and flooring.
In the family room, slipcovered sofas and a pair of small tables with shelves to store games reflect the home's family-friendly style. Bold yellow draperies draw attention to beautiful French doors that allow access to the outdoors. The coffered ceiling was the architect's creative solution for disguising a structural beam.
The lemon-yellow lamp coordinates with the drapes without being too matchy-matchy. The lightness of the glass base reflects light and gives this corner of the family room a soft glow.
As much as the family loves their togetherness, each member still cherishes "me" time. Built-ins with adjustable shelves and an attached window seat provide a cozy reading spot for the family's resident bookworm.
A built-in window seat adds a cozy seating area without decreasing floor space in the master bedroom. Inch for inch, built-in cabinetry adds more storage and more seating in less space than any other option. It's a perfect solution to make small bedrooms live big. Combining open shelves with closed cabinets and drawers expands storage possibilities.