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Reclaimed bricks laid in herringbone and basket-weave patterns cover the driveway and lead the way into the 1956 three-bedroom ranch house in Corona del Mar, California. To give the home's exterior a fresh look, the yellow front door stands out against the gray shingles.
In order to make the 1,800-square-foot-house functional for a family of five, the homeowners had the structural wall between the kitchen and dining room removed. The new floor plan opens the space without changing the home's footprint.
Mixing floor surfaces throughout the home adds interest. Dark-stained walnut floors in the kitchen draw attention and are easy to clean. In the living room, the homeowners placed jute carpeting over the finished wood floor to protect the floor.
Removing the interior wall not only opened the kitchen, it also allowed the homeowners to add a kitchen island. The island serves many purposes. During the afternoon, it's a homework station. Around dinnertime, the sink and faucet help with food preparation. When the homeowners' entertain, the island becomes a buffet.
Black granite countertops add a level of luxury to a functional kitchen. The lack of upper cabinets keeps the space airy, but limits the kitchen's storage capabilities. Adding a metal shelf above the counter keeps the kitchen open without losing storage space.
An advantage of a ranch house is the ability to connect the indoors and the outdoors. The homeowners used this design principle in their dining room. Sliding glass doors with a 6-foot-wide opening connects the dining room to the patio. Both spaces can function as one room, which keeps the dining room from feeling cramped when entertaining.
The homeowners store and display dishes and dining room essentials in the freestanding hutch. Adjustable shelves make the hutch a smart storage solution. Homeowners can adjust the shelves to fit their collectibles, rather than choosing items to fit the hutch. Versatilty is important in small spaces.