House Tour: Family-Friendly Wood-Frame Renovation
A Charming Facade
When the homeowners first came across this farmhouse, they fell in love with it's charming details and cozy appearance. The problem: at 2,000 square feet and having only one bathroom on the second floor it was too cozy for their comfort. Instead of continuing their search they decided to expand on their current dream home. Over the course of five years, the family saved for their renovation and the mission remained the same: do the smallest addition possible and be able to use every square inch of every room.
Formal Family Space
In the formal dining area, once the home’s living room, a dark wood table and floors set a strong background for the rest of the room's neutral color scheme. Positioned near the front of the house, the spacious dining room also acts as a connector between the airy sunporch at the front of the home and the rest of the first floor.
The cozy sunporch now doubles as a quiet reading room with the addition of built-in shelves topped with cushions at each end of the room.
Keeping with the home's simplistic color scheme, the primarily white kitchen is dotted with red accents for a change of pace. Sleek white subway tile brightens the space and adds a youthful touch while the black breakfast bar and island combo adds a classic elegance. Low-backed beachwood stools play off of the natural elements of the attached informal dining area without being obtrusive to the rest of the space.
For a smartly designed kitchen, the homeowner didn't want anything to be more than three steps away. Although a small space, cabinets that extend to the ceiling make the most of square footage for added storage. The original window above the sink was left in place and now faces into the home's addition.
In the informal dining area, the oversize wood table doubles as a family activities center. The rustic wood table and wall decor add a natural element to the home that complements the neutral color scheme that’s consistent throughout the first level. To continue the open feel of the home the informal dining area flows easily with the entryway, living room, and kitchen for a large open space.
Even though an addition was the focus of the renovation, the homeowners still wanted to keep the cozy atmosphere. A built-in storage unit next to the kitchen provides them with enough room to smartly store their home office accessories without cluttering their limited space.
Open and Airy
One of the main priorities in the renovation was an open floor plan where the homeowners could easily keep tabs on their little ones. During the course of the renovation, the homeowners also "flipped" the layout. The family room now resides where a closed-off formal dining room had been. Now, a dropped beam is the only divider between the relaxing space, informal dining area, and kitchen.
Built to Fit
Built-in storage at the bottom of the home’s staircase provides a tucked-away entertainment center that faces into the family room. The top cabinet doors open to reveal a TV, and the other cabinets house toys and games.
With the existing parts of the home renovated, a 1,300-square foot, two-story addition replaced a less-than ideal single-story 500-square-foot addition that had been tacked on to the home previously. On the first floor, the addition includes an airy screen porch and a mudroom.
The new mudroom is spacious enough to store kids' sports gear, gardening supplies, and any other outdoors supplies the family may have. A porch added to the backside of the home also provides a private, relaxing outdoor getaway.
Smart Space Planning
With the home’s limited square footage, it was important to think through storage-smart building ideas. In the master bedroom a slight recess in the wall allows space for a shallow dresser to be tucked away, out of the room's traffic flow. The overhead window is another detail left from the renovation, connecting the bedroom to the master bath and allowing more natural light to brighten both spaces.
Crisp white cabinetry gives the master bathroom a relaxed and airy feel. To keep the all-white space from looking dull, patterned marble adds an element of texture. Through the doorway the master bath has separate spaces for a shower and toilet.
A Hint of Grandure
A stunning claw-foot tub is one of the few over-the-top amenities of the home. Before the renovation the second floor provided only one bath. With the addition, the spacious floor plan includes three baths, one of which is the large master bath. The renovation also provided two more bedrooms on the second floor to accommodate the growing young family.