Friday, January 8, 2016

A Seamless & Classic Renovation

A friend and her family recently moved back into their home after a long renovation. From the beginning, this two story brick colonial had great bones. However, the rooms were a bit small, and it was hard to fit extended family and friends into any space to entertain easily. In addition, this home (and its owners) were just itching for a first floor master and a larger updated kitchen.

One of the greatest challenges in renovations is how to make the new blend in with the old.   The word every architect, designer and homeowner strives for is SEAMLESS.  A prime example of this is when original ceiling heights are lower and the newer ones seek greater heights.  In this home, the  8' original heights needed to transition to 9' new heights.  With the clever collaboration between the owners and architect, a plan was hatched to widened the hallways and doorways to give the appearance of a taller ceiling height in the original spaces as they moved into the newer ones. It worked!  The final result is, indeed, seamless.

Here is a peak inside this beautiful home.

The front door changed from a single to double doors. The hallways and doorways widened and created a much larger feel for a more inviting entrance. 
My friend also chose custom wool ribbed runners for her foyer and three adjoining hallways furthering a seamless transition.

Expanded living room.  Great for entertaining.

The use of a white, cream and natural palette gave an consistent openness to the home.

Long, wide hallways off the main foyer create a bigger more open space.

A new custom family room, kitchen and porch.

Another great space for entertaining and enjoying family.

This porch is simply wonderful in every way.  

Kitchen and breakfast nook.

Clean lines in lovely kitchen.  The custom hood sets the tone. 
The butler's pantry sits off the kitchen where everything is easily accessed.
Love the half bath - the wallpaper, the vanity, everything!

A view from the back hallway.

I love that the owner paid attention to the details of the front door.  It is a wonderful place to splurge!