With an affinity for clean, contemporary design and a love of color, this home’s cramped living spaces and a dated design did not align with the aesthetic or needs of a growing family. In particular, kitchen and dining spaces were too small to accommodate a family of four. Due to budget and site constraints, a building addition was not feasible, so existing spaces were reconfigured and made more-efficient within the building envelope.
Maximizing every inch of space was important to accommodate kitchen, dining, living, and a new mini-shoe/coat area. Removal of the bearing wall between the kitchen and living room made it possible to rotate the kitchen configuration and to incorporate a large island. Removal of a brick chimney and a tight built-in captured space for a dining banquette with under-seat storage. An area for shoes and jackets tucked on the ‘back’ of the banquette wall added needed storage space out of sight. A bold color palette of yellow, blue, and white tie the spaces together and making the spaces feel larger and bright.