Two days ago I shared with you the before photos of our home. And I am looking forward to sharing with you the ins and outs of our home renovation (phase 1). How the process began, the in-progress process/information, and the after. What I didn’t mention yesterday is that our home is 2-stories, four bedrooms, three baths. But technically we would say one story with a renovated attic that housed 2 (not truly real bedrooms) bedrooms and one full bath. The ceilings on the second floor reach 7-foot at the highest. My husband hits his head in some places. One key ‘want’ for our home was two bedrooms on the main level. This was so my grandmother could visit, without worrying about climbing stairs.
Let’s start at the first floor layout: it had a living/entry combination, dining room, sunroom, kitchen, family, laundry, master suite and guest bedroom/bathroom. Below is a quick sketch showing you the floor layout.
For our phase one, we only renovated the left half of our home: the kitchen, dining, family room side. Our next phase will be the bedrooms and the second floor, but that will start in about another year or so.
What were our wants/needs for this home?
- Open Floorplan: Kitchen, Breakfast and Family to be open to one another
- Create a new pantry
- Create a true Entry
- Change the Formal Living room into the Dining Room
- Add a Powder room
- Create a true Side Entry with a drop zone
- Add a Mudroom with lockers near the Laundry
All in all, we added about 550 square feet to the house with this addition and remodel. As you can see we expanded the left side of our house about 12-feet into our yard to create a larger kitchen and side entry that houses the mudroom, pantry, and powder. We also pushed forward into the front yard to create the new laundry room. The old living room became the dining room. You can see that we added thick walls between the now dining room and what the entry used to be to actually define an entry space. The dining room became part of our new kitchen as well. What was the laundry room, is now part of the Great room/Family Room.
Come back tomorrow to start seeing the actual renovations and what decisions I made during the process.