- Capitalize on the view to the lake
- Create an outdoor area for entertaining
- Create an entrance that guests can locate when they arrive
- Enlarge the main living space of the house.
This was a fun project to work on because our clients were ready for a big change and wanted to do some creative things with their home.
The first priority was to be able to see the great view they had from the inside of the house. Unfortunately there was a screened porch that had been added on by a previous owner that made it difficult to see out of the family room and blocked most of the natural light from coming into the room. So, of course the porch had to go, along with an exterior bearing wall. This meant that a large beam was required to carry the existing roof and part of the new roof. As a result, the family room got a bit larger. Taking out a bearing wall is not for the faint of heart. Our structural engineer came out to look at the house before the demolition began and he and Rob discussed what needed to be done to the proposed bearing points, the size of the beam and how it would be maneuvered into place.
Windows were added to maximize the view to the outdoors.
As a result of the addition, the roof line was changed from a shed roof to a hipped design that looks like it has always been there. I was able to model it in 3d on my computer to verify there would be no water issues with my new design. This also was an easy way to make sure it looked good. (We all agreed that anything would be an improvement over what was there!)
With the enlarged Family Room and enhanced view to the outdoors figured out, we moved on to the Front Door. There was no obvious entrance to the house when you arrived. This may not seem like a problem, but it was a constant issue due to a few factors. If the owners were not watching for guests, they would walk around and try to locate the entrance. (me during my first visit) The garage door was often left open so guests would be able to enter through the garage into the Mud Room. A more obvious and convenient solution was needed. The Dining area became the new front entrance. The front door is now the first thing you see when you drive in and allows guests to enter into the main part of the house upon their arrival.
An outdoor space was also added and serves as a great transition to the backyard. The patio is stamped and stained concrete.
A view from the inside shows the former Dining Room as the Main Entry:
As you can see, we did not add a lot of space to the existing house, but changing the existing space definitely had a large impact on how it functions.
The kitchen island now seats 6. The original was approximately half this size. The color is definitely a dose of fun for this space!
What are your plans for your next project? Changing what’s already there or adding on?