When meeting with our client for the first time, they shared that their dream was to enjoy the view from the back of their house while in the Kitchen. That space was currently used as a Dining Room. So we knew the Kitchen and Dining Room would be switching places. Pictured above is their new kitchen taking the place of the original Dining Room. The stair to the basement would cut into the new Dining Room too much, so of course, the stairs would be relocated to the new addition located behind the back wall of the Kitchen.
Installing granite on the walls makes the Kitchen feel clean and seamless.
This is the view into the Family Room. The wall between the 2 spaces was removed to allow for more connection between the Kitchen and Family Room. This was a priority for our client. The original Kitchen had no visual connection to the Family Room.
You can see into the (new) Dining Room from here. There is a prep sink to the left of the refrigerator. The island is 10′-0″ in length and provides a lot of work space and seating.
The french doors allow access to the Sun Room on the back of the house.
There is plenty of counter space for multiple cooks in this Kitchen.
Additional Pantry storage was required. This large Pantry is right off of the Kitchen. It has a sliding door that conceals it from view if desired. The shelves are adjustable to allow for a variety of items to be stored in close proximity to the Kitchen.
A generous half bath is across from the Pantry. It is convenient for those entering from the new garage. The original garage was located in the walk-out basement of this home and there was only an exterior side door that entered directly into the original Kitchen, so this addition totally changed the way the family entered the house.
You can see the entrance to the Pantry and the Mudroom beyond. The Bathroom is to the left. The tile pictured was already installed in the original Kitchen and connecting Front Entry. The owner was able to locate more of it to extend the tile into the new Kitchen and into the addition.
There is plenty of storage in the Mud Room as well as seating to take your shoes off. There are also shelves across from this wall for baskets. The door to the Garage is to the right of the edge of the picture and the door to the backyard is behind me as I took the picture.
Another item on their wish list was a shop area under a new garage. This required a concrete floor that would act as a ceiling to the shop and floor to the garage. It would need to span across the shop and be able to support cars parked on it. We began to get excited! Because, there would be Styrofoam forms, steel reinforcement and concrete to pour. The picture above shows the garage we added. The shop is below it 🙂 The basement walls are 13′-0″ tall, so there is a lot of room down there.
This is the space below the new Garage.
The glass garage door lets a lot of light into the Shop area.
The Garage exterior was designed to match the existing features of the house.
And now here are the before and during pictures…
This is the view into the original Dining Room on the back of the house. We removed most of this wall.
The wall you see is the back wall of the Kitchen. The addition is accessed through the existing door opening. (by the blue cooler)
That is the size of hole you need for a 3 car Garage, Shop (below), Mud Room, Pantry, Bathroom and set of stairs to the basement.
This is at the back of the Garage. The forms for the concrete were installed and ready for 6 trucks of concrete.
Looking towards the front of the house.
The Shop walls are poured.
A view of the inside of the garage.
Looking into the Shop from the back of the house.
This is the Dining Room turning into the Kitchen.
This is the original door to the outside from the existing Kitchen. It now provides access to the addition.
The drywall is up in the Garage.
The entrance from the Garage into the Mud Room.
Stairs will lead from the Mud Room door above to the yard.
Stone installation on the side of the Garage.
Stone waiting to be installed.
Stone installation on the back of the house.
Here is the plan to help orient you…the addition begins to the right of the new Kitchen and Dining Room.
Adding on and renovating a significant portion of a home is intense, exhilarating and satisfying. To make it less of a roller coaster emotionally, there was a lot of investigating, planning, drawing, discussing and strategizing before any dirt of excavated. I am not one to “wing” it and this project would have been a disaster if all the planning had not taken place. Yeah for nerds!