Most of us have a Living Room in our home if it was built before the millennium. What do we use Living Rooms for? For most of the families we work with, most of the living goes on in other parts of the house and the Living Room is a place where the kids are not allowed because it is used only for special occasions or it is a collection place for everything that does not have a home.
When our clients were asked what their vision was for this project they had the following goals:
1. Update the Kitchen
2. Relocate the Laundry Room. The Laundry Room was blocking a great view from the back of the house and was between the Family Room and the Kitchen.
3. Add a Mud Room to their home – and were willing to give up part of the garage to do it.
That sounded logical… Then we started to look around the main level of their home and realized that no addition was needed. We would put the Mud Room and Laundry Room in the Dining Room…of course!
The current plan had an addition that served as the Family Room but it was separated from the Kitchen by a Laundry Room. It also had a large Formal Living Room that was not used much by the Family. There also was a Dining Room right next to the Garage. So I proposed we move a few spaces around and skip the addition. This allowed them to use the space they already had and update more areas on their home.
The Dining Room became the Mud Room and Laundry Room.
The Kitchen expanded into the Breakfast Area.
The Laundry became the Breakfast Area.
The Living Room is the new Dining Room.
Dining Room (former Living Room)
Mud Room (former Dining Room)
Breakfast Area (former Laundry Room)
Multi tasking door
Here is what we started with….
Everything was removed, including the “bonus” layer of sub floor that was glued and screwed down.
The next time you look into your Living Room, don’t think,”This is wasted space”… just remember that what you are looking at is… pure potential!