A Westwood family came to Feinmann looking to reshape their first floor to better reflect their lifestyle and needs. The French-chateau style, two-story home, built in 1988, had a rear deck, a separate formal dining room, and a kitchen opened to the living room with a corner fireplace. A back hall led to the garage and included a pantry, bathroom and laundry area. The couple wanted to be able to work on the first floor as well as be able to entertain, relax and watch TV or listen to music and enjoy the view of their backyard. The front hall and formal dining area seemed to collect the family’s stuff on the way in and out of either the front door or garage.
The Feinmann design team came up with a proposal that reconfigured 75% of the first floor, providing plenty of storage and order to the spaces while maintaining the open floor plan they desired. Solutions included renovating the kitchen, using part of the original dining room space, and using the remaining dining room and back hall for a mudroom/office where the family can organize mail and belongings on one wall of cabinetry. A new pantry was built on the shared wall with the kitchen. The powder room and laundry room were updated and moved as well, creating an improved traffic pattern on the first floor. A portion of the new kitchen can be seen from the new dining room/living room open space, yet much of the working area is hidden from public view. The dining area is delineated by a tray ceiling treatment with a built-in sideboard and cupboard above. The new space has hardwood floors throughout, further unifying the living and dining room and new kitchen. New windows along the rear and access to the new deck, covered with a gorgeous wood pergola, bring the outdoors in. Finally, a new sunroom was built onto the back of the home giving the family more space for entertaining and relaxing while savoring their backyard view.