The kitchen in this traditional 1920’s home was stuck in the middle of the house, disconnected from the backyard and cut off from the south facing natural light. Moving the kitchen to the opposite side of the house solved these issues, while at the same time improving the flow of circulation from the front door into the existing living and dining spaces. The large steel beam in the space serves several functions - supporting the floor above for a future second story addition, and allowing for the removal of an existing wall which created space for a functional island. An unexpected bonus, the beam also provides a great climbing spot for the neighborhood kids.
This small kitchen was dismal and cramped with dark wood cabinets and an outdated color scheme , and a peninsula cabinet which cut off circulation between the dining area and cooking space. By removing a bulky and inefficient hanging storage cabinet and brightening up the palette with lighter neutral materials, the space was transformed into a welcoming hub that is airy and adaptable for a family of four that loves to entertain.
General Contractor: Michael Smith
This 1930s house was too small for the needs of a growing family. I designed a reverse dormer to add more living space and maximize ceiling height, while maintaining the traditional character of the house from the street.
Expansion included a new improved office nook, which doubles as home office space and homework area; a completely new master bathroom; and a new master bedroom area, with skylights which open to naturally cool down the second floor in the warmer months.
This mid century house had not been upgraded since...the mid century. The design involved opening up a wall between the kitchen and living room and bringing the cabinetry and appliances up to date, while making the whole living space lighter and brighter.
With budget a concern, I worked diligently with the home owner and contractor to align the project scope and quality. A mix of custom and off the shelf cabinets, mid range plumbing fixtures and solid surface countertops work together to create a kitchen that doesn't compromise quality for cost.
This small front yard was attractive but unusable with a steep slope and dense hedge. Utilizing an existing retaining wall and installing new landscaping created an intimate seating area, private from the street but situated to catch the late afternoon sun...and the passing neighbors if so inclined.
The expansive deck on this 80's era home afforded sweeping views but was in need of a structural and aesthetic upgrade. Existing cedar decking and hefty yet rickety railings were replaced with sturdier and lower maintenance Ipe decking and a steel and cable rail system, to allow the western view to shine through. A wood railing cap provides a warm surface for grasping, and just wide enough to hold an afternoon glass of wine.
Last year 4 chickens joined the family, and of course it necessitated a 3D model of our home built coop. As with most projects in our house, the design is constantly being improved, but for now the chickens seem pretty content, and we are discovering lots of new ways to eat eggs.