We are looking to remodel part of our 1st floor entry/kicthen/dining rooms to allow for better flow within the spaces and into our outdoor areas. The house is a 1929 colonial in Montclair, NJ and we would like to leave the existing front facade (the windows and brick front/sides) untouched. The living room was recently renovated with a folding glass wall out to the backyard, so we would leave that untouched as well.
To that end, we are wanting to:
1. renovate half of our first floor, including the kitchen/breakfast nook, dining room, powder room and foyer.
2. add a front porch
3. add a pergola over our backyard patio
4. add a basic outdoor kitchen
Our overall style/design aesthetic most closely would be vintage/industrial. We like Schoolhouse Electric, some West Elm, Rejuvenation, and a lot of repurposed furniture. In general, we prefer a muted/neutral base color palette (walls, furniture, etc) with pops of color from accessories (pillows, frames, other decor). We are relatively handy (novice carpentry/electrical/sewing) so some DIY features/decorations would be welcome.
-the front yard slopes down to a brick retaining wall, so any structure would need to take into account this grade (see pictures)
-would like wide porch steps down to the lawn along with an exit to the driveway
-the large rhododendron tree in front of the living room/sunroom windows can be removed
-the existing landscaping does not need to be maintained except for the japanese maple near the driveway
-keep the existing front door
-keep all the front facade windows
-need some type of hallway coat closet/guest coat storage
-currently is under the stairs and pretty cramped
-can be moved and would prefer a slightly larger/taller space
-possibly open up area under the stairs for closet/storage space?
-prefer open layout
-side entry door into kitchen awkwardly opens onto short landing in front of stairs; this door should be moved elsewhere along this same wall
-dining room aspect of facade (front 2 windows of the house) should not be disturbed
-would like sliding barndoor repurposed if possible (pantry door?)
-reuse existing farmhouse table (can be placed adjacent to island/kitchen area if needed) which is 6' x 30"
-reuse existing subzero fridge (42" side by side with water disp)
-reuse existing wolf 30" wall oven and microwave
-replace existing range with wolf 36" rangetop with 4 burners/griddle; existing undermount drafthood does not work well, replace ventilation to outside
-cooktop surface needs adjacent workspace (currently have 6-8" a side which is not ideal)
-cooktop does not need to be in island
-replace all cabinets (for cost effectiveness, would consider IKEA bases with customs door fronts, like semihandmadedoors.com); prefer white, simple lines, shaker style, with dark hardware; contrasting island cabinetry with a wood countertop meant to be farmhouse style--to be cut on, etc (with matte finish)
-replace countertops (dark soapstone or honed granite, open to other suggestions)
-undermount sink with industrial/pulldown faucet
-some open cabinets ok
-we cook a lot and need space for flow for 2 people actively cooking/chopping/cleaning/etc (3.5 to 4 foot aisle space)
-there is existing original oak hardwood flooring which we would prefer to reuse if possible
-replace existing slider with french doors opening to patio
-remove existing garden window with traditional double hung or casement
-use space under window for more storage/bar area
-we have a samsung fridge (36" wide) in the nook which we are open to moving but we do use it frequently
-option: built-in bench with underseat storage and overhead wall cabinets
-I plan to build a new table for this area using reclaimed walnut from a local wood salvage yard. I like the legs this company sells (the M1 machine leg, at-95.com)
-doors to garage and basement are awkward--any suggestions for replacing/changing this would be welcome
-extend out from living room folding wall and extend length of kitchen nook
-extend out from sunroom optional (possible hanging swing here)
-keep exisiting patio furniture
-take over area adjacent to existing outdoor shower, against garage wall and kitchen nook garden window
-use existing drain and cold water source
-use existing weber genesis grill to slide into place; modular kits OK
-looking for a sink, countertops and possibly a small refrigerator
-we like a rough/rustic countertop--bluestone? honed granite? not sure if soapstone would work
the following are links to ideas/aesthetics we like (Houzz ideabooks)
Any specific suggestions for hardware/fixtures/cabinets will be appreciated.
The following dropbox folder contains a handdrawn floorplan (to scale, 1 box=1 foot), an annotated floorplan and pictures of the spaces. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gm9adg144z7harg/9R4oSztlaA
The winner of the project design will have the design which is affordable and takes into consideration the design aesthetic we desire. In addition, any specifics regarding fixture/cabinet/hardware choices will be appreciated, but not necessary.
We are looking to use the winning design to obtain bids from local design/build firms, or possibly being the general contractors ourselves and hire out subcontractors. The plans should be detailed enough to allow for this, but need not have detailed electrical/substructure/lighting plans.