We have recently purchased this home, and want to update and remodel. The existing condition is functional and in good repair, but the style is very dated. We want to mainly update to a modern/contemporary design, without going so far that it doesn't match the overall look of the house. We will eventually remodel the entire interior of the home, but are going to do the work in stages. We definitely want to remove the interior wall that is separating the kitchen from the family room to open the space up more, and we definitely want to increase the size of the kitchen. The wall is load bearing, so will most likely need a column near center of the span to remain affordable. The dining room is exceptionally large, so we figured some space could be taken from it to increase the kitchen square footage. In the long term, we intend to replace the large 14' window in the family room with a sliding glass door, and we would like to eventually build a deck that would wrap around the family room. This would wrap all the way from the existing patio around the fireplace to the view side of the home (the design of this deck will probably be a future Arcbazar project).
Our goals include:
-Update the home with a cohesive, modern/contemporary design throughout
-Remove wood paneling on the walls
-Create a larger kitchen space by removing the wall separating it from the family room, and by using some of the dining room space
-Replace hardwood flooring in the kitchen with porcelain tile
-Cover existing brick fireplace(s) with a stone veneer product
-Update electrical and lighting
-Create a center island in the kitchen that will flow into the family and dining rooms
-Replace all appliances (considering Viking Professional 48" range with exhaust hood, and similar refrigerator, etc. I am not including these appliances in the budget for the project)
-Take advantage of the view offered from the south facing side of the home in all designs
-While we are not completely happy with the existing wood floors in the family room, we do understand that they are extremely valuable. We may refinish them if they stick out too sorely, but it is our intention to save them. This is only in the family room, and possibly the dining room. We definitely want to remove the wood flooring in the kitchen.
-We were considering mounting our TV over the fireplace, but will consider other suggestions
-We would like to have some cabinetry either side of the fireplace in the family room. This would act as storage, as well as accomodate electronics for the entertainment center.
We want to do a minimum of structural changes to the home, and do not want to remove any fireplaces, etc. The home has an open floor plan already, we would just like to remove the one wall to open it a bit more. All windows have been recently replaced, so we would like to keep them as they are (although we do plan to put in a sliding glass door mentioned abov
e when the time comes to build a deck).
I think the things to avoid are things like travertine and design elements that seem to be "too popular" in designs today. I used to love travertine, but it seems to be in everybody's house now. We are not opposed to granite countertops, but I can't say it is our first choice. I guess the right granite would work, but it is also feeling a bit overused and commonplace now.
We are also not into white cabinets, unless they are done very well with a modern look. I think we would prefer wood grain of some sort in the cabinetry, porcelain tile on the kitchen floors, and countertops that would tie everything together.
We like minimalist, modern design, but don't want anything that is going to look strange and break up the flow to the rest of the house. I think a contemporary design leaning toward modern is a good description of what we are looking for. We are somewhat close to the beach, so contemporary "beachy" is also an interesting direction to head. We also want to increase the resale value of the home, so don't want to get anything too "unique" that will scare away potential buyers in the future.
Green and eco-designs are definitely a priority, but I think most important is overall durability of the products used. We want to design something that will wear well for years to come, and we understand that things that wear well usually cost a bit more. We do have an overall budget in mind for the remodel of the home, but don't want to cut corners in the kitchen. We were hoping to keep this project at or under $50k (excluding appliances), but are willing to spend more if we feel it necessary. Details in design are also a big priority for us. Planning for things like light switch placement, types of lighting, cabinetry components, and functionality of the overall layout will all come into consideration for our decision.
I was hoping to receive a detailed set of plans for the project, a text description, and a 3d rendering of the design with "walk through" capability. I think this is important to try to get a feel for the design and how it will effect the space.
The google sketchup file is drawn to scale, so all measurements are fairly accurate. If you have other specific questions, feel free to contact me for clarification. Also, we have the luxury of a crawl space above and below the spaces, so moving plumbing and electrical is reasonably simple.