We want to update the living area of this ranch style home built in the 50s, with pier and beam foundation. The home is structurally sound and there are no issues with moving plumbing and electrical as needed. Ceilings are 8 feet tall. We will stay with hardwood flooring but are willing to consider putting down hardiback for tile but we are concerned about the trip hazard. Currently there are two living areas (separated by a wall), a small dining room and very small kitchen. We would like to remove all interior walls, providing a blank slate to design a functional, efficient and flowing space.
We will implement this remodel as soon as we pick a winning design and we would like to continue work with the designer for the rest of the house remodel.
We want to maximize the small space and create an open area that includes living, dining, bar and kitchen and that flows into our outdoor living area.
1.Remove dividing wall between two living areas.
2.Vault or tray ceilings where possible.
a. This is the main focus of the space and should be efficient and functional, as it will get used a lot. We cook and entertain often, with guests helping in the kitchen.
b. Island will be the focal point of the kitchen, with a spectacular piece of granite, 36” induction cook top, 48” island mount vent-a-hood (stainless and somewhat commercial looking). Island needs to be large enough to seat 4 people (counter height). This will eliminate the need for a breakfast nook.
c. All appliances will be stainless steel and include: refrigerator, 30” double wall oven, 30” built-in microwave, warming drawer, dishwasher, cook top and vent-a-hood.
d. Other countertops will be stained concrete.
e. Cabinets will go all the way up to the ceiling if not vaulted or tray.
f. When we add on to the garage to the southwest part of the house, we lose the window over the current sink and any ability to have a window on the west wall. The only windows that would work for the kitchen would be the window on the north wall, as we would like to be able to look into the backyard.
g. A walk-in pantry is not a requirement, but a decent-sized one is. If space allows, a butler’s pantry would be nice, as we have a large amount of serving pieces and dishes. Again, not necessary.
h. We would like to have a prep sink close to the island, but not on it. If there is a way to design the bar in close proximity, that sink could function as prep and bar use.
a. We would like a bar area, preferably closer to the outdoor living area (north wall). The appliances that we would have for it include: 75” tall wine fridge, under counter ice maker, under counter refrigerator (all stainless). Functionality should be focused more on wine and not liquor.
a. We do not want a separate dining room that is removed from the living/kitchen – we find it to be an inefficient use of space. However, we have a dining table that is 42” wide and 86” long. With the drop-in leaves, the table is 122” long (seats 12). This table needs to be incorporated into our living space. Most of the time leaves will not be in it, but it needs to fit in the space when expanded.
b. We often have more than 20 people at a time for formal meals – we want to be able to put up extra tables and chairs and get everyone in one area during those times.
a. Because this area will flow with kitchen, dining and outdoors, it does not have to be a large area. At this point, furniture can be purchased to fit the space.
b. We have a 55” flat screen TV, DVD, DVR, stereo receiver, 3’ tall primary speakers, center speaker and two surround speakers that we need to incorporate in the entertainment space. The TV can be wall mounted and the surround speakers can be built into the wall if needed.
c. We would like a hearth on the fireplace, so people can sit by the fire. The fireplace can be moved, though we prefer not to.
d. We are considering converting the large window area on the north wall in the living room into double French doors with windows on each side. We are willing to close off the current door to the left of the windows. Our objective is to see the backyard and easily flow into the outdoor living area.
e. When considering opening up the ceilings, we like the look of rustic beams.
a. When people walk into the front door, we would like there to be some sort of entry (though not large or formal) that hinders them being able to immediately look into the living areas.
b. When you open the front door, there is a coat closet on the right (east wall)
c. We plan to install a larger front door.
• Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware.
• Wine country inspired.
• Warm colors with a POP of color in the right place
• Reclaimed materials mixed with clean, modern.
• Luxurious, but not opulent.
• More masculine with fewer feminine touches.
• NO SKY LIGHTS
• Ultimately, the exterior of the home will be redone in Austin stone with dark distressed wood shutters and garage, iron accents.
Selection will be based on:
1. How well the space flows from kitchen to living to exterior.
2. Design that is creative in its simplicity and execution
3. Cost is always an issue so we will not be using "custom" anything other than the counter tops.
4. Kitchen, kitchen, kitchen!!!!
As a minimum I would to get dimensioned plans, sections, elevations, and perspective views and I would prefer a 3D file that I can upload into Google Sketchup.
Plan view: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
Section view: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
3D view(s) - where appropriate
Image of the vent hood http://www.bestrangehoods.com/store/products/productdetail.aspx?id=618a469f-70fc-4ceb-9942-1a04af83d98f
MATERIAL FROM CLIENT
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