A couple of weeks ago, I posted the start of a before and after project, called “The Ultimate Before and After.” It can be found further down in the Blog. I have spent the past weeks formulating a plan for what to do with the space, and following is a photograph of the floorplan we have come up with for the space.
There was a giant pantry that divided the living area from the kitchen. The first thing we did was to remove that and open up the living space. The tv will be placed over the fireplace, and we were able to get a full size sofa and a love seat in the space, along with two comfy lounge chairs, one with an ottoman. A nice large rug will unify the seating area. Behind that is a dining area that will seat six, and can expand to seat eight for entertaining. The kitchen is completely open to the space, and we are planning on using an antique work table as the island. We added windows across the back of the house that will go from near the ceiling to the kitchen counter, so this will be a really light and bright space. There is a spot near the dining room for a tall china cabinet for storing dishes.
To the left of the great room is the office. This holds a nice large desk, about 3′ x 5′, and a cabinet that can be a filing cabinet. This will be the perfect place to work on a computer and to use as a home office.
To the left of the kitchen is a space we created from a back porch. This will be the new sunroom, and will provide access to the back yard, as well as access to the parking area just outside the side door. This space will have a brick floor, which will be perfect to keep the character of the log cabin as well as provide a durable surface for a house on a farm. We were able to get a small breakfast table in the space, as well as a small sofa. Opposite the window wall is another large piece which can serve as additional pantry storage for the kitchen. The two side chairs on each side can be the additional side chairs needed in the dining area when the table is expanded.
The bedroom furniture arrangement is simple, and pretty much dictated by the available space and existing window placement. The front bedroom gets the addition of a new bathroom with a tub/shower combination, a nice vanity, and an additional closet. The closet shown in the bedroom itself is original to the house and will be restored.
The master bedroom gets a much enlarged bathroom with a nice vanity and an enormous shower with a bench at the back. Also this room gains a nice size closet where we will put a stackable washer and dryer and a small laundry sink. Corner windows will be in keeping with the original architecture, and will allow some natural light into the master bath and closet. A pocket door will divide the space from closet to bath. This is a great solution for a door and will take up no floor space.
The next step is to work on specific kitchen design, cabinetry details, and select appliances. We will follow that with bathroom fixture and tile selection, and then do an electrical and lighting plan. This will be a wonderful space when complete. My client was thrilled with the proposed plan, and workers were at the house today starting demolition. Stay tuned for more updates