Combined Family / Dining Room

Making Room for Baby

The inviting foyer has mud room capability and welcomes family and friends to the reconfigured home.

My clients live in a 1930’s brick story and a-half cottage in Takoma Park, MD.  The 2 bedrooms upstairs and small compartmentalized rooms on the first floor just weren’t working once they added their second child.  They came to me thinking they needed an addition but their budget just wasn’t enough to make that happen.

They didn’t really need more space . . . just reconfigured space!  This is so often the case in older homes like theirs.  They now have an inviting foyer that accommodates family and guests and will also accommodate book bags and sports equipment as their kids grow.  They have a joint family – dining room that is intimate for family dinners and will also fit all the family during holidays.  The family room adjoins a new deck with ceiling fans to repel mosquitoes.  The first-floor master suite has a new, bright 2-person bath.  A first floor powder room keeps their master bath private.  The 2 upstairs bedrooms and bath work for the two kids.  A new full-bath and convertible play / guest room in the basement rounds out the space.  [See Before and After Floor Plans at the end.]

While exactly the same space, the experience before the remodel was dramatically different.  You walked directly into the small living room.  The 2 first floor bedrooms were almost never used — except when company came.  The dining room was also only used when guest were present.  So they were cramped living in a tiny portion of the home.

Cubbies Next to Front Door Provide both open and closed storage. They are right-sized for future backpacks.
Entry Hall
A Good-Sized Coat Closet (not visible) across from the Cubbies handles coats for the whole family and guests
Master Bedroom
The Entry Hall Helps Provide Privacy and Separation for the new Master Bedroom, beyond. The dark purple wall color adds to the sense of separation.
Combined Family / Dining Room
The combined family / dining room offers lots of space for gathering. The apace is flexible for young children to play on the floor and for the extended family to gather for holidays.
Restful Color Palette
The soft grayed greens coordinate wonderfully with the original oak floor — with a custom stain.
French doors and enlarged windows offer nice daylight and a wonderful interplay of shadows.
French doors and enlarged windows offer nice daylight and a wonderful interplay of shadows.
Family Room Off Foyer
The Family Room started life as a first floor bedroom. A doorway connects the family room to the foyer.
Large Deck
The deck — off the family room — connects to the previously enlarged kitchen. It provides great views and access to the large back yard.
Ceiling fans keep mosquitoes away.
Ceiling fans keep mosquitoes away.
The master bedroom has a large closet and built-ins.
The master bedroom has a large closet and built-ins.
Master Bedroom
The cabinetry in the bedroom matches the cabinetry in the new master bath.
Master Bath
The 2-person master bath is spacious and efficient.
Master Bath
Among the few splurges were the towel warmer and the Caesarstone quartz counters.
Comfortable Shower
The shower has sophisticated-looking matte solid surface walls and pan. It has separately controlled rain head and hand held shower faucets.
A custom counter
A custom counter helps integrate a linen cabinet, hamper, and radiator in the corner of the bath.
The Powder Room is Attractive but Barebones
The Powder Room is Attractive but Bare Bones
Basement Bath
The basement bath is spacious and attractive — but, again, bare bones.
Modular Basement Shower
The basement shower is bright.
Floor Plan - After
Floor Plan – After
Floor Plan - Before
Floor Plan – Before

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