The typical small house built in the 1930’s — with small, cut-off rooms — creates the opportunity for a different type of “great room”. Instead of a single (too often sterile space), we create a “great room” composed of interconnected spaces that blur the lines between kitchen, living, dining and study. This type of opening-up with the existing footprint creates the ability to be together while still engaging in separate activities. It’s an inviting, nurturing type of family life.
My client, a young family in Silver Spring, MD — in a wonderful sylvan setting but close to transportation and culture — was tripping over itself especially during meal times when they barely had space for the 4 of them and struggled to accommodate frequent guests.
Removing most of the walls on the first floor of this small home, creates light-filled intimate spaces that expand all the functions — dining, living, cooking and entry.
We also opened up almost the entire back wall with a bank of 3 windows in the dining area and a triple patio door off the kitchen filling the entire home with light and a sense of space and possibility. Notice the home office nice co-existing with the dining area. A powder room and pantry closet are tucked between the office nook and stairs up and down.
Moving the front door from the center of the front wall to one side allows us to expand both the foyer and the living area. We were also able to create a good sized entry closet and pantry closets — spaces that were previously needed for maneuvering through separate, small, cut-off spaces.
The small kitchen was unchanged but feels much larger with the addition of triple patio doors. We also found space in both a built-in cabinet and a pantry closet to expand it’s functionality. The built-in pantry cabinet also provides a visual break to separate the kitchen from the dining areas. It also provides an out of the way space for switches and outlets.
One wall of the enlarged dining area is reserved for the wife’s home office. She works from home so it’s a working space but coordinates with the rest of the open space with sufficient closed storage to keep the mess at bay. A Roll-Out corrals the printer and router (not seen) as well as all the cords and cables