This remodeled Tudor revival home in Silver Spring MD features
an open floor plan that helps a very modest house “live large”.
The original floor plan was busy — with small rooms running
into each other (see “before” images below).
The walls between the kitchen and Dining Room and between the
Dining Room and Living Room were removed and the small kitchen
received a much needed expansion visually and physically.
The cook is also now part of the action instead of being hidden
away. The budget was kept relatively low by leaving
plumbing fixtures in their original locations limiting plumbing
In the Living and Dining rooms, windows were replaced with
French Doors leading to the outdoor garden rooms — dramatically
expanding the visual space and scale. The doors were sized to
fit under the existing lintels limiting the cost of structural
modifications and masonry work on the stone & brick exterior.
Now every room has daylight coming from 3 or 4 sides and you
have long views through each room into other rooms and out into
the garden. There are garden rooms on 4 sides of the house
furthering the expansive feel of the small house. The
transformation was made within the existing footprint –
allowing a modest house on a modest remodeling budget to feel
All images courtesy of Braitman
Dining Room “Before”
Living Room “Before”