Floorplans and the terrible hallway

There are many reasons people renovate their homes.  Some need additional space, some want to update the finishes  while others want to improve traffic flow or need to address  problem areas.  Our project is all four of the above.  While I am jazzed about having a lovely room for my daughter and am giddy over having marble countertops and a bright cheery kitchen, perhaps the single thing that I am most excited about relates to solving the awkward hallway between the kitchen and living room where the powder room currently resides.

See in the before photo the two areas with highlighting.  The two walls which form the powder room create a walk space so narrow that the doors of the basement and powder room almost touch.

before floorplan

Looking from the kitchen into the living room with the doors closed

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Look how cramped the hallway gets when the doors are open.  I for one will not miss traversing this space in the house.

The stairs behind the current powder room were narrow and steep.  There is another wider set close to the soon to be breakfast room, so these are a duplicate.  I am very much looking forward to their going away.

after floorplan first floor

In the plans, the new powder room is accessed by the former window opening in the old powder room.  It'll be fantastic to have a larger space between the kitchen and the living room.  The other impact from removing the extra set of steps is that it allows us to push the pantry, ovens and refrigerator back.  This extra space will give us a larger island and since I spend a majority of my time in the kitchen from this vantage point, I am really looking forward to having some additional counterspace.

I just love this part of a project!  Figuring out how to utilize space and create a better functioning home is at the heart of why I love my job.

Cheers,

Laura

 

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