The Morris House residents, a young couple with a 4-year-old son, were seeking a renovation that would bring more light, functionality, flexibility, circulation, and comfort into a home they could “really love.” Place’s strategy was to listen carefully, take the practical aspects of the client’s wish list, stay within budget, and create a unique design to make their vision a reality.
Better circulation and flow was attained, for both daily use and entertaining, by opening the wall between the existing living room and kitchen and then combining the small-outdated kitchen with a new addition. There is now a functional cooking area adjacent to a light-filled breakfast area, due to the addition’s upward-sloping ceiling and taller windows. This design creates a family space that has become the most popular room in the home. Plans are in place for a terrace and landscaping off this part of the renovation.
Because the home is currently heated with radiators and a boiler, the most efficient and comfortable way to provide uniform heat to the new addition, is with radiant-floor heating. An engineered wood-floor was placed over the new heating system.
Several unused rooms, on the first floor, were transformed into a master bedroom, with a bath that could double as a powder room. The master bath has an over-sized walk-in shower with large planes of glass to provide definition and maintain the desired openness. A recessed shampoo shelf occupies one wall, allowing more space for shampoo and bath items. Additional features include a shower bench and two shower heads that are placed on opposite walls. A closet and cabinets under the vanity provide an abundance of storage.
The client’s aspirations were grounded and realistic, when considering the size and scope of their project; place’s philosophy for making a space better, does not always mean making it larger. Staying within budget was also a driving factor throughout, especially when selecting project finishes. The individual spaces are not huge, but they are well placed; and all of the pieces come together to create the whole.