• Open up the home’s floor plan; update and enlarge the dated kitchen; modernize the exterior


This 1960s-era home appealed to the owners due to its modern framework and the vaulted wood ceilings on the main floor. Unfortunately, the layout of the main level was comprised of small rooms, which gave the house an unusually cramped and crowded feeling.

The new design opens up the kitchen and dining room into the large living room. Windows and skylights bring light deep into the interior, highlighting the richness of the ceiling and giving the main level a more open feel. New mahogany siding allows the home to tastefully celebrate its roots while becoming a contemporary neighborhood jewel.

Judges’ comments

The judges agreed that in a very high-priced construction market, the design team used its dollars really effectively, deeming the front facade “a hundred times better” than it was originally. —Mark A. Newman, senior editor, REMODELING.

Spec List

Dishwasher: Bosch

Entry doors: Pella Corp

Interior doors: Jeld-Wen

Lighting fixtures: Lightolier

Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore; Minwax

Range: Zephyr

Skylights: Velux

Windows: Pella Corp.