This tiny bungalow, built in 1919, has 975 sf on the main floor with a small second floor tucked under the eaves. Although multiple realtors recommended tearing down the house, retaining the original scale and character of the house was very important to the owner.
- The family of 4 loves to cook together but the existing kitchen had only 3 feet of counter with substandard storage.
- The kitchen was very dark; the only natural light came from windows opening into an adjacent porch.
- The view from the living through the dining rooms focused on the kitchen sink, which was not always presentable.
- The location of the opening between the kitchen and dining resulted in congested circulation around the dining table.
- The adjacent office was too small for a bedroom and felt isolating for whoever was working or doing homework in the space. The space had 3 doors at opposite sides of the room and circulation between the doors cut into the usable space.
- The stair to the basement was very steep, making it difficult to use the new basement bedroom and bath.
- The new kitchen has 22 feet of counter and 27 feet of base cabinets.
- There are separate areas for prep and cooking.
- Besides new windows and a glass door to the porch, there is now a kitchen window facing outside.
- The view from the living and dining rooms is centered on the glass door that leads to the porch. Moving the dining/kitchen corrected the congested circulation and made the dining room more usable.
- The 6 foot desk is built into the south wall, out of the kitchen work triangle but still part of the space.
- A pantry is built into the former office closet, boosting storage space.
- The basement stair was rebuilt to a shallower slope and a kitchen cabinet with microwave is built over the stair and storage.
- The cabinets are in keeping with the era of the house.
- The ledge above the upper cabinets gave space for the owner’s pottery display.
- A metal circle with curved line became a theme seen in the decorative lights, hardware, and metal sculptural piece at the porch door and over the range.
- A chalkboard recess keeps the family posted on schedule and events.
- The glass tile reflects light and brings warm tones into the space.