We have a 1952 built ranch house overlooking the water (to the east). The four areas (kitchen, living room, dining room and sunroom/enclosed porch) are spa rated with wall, doors and large windows in a somewhat u-shaped pattern. We'd like to open the floor plan to take advantage of the water view while making the rooms flow more easily into each other. From the kitchen to the sunroom/porch, there is a traditional door. From the living room to the sunroom/porch, there is a traditional door. The existing sunroom has a sliding door leading out to a SMALL wood deck, and the sunroom/porch was covered with a greenhouse-style enclosure. The wall between the dining room and the sunroom/porch has a large picture window between them. The general condition of the rooms are structurally sound. East-facing kitchen windows are in very poor condition and will be replaced/modified/changed. Windows in the other rooms are in good shape.
We'd like to open the floor plan to allow free movement from room to room. Since the sunroom/porch is basically in the middle of the house, it has become the central "relaxing" space. We installed a wood stove in that area to make for year-round use. By opening the rooms, we're also thinking that the wood stove would provide and additional heat source not inhibited by the walls and windows. We are hoping to start the project immediately. Our basic desire is to get workable design plans to forge ahead with this project. Working with the winning designer after the competition would be preferable. He/she need not be onsite, but may be more helpful to him/her for a better understanding of the overall project and space.
The living room has a stone fireplace that we would like to keep. The living room must also allow space for the baby grand piano (see pictures). We like to remove the picture window in the dining room with a step-down to the sunroom/porch. From the sunroom/porch, we'd either sliding doors or French doors to lead out to a patio or deck (preferably a concrete patio). Kitchen should have either an island or a peninsula with seating. No granite countertops...soapstone is preferred. Things to avoid:
Common-sense, non-exotic and affordable design with minimal structural changes. We have thought out what walls CAN be partially removed to obtain our desires, but are open to other ideas as long as no changes are made to the footprint of the house.
- PLAN DRAWING: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- SECTION-ELEVATION VIEW(S) : Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS (where relevant)
Living room - 17' 4" x 23' 2"
Dining room - 16' 0" x 12' 8"
Kitchen - 15' 4" x 17' 6"
Porch (without greenhouse cover extension) 15' 0" x 9' 8"
Other information: House has forced hot air heat with heat ducts approx 12" from ceiling. Ducts measure 14" x 7". Kitchen has 2 ducts, living room has 3 ducts & Dining room has 1 duct...all on interior walls. Fireplace in living room is functional.
Our preferred style is traditional/contemporary. We have a lot of oak mission style pieces in other rooms, painted walls, white trim (including cove moulding at ceiling) and oak hardwood floors. We'd like to keep that look consistent throughout the house. We duo not like raised panel cabinetry.