My project involves integration of kitchen and living area into an open floor plan with egress to exterior deck(s). The living area has 26 ft cathedral ceilings with open beam construction and has mountainous views of a national forest through its existing large windows. The house also has an upper loft area that looks out to the national forest through the same large windows in the living area space. The loft also gives access to an upper exterior deck -also facing the nation forest- through double hinged patio doors. (Please refere to pictures and drawings).
The house is located in Prescott AZ. The house was built in 1985 and never was updated.
My main goals are:
Open the kitchen to the living area by removing the fireplace from center of floor in the living area and replacing it with a counter or island that faces out to the living area.
Placing a gas fireplace -if feasible - at the center of the wall facing the national forest in the living area. If feasible, the fireplace stack would extend up through the cathedral ceiling so that an exterior (wood burning) fireplace could be incorporated on the exterior upper deck. Placing the fireplace and its stack at this location would result in elimination of existing double doors that now provide egress to the upper exterior deck via the loft area. Perhaps the challenge is to redesign of the upper deck and povide egress to the deck from the loft area from an other location.
Optimize the mountain views by placing larger windows - possible floor to ceiling - in the living area space.
Redesign of upper and lower decks that integrates well with the exterior of the house.
Redesign of interior stairway that leads from lower living area space to loft. Perhaps a curved stairway.