Modest, carefully considered additions transformed this 1960s cape. A box bay window in the dining room, additional windows in the master bedroom, kitchen and family room, plus an enlarged mudroom with an entry porch dramatically improved the light and livability of the existing spaces. The project was the cover story in This Old House magazine.
A new conservatory and screened porch on the back of the house are further enhancements.
The wall in the before photo hides a small side door to the outside. This unnecessary entry forces the sink area of the kitchen into a cramped, dark corner. Removal of the entry allows a generous bank of cabinets and countertops, plus the addition of three windows that look onto a grove of trees. This project was on the cover and featured in This Old House magazine.
Columns and beadboard paneling create a more refined kitchen than before. The family room is improved with additional windows and more elegant door and window casings as well as a picture rail. The fireplace received a new custom mantel with a framed panel above specifically designed for a favorite painting.
The original family room floor was laid directly on a concrete slab 22″ lower than the kitchen, resulting in moisture problems, a cold floor and an uncomfortable separation between the kitchen and the family room. The new family room floor was raised, resolving the dampness issues and improving the connection between the kitchen and the family room. Movement and view paths are aligned so that the rooms borrow space and light from each other. Built-in cabinets provide storage and contribute to the rooms’ architectural character.
Roof finials, oval and cottage style windows as well as exterior and interior trim detail reference the client’s Scandinavian heritage. The new conservatory, with its bay window, and the new screened porch open onto a bluestone terrace.
The conservatory, with bay window and book cases, is connected to the existing living room by a new french door.
In the original house the dining room was isolated from the kitchen by a hallway and a door. This separation made the room so inconvenient it was used as a repository for toys instead of a dining room. After the renovation the kitchen and dining room connect directly through a pair of french pocket doors. The new box bay window floods the dining room with light and provides an alcove for a serving buffet. Now the room is a vital and frequently used part of the house.