The clients needed a new family room, but also wanted to improve the rooms they already had, as well as the flow between the rooms and the outdoor living spaces. The family room addition and the kitchen open to a new terrace. Expansion of an existing bedroom on the second level also creates a porch for the living room of the first level.
Transoms and a bay window flood the new family room with light. A new box bay window in the kitchen improves the light and views in that room as well.
Previously there was only one way into living room, from the front entry hall. The inconvenience of getting to this room from the family areas and outside meant that the isolated room was under utilized. A new doorway improved the connections between the important first floor rooms, effectively giving the family additional living space. New paneling on the fireplace wall adds character to the room while disguising the asymmetrical door placement, which might otherwise seem awkward in this more formal room.
No longer consigned to a corner, the piano is given a place of honor, flanked by two terrace doors and crowned with a transom window.
Built-ins along one wall of the new family room provide a place to study, storage for electronic equipment , games and books as well as display. Windows on three sides of the room, plus doorways to the kitchen and breakfast area, assure generous amounts of natural light.
The existing nursery was charming, but lacked a closet and was scarcely large enough for a crib and changing table. The over-the-new-porch bedroom expansion makes the room large enough for a twin bed, plus adds just enough room for a generous closet and a play/seating or future study area.
A second floor bedroom expansion creates a new open porch for the living room. A screen porch off the side of the living room is replaced with a multi-windowed sunroom, which also doubles as an office or “away” room.