Designing A Family-Friendly Home
I’ve been in the throws of re-designing a 2800 square foot home to accommodate all the needs of a growing family of four. The main criteria for this new and improved home, is to ensure it is highly functional, extremely comfortable and impeccably styled. In other words – create a family friendly and welcoming home environment for everyone who passes through the door.
The scope of the project and my client’s wish list goes something like this:
The First Floor:
- Enlarge the kitchen by bumping outward thereby changing the roofline and adding new windows.
- Create a more open floor plan by opening up the kitchen to the dining room to improve the flow and allow for ease in entertaining.
- Add floor to ceiling windows in the front and back to allow in much more light.
- Adding on to create a new front entrance.
- Transform an office for one into a family friendly workspace for four.
- Expand the existing living room and family room by integrating the interior with the new exterior living space.
- Incorporate a service/bar area under the stairwell.
- Re-design a family friendly family room for children and adults by borrowing some extra space from the adjacent bathroom.
- Reduce the existing full bath into a sleek new powder room.
The Second Floor:
- Change out stairwell and railing design.
- Renovate and re-plan the boys’ bath by providing a stall shower and second sink.
- Create a master bedroom/bath spa environment by re-planning the entire master suite.
- Add a full balcony off the master bedroom overlooking the back yard and outdoor living space.
- Add ample storage throughout the entire home.
Practicality and style can reign supreme in a family friendly home – all the while keeping connected to family and friends while cooking, working online or paying some bills. This is the underlying theme in this home renovation project.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca. © 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc.