Brown Residence, Week 3
By analyzing and assessing the way they really live, Liz Brown provided me with a thorough list of what they envisioned for their home and family, and primarily the direction in which this renovation project was headed.
To get a sense of the scope of the Brown’s project, let me share just some of Liz’s wish list
Downstairs Bedrooms & Bathrooms:
- Add one additional bedroom and connecting bathroom downstairs.
- Add one or two additional baths to the existing children’s bedrooms.
- Remove the current children’s bathroom due to bad location.
- Add good size linen closet.
Main Living Area:
- Expand current kitchen dramatically and raise ceilings throughout.
- Dining for 6-8 in kitchen.
- Like big island with bar stools.
- Include large picture windows.
- Lots of cabinetry.
- Need door to close off kitchen.
- Design separate laundry room.
- Can reconfigure current office, maids, and bath for better entry from garage.
- Add butler’s pantry if possible.
- Appliances: 8 burner range, warming drawer, XL microwave, separate sub zero refrigerator and freezer, and wine refrigerator.
Upper Master Bedroom Suite Addition:
- Problem areas: bad entry/foyer, walk through dining room to get to family room. (poor traffic flow).
- Bad location of powder room, and low ceilings.
- If ceilings are raised, big custom windows to bring the outside elements inside.
- Like side lights on either side of front entry door.
- Add one master bedroom suite upstairs.
- One bedroom – with or without balcony.
- Window seat if possible.
- One room for office or treadmill with windows.
- One bath with two toilets, one bidet, 2 sinks, shower, tub and make-up vanity area (if possible)
- Two separate walk – in closets
I think you get the idea – Liz’s detailed wish list provided me with a strong vision as to where to begin and the direction this renovation project was headed. From that point forward, it became my job to turn Liz and Mark’s vision into a reality.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
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