First Floor Open Concept Remodel – NARI WRA Gold Award
A beautiful first floor open concept remodel, including the kitchen, dining room, the foyer, and a bathroom with serious attention to detail.
This Germantown family was looking to increase the overall appeal and function of the first floor of their home. They desired a larger eating area, more space for storage, an updated look to the bathroom and foyer. We offered an open concept remodel design combining the space between the kitchen and dining area, and a complete modern update to the bath and foyer.
The existing floor plan consisted of the main eating areas divided by a load bearing wall. By removing the wall and eliminating the foyer closet we were able to expand the kitchen as well as the dining area. This additional space in the open concept remodel allowed for a more functional use of the cooking and eating area. Additional cabinets were installed which eliminated the need for a separate china cabinet or furniture piece keeping the continuity of the kitchen design. Our client also desired a serving bar which added additional countertop space that was not included in the original floor plan. The island countertop was custom designed with the homeowners’ specifications allowing room for the family to eat comfortably. Three pendant lights were installed in consideration of the islands’ multiple uses. Sconce lighting was installed in the dining room being mindful of individual art pieces. All of the lights are installed on Decora dimmer switches. Canister lighting was placed throughout the ceiling giving the homeowners many options for lighting décor.
The 12” x 24” porcelain tile installed in a brick joint pattern continues throughout the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and hallway keeping in complete harmony. The white divinity maple base and wall cabinets contrast well with the ginger snap maple island cabinet. The Volga Blue Granite counter tops compliment the contrasting colors with the Persia White Granite island. The Zephyr Silk Pewter and Bohemian Taupe wall paper add line and rhythm as well as texture to the bathroom and dining room walls.
Attention to detail in this open concept remodel is evident throughout the project. Crown molding on the cabinetry matches the profiles of the door casings and baseboards. The range hood was custom designed to exude elegance while masking the large appliance. Brushed nickel was incorporated throughout the lighting, hardware and appliances. Custom wainscoting installed in the bathroom was introduced on the hallway handrail posts, continuing the stylish approach to this remodel. The beveled porcelain backsplash matches the offset of the floor tile completing a finished look.
We removed a load bearing wall between the kitchen and the dining room and installed (2) flush micro lam beams to transfer the load of the second floor. Unfortunately the heat run into the upper level bedrooms was obstructing the location of the support beams. By creating a false ceiling in the refrigerator cabinet we were able to reconfigure the heat run without disturbing the upper level HVAC and the drywall ceiling. The range could not be vented due to elimination of the kitchen soffits where the HVAC chase existed. Faced with this challenge, we decided to build a soffit on a shared wall in the bathroom where existing attic space allowed the duct to reach the exterior. By being creative with this resolution we were able to keep the hood vent cabinet flush to the ceiling in accordance with the other cabinets. We kept within our clients’ budget and were able to achieve their goals by maintaining steady communication throughout the project. We included allowances for all products from cabinetry to plumbing fixtures. This is helpful to our clients’ while selecting their products to stay within budget. We listen to our clients’ wants and needs from the preconstruction meeting until the final walk through of this open concept remodel project.