True to the traditional nature of this 1924 house, and in keeping with the homeowners’ wish for improved natural light and their preference for distinct, defined spaces, this home has been updated with amenities and conveniences for a contemporary family, without sacrificing any of its architectural character. One of the primary goals was to create a casual dining area for the family to use on a daily basis. Prior to the remodel, there was only a cramped space for two people to eat at a kitchen peninsula counter, leaving the formal dining room as the sole option for the family to share meals together.
Manipulating the layout of the house was key to the design’s success. First, the original formal dining room was repurposed into a den; then, a dining area, open to the brightly remodeled kitchen, was added. The redesigned kitchen also incorporates a cozy breakfast area, providing a secondary dining option and an additional area for the family to congregate. The renovation unified the family spaces and represents a significant lifestyle shift for the owners. The new floor plan improves circulation between the front and back of the house and enhances the connection to the pool and backyard. The overall design is flexible, should the family decide to repurpose these spaces as the children get older and the demands of their lifestyle evolve yet again.