EXISTING HOME: After fulfilling a longtime dream of purchasing a river side home in the heart of downtown Noblesville, the homeowners set out to update their 1940’s home to accommodate their love of family, cooking and reading. “The house wasn’t set up for the way we live our daily lives. It lacked storage space for our book collection, the kitchen was so cramped that we couldn’t cook together as a couple and the dining room didn’t flow well for hosting our large family.”
NEW FLOOR PLAN: The kitchen was gutted and the wall separating the existing kitchen and dining room was removed to create one large open space for the new kitchen. The adjacent living room was transformed into the family’s new dining room.
To arrange a natural flow in and out of the new dining room, kitchen and existing family room, the existing doorway leading into the family room was enclosed and two new doorways were added on to each end of the wall.
The new floor plan not only functions better, but also allowed space to add built-in bookcases in the family room and in the new dining room.
KITCHEN DETAILS: Maple cabinetry in an “Arctic” finish fills the newly enlarged kitchen with an abundance of storage space. The multi-purpose island includes integrated shelving for cookbooks, drawers and cabinets for added storage and seating space for their three teenagers.
To highlight the homeowners’ love of cooking, the cooking area became one of the main focal points in the kitchen. The decorative exhaust cabinetry adds dimension while the wall chase and niche covered in “Redmond” accent tile draws the eye to the cooking zone.
To add natural light, two clear glass backsplash windows were added on each side of the kitchen sink.
Reading Nook Before:
READING NOOK: “We wanted to preserve as much of the historical charm in the house as possible so we decided to keep the breakfast nook and convert it into a quiet area for morning coffee and reading.” The existing wallpaper was removed and the room was painted yellow to brighten the space. The existing corner hutches were painted white and their interiors were painted in an accent color to add a bold look to the space.
FINAL RESULT: “We love the new layout of the house. It really functions well for our family. We love the kitchen the most because we can easily prepare meals while also spending time with our kids.”
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