Mike and Karen have a lovely home in Yorktown, but they wanted more of an open floorplan downstairs. After consulting with our engineer, we were able to remove 2 exterior walls, create a new living space between the kitchen and a bedroom, and add a fabulous screened porch, with a covered area for grilling. These before and after pictures tell the story.
We started with the concept drawing. The client initially considered copper for the roof of the addition, but decided on architectural-style asphalt shingles.
Before: The small deck on the back of the house, between the kitchen and a bedroom has been removed.
After: A new living space was created between the kitchen and bedroom, and a screened porch was added.
The new space ties into the kitchen and enlarges the living room. The large arched window from the kitchen was moved into the addition, and the former space the window occupied has been converted to a door that opens onto the new screened porch.
Before: The dining room was closed off from the living room. The door in this picture opens onto the small deck we removed.
After: The exterior walls were removed, 2 columns and header beams were installed, and the addition is complete. In this picture, you can now see into the living room and the addition from the kitchen.
The new room added much needed space to the living room. Removing the 2 walls opened up the area and created a better flow between the kitchen, dining room, living room, and the addition.
Before: The living room is closed off from the kitchen and dining room, and the large furniture dominates the space.
After: The exterior walls have been removed, and addition is finished.
The sofa and loveseat placement is the same in the living room, but the new open floorplan is a better fit for the large furniture. The large arched window adds more light, and the new paint color brightens the entire space.
Before: Another view of the dining room, showing the arched window and the exterior door to the small deck.
After: The arched window from the kitchen has been moved into the addition, and a new door leading to the screened porch has been installed in its place.
The addition provides space for a new sitting area, furnished with some of Mike and Karen’s beautiful antiques. Again, the open floor plan is light and bright.
The new screened porch is the perfect place to enjoy morning coffee, to entertain friends, or to relax after a long day. The ceiling fan helps to keep the porch cool on those hot summer days.
The area of the porch that isn’t screened is covered, to keep the rain away, with a specially designed spot for Mike’s grill.
We hope Mike and Karen will enjoy their new and improved home for many years!
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