The Problem This 1980’s single family house suffered from an awkward and inefficient kitchen and entryway layout. The front door opened into a bathroom and the kitchen door led to the bottom of a stairwell. The whole house was a series of circulation knots trapping the homeowners away from living spaces. The house also had too many doors which seemed only to isolate the living room.
The Solution For the initial phase of the project, I worked closely with the client to find pain points in the house, identifying the problems that they disliked. We went through a discovery phase, considering additions, roof line alterations and changes to the envelope. We ultimately decided to work with minimal structural changes to the house and the envelop. The new design solved several problems at once. It maximized kitchen storage and work space, untied the circulation nodes and reoriented the kitchen to the living and dining spaces, opening up the entire lower level.
My Role I worked on all design phases of this project. The initial schematic design phase included mood boards, roof line and addition sketches and studies, style guides and a great deal of collaboration with the homeowners. The design phase included ground plans, sections and elevations, 3D massing renderings and technical drawings where necessary. I also sourced and sampled finishes. I also worked closely with Matt Rhodes Creations, the general contractor for all technical drawings required, consultation on heating/cooling systems and custom furniture detailing.