Sometimes a growing family needs more space. Sometimes that space is already there but is so chopped up that it just doesn't function well. A previous addition, in this home, over a crawl space seemed to block all opportunities for expansion. The existing kitchen was one step down from the dining room and the family room was one step down from the kitchen. Everywhere you walked there were steps to trip over. Remodeling any of the existing spaces was almost impossible without first addressing the steps.
After a thorough schematic design process, the best solution appeared to be removing the previous kitchen and family room addition completely and building new. However, there was nothing wrong with the second floor master suite that made up the second level of the old addition. The solution was to support the existing second floor with large steel beams while building a new basement and first floor below. The resulting new kitchen, family room, mudroom and powder room spaces are now all on one level and filled with natural light. Adding a new, full basement under the new space and reconfiguring the old basement spaces also provides the owners an additional bedroom, bathroom and family play space in the lower level for their growing kids.
Photography by Farm Kid Studio
Designed by Jim Scott while at QDB