This California Ranch- style house was built in 1990 and was primarily a rental home. The clients remodeled to a Transitional style and moved in upon retiring.
Small changes to an existing floor plan can result in dramatic changes in the way a home feels and functions. By widening the openings between rooms or shortening hallways, we accomplish many goals with much less structural work. Relocating doors and window locations allows new design opportunities for a major reconfigure of fixtures and cabinetry. Minor changes to an entry way can completely change the feel and impression you get when you first walk in the front door.
The clients wanted to preserve the simple massing of the exterior while modernizing the feel and appearance of the interior. To avoid an abrupt or jarring contrast between the old and the new, careful attention was paid to creating a transitional style by blending of traditional and contemporary tile, countertop materials and cabinetry.
Clients had previous experience with major remodeling projects. They were very involved with the Leff team from planning stages through all levels of detail.
- Remodel the main entry to make it more inviting. Remove the rickety stairs in the front of the house that lead up to the kitchen.
- Create a large deck off of the living room that could also serve as an entry.
- Create more expansive interiors that could take advantage of the view.
- Separate the guest bath and laundry.
- Universal Design/Aging in place feature: Install an electric dumbwaiter shaft outside the garage to the kitchen entry door above so they could load groceries, etc.
- Landscaping – having a strong connection to the interior and exterior was very important to them.
- Reconfigure the kitchen/counter heights.
- Reconfigure master bath for better functionality without having to increase room size or move walls.