The original Malm fireplace remained while we updated this 1980s home to fit the lifestyle of its new owners. An important requirement was a place for the family to play ping pong so we designed the dining area with that in mind. The home is situated in a park-like setting in the midst of an urban neighborhood, so indoor and outdoor spaces were added at front and rear of home to capture views, improve function and expand living areas.
The original circular brass Malm fireplace sits atop its new tiled platform in the opened up living room. Since the home's setting feels very park-like, the new covered deck—visible just outside the windows—was designed to add year-round living space to the home.
Opening up the kitchen walls required structural work that we embraced, making it a focal point of the home's design. These details were also carried through to new covered deck and entry.
We call it the morning room now. Skylights, improved windows and lighting contribute to a comfortable place to be. Opening up walls ties this room to kitchen and living spaces making a wonderful place for entertaining.
Eliminating laundry and water heater closet allowed expansion of kitchen footprint and a more generous space for the "ping pong table dining room." Coffee maker and other small appliances are stored on rollout shelves in the tall cabinet adjacent to the sink counter. A combination of finishes enlivens the space.
Our design was planned to "fit" a ping pong table, but it was the homeowners who found this awesome combination ping pong table/dining table which looks great and works very well in the space. The light fixture over the table moves up and out of way during play time. The angled window seat was part of the original architecture, but we added storage below, expanded the seat, and flanked the area with generous and attractive storage.
Dual, white square-shaped sinks make the perfect modern bathroom vanities for granite countertops, like the contrasting black one seen here.
Adding space at this wing of the home allowed for inclusion of this curb-free shower, tub area and generous walk-in closet in the master bathroom, a new laundry room, and a second bathroom for family and guests. Originally, there was only one bathroom in this part of the home that all bedrooms shared.
This view to the master bedroom shows the inclusion of the same beam details used elsewhere in the home.
Windows at the right (out of view) spill natural light into this extended hallway where a bathroom, laundry room and a third bedroom have been added. Beam details match those used elsewhere in the home. Glass blocks allows light into closet and master bathroom. Vaulted ceilings allow for "attic storage" accessible via new doors high up on the wall.
Remodeled powder room is clean, modern and compact.