Behind The Design

Our clients, a young family, love their neighborhood but wanted to update their home and expand their living space.


  • Tight closed-off kitchen separated from the dining area
  • No mudroom or place to store shoes
  • The house only has 2 bedrooms & 1 bathroom leaving no office or guest room space

The new addition will solve these issues by:

  • Creating a new larger, open-concept kitchen and dining area
  • Adding a mudroom
  • Adding a powder bathroom to the main floor
  • Adding a third bedroom and another bath upstairs, creating a new primary suite

The homeowners wanted the space created by the new addition to flow seamlessly into the original house. The addition design solves the functionality issues created by a too-small house and aesthetically ties together the home’s main floor. On the exterior, the addition design ties into the existing roof lines and considers the lot size.

This rendered drawing shows the new addition on the back of the house. The design ties into the existing roof lines and considers the lot size.

The Kitchen Design

We’ll remove a mechanical venting chimney from the living room, seal up a doorway, and take down the wall between the old kitchen and dining area to capture more space for the new kitchen.

Our clients wanted more storage, so we’re adding lots of pantry cabinets to hold kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies like brooms and vacuums. The kitchen will have some upper cabinets but will also feature custom open floating walnut shelving.

The kitchen design has a vintage-modern vibe in a black and white palette accented with walnut details and a pop of gold from the dining room multi-pendant chandelier. The custom shaker-style cabinets will be painted Sherwin Williams Snowbound with contrasting matte black cabinet pulls. The honed white mosaic tile backsplash repeats a unique cube pattern. Floating walnut shelves will be custom fabricated for the space. The white quartz countertops selected have a faint veining like marble. The peninsula countertop features a waterfall edge detail. Accent walls will be painted Sherwin Williams Before The Storm, a dark charcoal grey.

The fixtures and finishes will have a vintage-modern vibe with a black and white palette. The dining room multi-pendant chandelier adds a pop of gold.
The new kitchen peninsula has a waterfall countertop, seating area, and storage with a hidden push panel door. The kitchen will have some upper cabinets but will also feature custom floating walnut shelves.
In the kitchen and addition, we'll lay new hardwood floors that match the home's existing red oak floors.
North and South elevation drawings of the kitchen show locations for cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures.
The addition makes space for a new powder room and mudroom that opens to the dining area and a new door with backyard access. There is also a passage from the mudroom over the stair landing into the living room.

Primary Bedroom & Bath Design

Upstairs, the addition adds a bedroom and a bathroom, creating a new primary suite for our clients and the opportunity for an existing bedroom to become an office or guest space. The new primary bedroom will have windows overlooking the park across the street, allowing for lots of natural light.

The new bathroom will have a generous walk-in shower with walls in white subway tile, a black hexagon mosaic shower floor, and matte black plumbing fixtures. A quartz-topped custom walnut vanity with gold pulls and a brass sconce adds warmth to the bathroom palette.

The design for the primary bathroom includes black hexagon tile, black plumbing fixtures, brass hardware, and a custom walnut vanity.

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