Hi designers, thank you in advance for your time, creativity and help transforming our home into a cool, comfortable place to live and raise our three young kids.
As you will see, this is a 2,900 square foot ranch that is in the shape of an “L”. On one side are the bedrooms and on the other are the common areas – living room/office, family room, dining room and kitchen. The house sits on a ½ acre corner lot.
A. Interior Design Objective:
We want the final result to be an updated, practical, sunlit home well designed for a five person family with three young kids
B. General Guidance
1.) Open house to outdoors – skylights, large sliding doors, windows and deck (especially along kitchen and master bedroom). See our idea book on Houzz.com for examples we love.
2.) Open floor plan but with subtle sense of boundaries. We are not looking for a warehouse
3.) Update the aesthetic of the home inside and outside (i.e. crown molding, trim, built ins, colors, façade, fixtures and finishes)
4.) We want there to be thought given to the lighting throughout the house. We are looking for updated lighting not only for function but also to add atmosphere and warmth
5.) Need a space that could double as an office and should be able to be closed door to take conference calls without disturbance from kids
6.) Need a place for kids to do homework as they grow older. Would prefer it to be in one of the common areas but open to creative ideas. Should be able to accommodate computers and workspace
7.) Prefer to keep an eat in kitchen and separate dining room
C. Master Bedroom
a.) Key issue is location of door creates a lot of wasted space. We like the idea of relocating the door elsewhere.
b.) We want room to open up to the backyard in a much more appealing way
c.) Also wondering if opening up the ceiling in this room gives it more WOW factor.
d.) How do we make it feel like more than a box (e.g. built-ins)
D. Master bath
a.) Plans should allow for double vanity (happy to buy it from a place like Restoration Hardware)
b.) Remove the Jacuzzi tub and instead plan for a freestanding tub and shower (perhaps a wet room if it looks right)
c.) Feel free to rethink closet as we don’t like shape or interior design
E. Kids and Hallway Baths
a.) Pleases include in submission
a.) One of our favorite concepts is to open up the kitchen to the backyard with large sliding doors against the outer wall.
b.) We also like the thought of an 11ft-12ft island to replace the lost cabinet space. It would provide a center piece for such a large space, seating and replace the storage lost by removing cabinets. See our idea book for a perfect example of this.
c.) Give thought to pitching the roof and adding skylights in this room as well.
G. Atrium/Screened Porch
a.) Both of these rooms should be converted into livable, indoor square footage
b.) By removing the atrium we are looking for a more inviting entrance and flow to the home
c.) We want to clearly understand what your design suggest for the roof line.
d.) With regards to the screened porch, once it is enclosed as a part of the livable square footage, we can image a fireplace along the far wall
H. Hallway near Bedrooms
a.) This is a long dark corridor. How do we add interest here?
I. Family Room (Near Kitchen)
a.) Redo current fireplace
b.) Like idea of turning window into door with a patio outside
c.) Want to redo built-ins; prefer design that allows for hiding TV. Should be clean and provide for storage
d.) Is there room for a small bar?
a.) Don’t like the clapboard, brick mix. Prefer all brick (perhaps whitewashed) or stucco
b.) Feel free to change window style as well
c.) We included ideas of what we like here as well
K. Living Room
a.) Like to redo fireplace and window style here but okay with the brick as it adds texture
a.) Your submission should include a deck of the kitchen and screen rooms that provides for a seamless transition from inside to outside. We want it such that when entertaining, the inside and outside become one large gathering / entertaining area. Deck should also come off the bedroom as well.
a. Like hardwoods where appropriate would consider carpet in bedrooms, but also interested in other cost effective materials where it makes sense like in kitchen
a. Open to ideas here - paint, wallpaper, other textures
b. Like ideas of distressed beams on ceiling
N. Architects plans
We have a fantastic architect to help through the process. Included in the materials we have uploaded are three architectural drawings. One is an “As Is” drawing of our house. The other two are versions of the remodel. As a part of this submission you should feel free to modify his plans as you see fit to accommodate your vision.
O. Design Budget
The budget for the design – furniture, trim, fixtures, flooring, décor, and other design materials is $50K. Don’t worry about labor as it varies dramatically. Please include retailers, websites, product names and prices. We like quality but are have not need to chase brand names. Amongst the places we like are Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Home Depot, Smith and Hawken, Gilt, Wayfair, Overstock, Horchow, Moen, Grohe and similar places.
P. Success Criteria
The successful design will find that balance been design and a comfortable home that can practically accommodate three kids. It will update this space to current taste.
Q. About the Owners
We want a comfortable house that facilitates family interaction and the intimate hosting of guests. Each space within the house should be designed with that in mind. We want to house to be simple, uncluttered but not minimalistic and cold. We are looking for personality and warmth. It should be a place that is easy to relax in. We like eclectic but not schizophrenic. In it we should see harmony.