Kitchen: The 2700 sq ft (250.84 sq meters) home was built in 1988. The kitchen has NEVER been updated. My husband loves the Victorian style while I prefer a more modern and clean style. We have a five-year old son and will most likely expand our family in the near future. Still, we want to make sure that we can accommodate family members for large gatherings. We would like to see an updated traditional/transitional style kitchen. We are in love with crown molding. The kitchen should have additional seating (perhaps bank seating under bay window and an island that would include bar stools). Our goal is to have a space that could allow 2 people to work in the kitchen together. We would like a semi-open design concept. That is, if we want to close the kitchen we want to be able to do so with Roman shades, curtains, etc… We entertain often, so the space should respect this. We also believe that to expand the kitchen, we may need to tear down a wall or structure--particularly the solarium that the first homeowner built. Tearing down the wall in between the kitchen and dining room is also an option to expand the space.
Dining Room: We love to entertain and frequently use the dining room. The table should seat at least six persons and up to ten without the space seeming too small. We hate the current built-ins and would love to see them replaced with a more modern style setting to display art, flowers, etc… with lighting to highlight the piece. We would also like to see a beautiful/quirky chandelier that speaks to our taste. We would also prefer to see curtains at the bay window and not blinds.
Living Room (formal, but luxuriously lived in): My husband and I have traveled the world and have gathered artwork from mostly Africa. We love color. We also love muted tones with bold color accents. We have several books and would love to have some built-in bookshelves. We want hardwood floors (can be eco-friendly like bamboo). The small foyer at the front door leads to living room and should also be designed as the first snapshot into our home. We have a separate family room where the family TV is located. So the living room can be somewhat formal. Still, it will be used and should have furniture that is
- Floors need to be replaced (preferably hardwood, cork, laminate, or tile for kitchen).
- Plenty of storage for cooking materials
- Space to store cookbooks
- Space for a wine refrigerator (if you see the plans for the house, there is a small bar in the corner of the living room; this could be moved elsewhere). We don’t think that the current location of the bar between the living room and the family room is in an optimal location. We would prefer to have “drink station” to hold wine glasses and simple bar items. (The pool house is going to be converted into a gentlemen’s lounge/guest house and will have a full bar).
- Functional Island in kitchen with seating
- Seating in the eat-in area (perhaps bank seating under bay window in kitchen) and table or bench for eating in kitchen.
- We love crown molding and have no problem seeing it in the kitchen, living room, and dining room.
- We would like to see hardwood floors (could be eco-friendly, if also cost efficient). We want to keep the fireplace.
- We are not a fan of the built-in shelving in the house—they are not flattering (should be more modern). However, we still need storage space in the dining room for dishes and living room for books.
- Be creative with lighting
- Feel free to reconfigure rooms for better space allocation (i.e. change dining room location, remove a wall, make the solarium a walk-in pantry or the new location of an island or kitchen bar)
Selection criteria: The winning submission will have the best plan for space allocation and storage. Submissions should include intense color (in paint, fabrics, and/or other accessories).
Total Budget for the project is minimum $45K USD for the three rooms.