How would you open up this house?
We are happy with the footprint and size of this house, we just want to make the living areas more open. It is an old rambling ranch so no super high ceilings and the ceilings in the dining and living room are 9 ft., We want to open up the kitchen somewhat to both the dining room and library and are toying with making the library the formal dining room because of higher ceilings and a grat view BUT that leaves a lot of space at the back of the house without clear focus. I am confidant/competent with finishes and some kitchen design but furniture placement is not my strength. That makes it harder, I think, to be creative with the floor plan. There are so many awesome design minds on this forum, I was hoping to get some great ideas I would not be able to think of!
I know that how we live matters, but my I think some principals are universal and I would love your knee-jerk reactions!
The garden room is just a room with a skylight. I have faith that a solution can be found that does not require moving the powder room...The library has a large window and a view.