what room goes where--help me fill in walls!
I've been here before. I've gotten ideas. I chickened out. Couldn't decide what to do. But it gets to the point when things start to fall apart and you just have to remodel.
So, the back story: the house is a 50s ranch. Originally it had a kitchen with a eat-in nook, a family/dining room (back in the day when a table in the corner was formal dining), and a living room. The latter rooms have fire places. What they no longer have is walls. The POs opened it up and it's a mess.
The living room is skinny, partly due to a fireplace that was savaged in the remodel. I want to remove this thing to make the living room more functional. I want to perhaps add back some of the missing wall between kitchen and living room as well as between family and living room. I currently don't have much wall space.
It would be nice to get things so that the living/dining/family rooms work. The kitchen/nook area is a good size but a little more privacy between the kitchen and living room is desired.
This is a rough scale sketch with measurements in inches. Of course you have to pretend there are walls when applying the measurements. Green bits are windows. Orange doors. Yeah I should invest in some software. :)
I did the sketch with kitchen counter removed. The counter actually spills into the living room and sort of separates the LR from FR. It can't stay there. A pony wall might work but I do need a wall to help me park some furniture.
This is standing on the hearth of the fireplace in FM looking at the kitchen and the doomed fireplace. See, this is weird.
Breakfast nook looking toward LR:
Anyway, what would you do with this space? I can probably do something with windows (although I love the funky corner windows in the FR). The sliding glass door to the backyard creates traffic problems in the family room because the room is narrow when you take the fireplace into account. The window in the LR is low, about 144" wide. It could possibly be done as a sliding glass door. I probably should replace the window anyway as the openings crank out and would be dangerous to people on the patio if they were clean.
Keeping the dining table in the corner of the FR is awkward but not bad. It seems weird but is consistent with BH&G decor of the period. :/
I'd like to keep the foyer as is but won't sacrifice a good plan for it. And yeah, I actually did pay a lot to an architect for some plans and now know that I need to have a darn good idea of what before hand. I should have known that already...
The overall feel of the place is fairly casual, but nicely done (or at least at one time it was).
Any suggestions are most appreciated! I don't even know if the kitchen should stay in the kitchen hole (the size is okay with me). Thanks!