The owner of this craftsman-style home with many nice features, but a dated and poorly designed kitchen, contacted Michael Tauber Architecture with the notion of providing a great room to let the kids and adults spread out. Rather than going to the expense of adding to the existing footprint, MTA developed plans that would reorganize the kitchen. This included providing a social sitting area and opening up the existing living room to the kitchen to create the feeling of a great room with much less cost.
A small, 50-square-foot addition provided the room necessary to allow for double French doors extending the kitchen and opening out to the owner's lovely garden. Above the addition, a deck was created off of a new bedroom for one of the owners’ daughters. The deck allows the rear elevation to continue the stepping up from garden to house, connecting house and garden visually.
The new bedroom and a new shared bathroom for the couple's two daughters were created from an office and formerly enclosed porch. The new bathroom freed up the other bathroom on the floor to be remodeled and used as a master bath with access from the master bedroom, thoroughly updating and refining the previous bathroom.
The warm-yet-modern aesthetic was the result of architect and owner working closely and collaboratively. As with all clients, Michael Tauber Architecture presented different options for finishes, fixtures and cabinets, allowing the owner to be empowered in the process while ensuring receipt of a project they love now and will continue to love into the future.