Aging brings with it not only a growing distaste for stairs that cannot be avoided but also a growing family as we acquire more grandchildren. Our typical 1960s split entry home needs to provide us with room for family gatherings and spare us from constant reliance on stairs. Here are our requirements and priorities:
• Functional kitchen with pantry and storage for cooking utensils and appliances. Stove will be a reconditioned vintage gas stove, so 45” of space needs to be allocated for it. The kitchen is already plumbed for gas.
• Upstairs laundry.
• Elevator between the levels. There is ground-level access from the garage.
• Dining room capable of seating 24 but which is usually set for 10.
• Larger living room. Keep in mind that a chimney for the downstairs wood fireplace passes through the area.
• An office or study area could be included if space allows or if the chimney chops up the space too much.
• The available additional space would come from a build out over the existing 24’ x 24’ garage that is adjacent to the living and dining room spaces.
• The house has and will retain hot water baseboard heating and the flooring will be a continuation of the existing oak flooring except for the kitchen where ceramic or stone tile will be used.
• The deck running from the dining room door to the far side of the kitchen will need to be replaced.
I like Federal and Georgian architecture and mouldings, wainscoting, brick and stone. I do not like “open concept” to the point that I can see the dirty dishes while I am eating Christmas dinner. While there does need to be an easy flow between the rooms they need to be distinct and separate spaces. The house is situated on 1.5 acres and the portion of the house being altered is bordered by trees, the playground and a small “meadow” running down to a creek. The view is really nice.