A home's true potential is revealed by stripping away prior renovations.
It's not unusual for the problems people have with their homes to originate from prior renovations. Sometimes it's clear that prior renovations were ill-conceived. Other times it seems that prior renovations may have made sense at the time but that they have collectively culminated in a confusing floor plan and cumbersome traffic flow. In either case, we may have to strip away some or all of the prior work to create a functional layout.
At this home, prior renovations had resulted in a cramped kitchen and an oversized three-quarter bath, while leaving the laundry in the basement down a narrow flight of stairs. The original small dining room had been turned into a small family room, and the dining room had been relocated to large, open space between the kitchen and the garage. But the dining room could only be reached by a circuitous path, and it was finished with dark surfaces that made it feel gloomy and dim.
Yet our clients, new homeowners, knew that this house had potential and were prepared to make major changes—and undo former reconfigurations—in order to realize it.