The difference between an ok addition and a gorgeous addition is how seamlessly the new addition connects with the style of the original home. Your home’s style is the first priority, and then another option to consider is striking a balance between the flow and the function. We have outlined both below, but consider your style and purpose when considering your remodeling plans.
Style. It’s important to understand your feelings about your home. Do you love its classic, quirky touches? Do its modern conveniences thrill you? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s a good chance you’ll be considering a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project that will fit nicely with your home’s style. If your dream kitchen feels very different from the rest of your home, it doesn’t have to prevent you from realizing your dream. Just do it carefully. Embrace your style, but do it conscientiously. Here are a few tips on how to do that.
Flow. Many older homes are a collection of small, separated rooms, which can be a challenge for families today. Open floor plans have a lot to offer. The good news is that older homes can incorporate open floor plans without destroying the style of the home. Adding pass-throughs between kitchens and dining rooms adds visual connection yet keeps the rooms distinct. Widening doors into broad archways connects living spaces yet preserves the four walls of each room. Here are some ideas for opening the floor plan of an older home.
Purpose. Consider these options:
- Function: If you are seeking a practical home remodeling solution for storage and work space, a new entry, mudroom or laundry addition could be the answer. Having an efficient, well-organized space can be revolutionary for you and your family. Keep messes contained, quickly find shoes, coats and other supplies when you need them, and have a usable space for getting things done.
- Growth: A larger, more spacious upstairs addition is a great option for the growing family. In our latest featured project – the Fritz family’s 2nd story addition, the goal was to add on to the home “seamlessly”, while creating usable space. This was achieved, while still blending into the area by maintaining the architectural influence of the home. This is an important facet for many – to preserve the integrity of their neighborhood – which is meaningful work for us also.
- Communal: Another popular addition option for many families is a kitchen expansion. Cooking areas are continually a gathering space for friends and family, increasing the need for both work and socializing space. Commonly requested attributes include French doors or tall windows for additional natural light, a large bar or island for food prep and seating, and functional, spacious custom built-in storage.
It’s possible to combine multiple styles in a home without having them clash. With some careful planning, you can have the dream addition and preserve the best of your home. Ask our design team how we can help you blend your tastes with your home’s history.