We started with a typical post war home. Small, separate rooms with a small kitchen. You can see the Before Photos Here.
Since we were putting an entirely new second floor on the house, we knew that the engineered joist system that we installed would let us remove any walls that we wanted on the first floor. We were also installing a new wall-hung, gas furnace which allowed the chimney flue to be removed. That gave us lots of flexibility to design the new space.
|View from front door - Before|
The result? Well, we'll let you be the judge!
Because we removed so many walls and doorways, it's probably hard to believe this is the same space (hint - the wall on the right with the antique table is the only one that stayed). The first impression as you come through the front door is completely different now. Instead of a maze of walls and doorways, now you see all the living spaces in this bright, open home.
|View from front door - After, with all those walls removed|
|Living Room - Before|
|Living Room - After|
The 1960's brick fireplace has had a facelift with a new, yet traditional style, mantle. We added sconces and a new gas firelog set. Won't this be cozy during a cold Maine winter?
|First Floor - Before centre wall and hot air ducting from furnace was removed|
|First floor After - same camera angle, without the central wall|
|Living Room/Dining Room - Before|
This is probably the best vantage point to see how many walls were removed. The only wall that still remains is the one on the far left and part of the mirrored wall (which provides a closet as you come in the entry).
|Living Room/Dining Room - After|
|Back Hallway - Before|
The second floor is all new - click HERE to see how it came out.
So, next time you think that a dated floor plan has to be stuck in the past. Think again. With a little creativity, you can make it a wonderful, modern living space!
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Lighting -Restoration Hardware
Original Paintings - Cooper Dragonette
Antique Beams - Portland Architectural Salvage
Dining Table & Chairs - Pottery Barn
Wicker Wing Chairs - Pottery Barn
Leather Sofa - Horchow
Kitchen Cabinets - Martha Stewart Purestyle