I am interested in plans to redesign the exterior of a home I will be purchasing along with the first floor common areas. The furniture in the pictures is not mine so please do not feel constrained by the furniture. Also, if it is relevant, the home is in the midwest, so somewhat energy efficient is important because of the cold winter months and hot summers.
The exterior is constructed of cedar (vertically run and painted a creme color) and red brick. The windows are aluminum.
The front of the home faces north and the back of the home faces south. The west side half of the home is single story, has vaulted ceilings and (from front to back) contains the living room, dining room, kitchen, eating area and family room. The first floor of the east side of the home contains a bedroom and den (on the south wall of the home) as well as a bathroom (directly behind the garages that are located on the north side of the home). Above the third car garage (the garage furthest east) is a patio that is connected to the master bedroom.
Please see the attached pdf for the layout of this portion of the home as well the pictures for the exterior and first floor common areas.
To me, the exterior of the home has a confused contemporary/midcentury modern type style that can be greatly improved as well as embracing a more coherent design. I would like a redesign of the exterior that makes the design more attractive and visually interesting.
On the interior, I would like to improve the layout (in particular, the living room and dining room) and bring in more sun/outside into the home. Also I would like to make the interior more contemporary/modern.I would like to combine the living room and dining room into a single space, but add some type of defining element to the dining room area to make it distinct (currently contemplating some type of floating ceiling above the dining room that defines it out). I am not certain whether the glass blocks in the living room make sense and am contemplating replacing that for a more conventional window. I would also like to remove the slate in the entryway/hallway and replace most of that with wood flooring and put in a smaller tile/stone flooring in the entrance
For the family room/kitchen/eating area, I am looking for a more contemporary fireplace design (currently contemplating some type of tile, stone, wood or a mix of those) that replaces the cabinets for space for seats or built in seating. Also, I would like to make the entire south wall of the family room a combination of windows/sliding doors.
The designs I am most interested in are contemporary and midcentury modern; however, I have young children and am interested in making the interior warm, comfortable and child-safe (so avoiding sharp corners, lots of hard surfaces, etc).
I am looking for ideas/concepts that I plan to execute soon. Depending on the total budget of executing the project, I will complete the work in phases.
Here is a link to my pinterest account that has a number of images that will give a good idea what I am interested in and what design appeals to me. http://pinterest.com/economyte/for-house/
Exterior: I am interested in the most practical/cost effecient way in improving the exterior. For example, I do not want to replace the cedar if it is possible to use the existing cedar in the design (and re-staining instead). I have no desire to raise rooflines (but will be changing the roof at some point, so that is open game). For the brick portions, if that can be painted, great, but am open to putting some other type of surface over the brick for the design. Also willing to replace the garage doors and doing something interesting to the 3rd car garage bay on the eastern side (for example, converted it into a covered patio of some sort)
Interior: I would generally like to keep the walls white, but would like to add perhaps a colored/textured wallpaper for the non-ceiling height wall that will surround the living room and dining room. For the kitchen, I intend to keep the existing layout and cabinets but do plan on refinishing them (they are solid oak) and willing to put in new cabinets. For the fireplace, I would like it to act as a nice contrast to all the white (on the walls) and brown (in the floor and cabinets). I would generally like to keep the wooden floors and just refinish them. As I said above, I am open to replacing the windows and making them larger.
The home was originally designed by Keck & Keck (who were prominent midcentury modern architects and whose whose homes in Chicago sell at a premium).
However, sometime in the 90's the owners (i) made an addition on the first floor (adding a separate living room and dining room and turning the old living room/dining room into a family room), (ii) added a third car garage, and (iii) added a master bedroom suite above the original 2 car garage and a put a private patio for the master bedroom above the newly added 3rd car garage.
I think the addition and renovations over the last 30 years have caused the home to lose the the character of a Keck & Keck home
To the extent possible, I would like the designers to have the design consistent w/ those in other Keck & Keck homes.
Below are 3 links on homes designed by Keck & Keck.
Affordability of implementing the design will be important in the decision.
I am looking for an eye-level view of the exterior and interior with a text description of the materials/changes to be done.
- PLAN DRAWING: Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- ELEVATION VIEW(S): Scale 1/4"-1' (or 1/50)
- PERSPECTIVE/AXONOMETRIC VIEWS (where relevant)
MATERIALS FROM CLIENT:
For detailed plan, section, elevation drawings please visit: http://bit.ly/KCWYej
For pictures please click on the "Images" tab