First Floor Remodel
This Baltimore City home built in 1935 has much charm and character but needed an update, especially in the kitchen. Our homeowner’s busy family needed more space in the kitchen and desired a mudroom for more storage of coats, shoes, and sundry items. The mudroom also helps keep the rest of the house clean from inclement weather foot traffic. The design plans for this entire first floor remodel included switching the dining and living room as well as the mudroom bump out for extra squared footage to the rear of the home.
This kitchen had been remodeled since 1935 but still needed to transition into one that our homeowner’s desired. They wanted a large dining island and a Butler’s pantry/beverage center. We were able to provide their dream kitchen and still stay within the footprint of the home by expanding the kitchen into the existing dining room. The decision was made to transform the now smaller dining space into a formal living room separated by sliding French doors for entertaining.
Making room for the large seated island minimized a much-needed dining room. Our design team went to work and created plans to recreate the formal living room space into a formal dining room. Since the family mostly gathered in the large sunken family room the large formal living room was seldom used. This created a large dining room and enabled the family to show off their collectibles with the beautiful custom curio built-ins original to the home.
Additionally, we were able to provide a charming Butler’s Pantry/beverage center adjacent to the remodeled kitchen. Previously this space incorporated a large table with bench seats for family dining. A knee-wall separated the space from the kitchen prep area and was awkward and cramped but offered an architecturally interesting arched window surrounded by stone. When first built this was a doorway to the side yard and was remodeled at some point prior to our homeowner’s purchase into a cramped dining area. We were able to utilize this beautiful window element in creating a Butler’s Pantry with White Caesarstone countertops and glass front cabinets in a slate color. The cabinets echo the same color of the kitchen island with a locking mechanism to keep the hard liquor out of reach.
Mudroom Bump Out
The only change to the exterior of the home was an 11.5′ x 11.5′ mudroom bump-out into the back yard. It was important when adding the mudroom that we keep the natural stone exterior of the home intact. Our design team chose to incorporate a rustic-look hexagon ceramic tile floor in Grafite for its resilience and to coordinate with the beautiful stone walls. The addition offered a great deal of cabinet space and provided a desk area for managing the house accounts. Original French doors were kept for reuse and separate the formal dining room from the newly added mudroom.
Do you have a stately older home? This first floor remodel and bump out enhanced the charm of this Baltimore home and provided our homeowner’s much-needed changes. Remodeling homes in older Baltimore neighborhoods are one of our specialties. We can provide the home update you need while keeping the charm of your older home.
Before Photos Bump Out & Remodel
After Photos Bump Out & Remodel