I am remodeling an all brick 1957 ranch. I will be the contractor as I have built 2 of my own houses new and helped on many others. I will/have be removed a stairwell that separates the kitchen and living room to open into one room. The stairway has already been moved, and I am proceeding toward beaming the bearing wall that separates the two room. Will get all new appliance and counter tops. Because of budget constrains I am not opposed to laminate counters but would like to blend in granite/stone island top. Open to other cost effective but stylish counters other than laminate.
Living room after the walling in of moved stairway next to bedroom will be 19.6 x 14. When beamed and stairway removed kitchen area will be 18 x 10. Dinning/breakfast area will be 10 x 9. (will change out current window in dinning room for a glass door). Kitchen/ dinning area dimensions can be combined into one (small partition wall can/will be removed).
There is a skylight in the kitchen. Current condition of house is extremely good for a house of 55 years old.
Would like to achieve a blend between kitchen and living room as one space. Would like to incorporate a gas fireplace in living area. Budget constraint of $20000. However as stated before, will do almost all work myself. Can/will buy used but newer appliances off of craiglist to save money. I am in need of a plan to copy. Have ability to build what I see, but am not creative.
Update with a transitional look.
This is not a fancy, ornate house, so I would like to do a renovation that maintains the simplicity of the rest of the house while bringing the kitchen, especially, to a more modern look. However, I am not looking to do what might be current leading-edge updates as these could already be outdated within ten years. Rather, I would like to do updates that have a more timeless look to them.
I expect to receive plans that will give me all necessary information to execute the design. I expect these plans to include, but not be limited to, descriptions and locations for:
- Cabinetry/counter tops
- Flooring - suggested type(s)
Would like to maintain current plumbing location, as a cost factor, but would be open to change if plan seems significantly superior.
Wish to use hardwood flooring in living area, as bedrooms already have older hardwood. Will keep all windows except in the dinning room, where it will be replaced by a glass door. Beyond that, cost is the main consideration, but I have plenty of time to track down used but good material. This is a retirement remodel for me (age 62). It is now my hobby, but intend to live here when done.
Update with a transitional look.
This is not a fancy, ornate house, so we would like to do a renovation that maintains the simplicity of the rest of the house while bringing the kitchen, especially, to a more modern look. However, we are not looking to do what might be current leading-edge updates as these could already be outdated within ten years. Rather, we would like to do updates that have a more timeless look to them.
Affordability of design is most important aspect.
1. Open flow from kitchen to dining and living areas.
2. Space created from three-season porch should be light and maintain views to exterior.
3 Creative design that maximizes use of available space.
4. Ability for me as a experienced, but not professional builder, to execute most of plan.