The project consists in remodeling 2 areas of our new home. The house was extended a few years back by adding a family room in the former garage and a master bedroom on top of the former garage. However the rest of the house remained as-is and is not balanced enough in our opinion and we want to remodel it.
1) The first area consists of a kitchen, a formal dining room, a former formal living room and a breakfast area. We would like to open up the spaces into a much larger area partially or completely opened up able to seat and entertain larger crowd with modern kitchen appliances and amenities.
2) The second area consists of 3 bedrooms plus an office (former master bedroom), 2 bathrooms and a walk-in closet which we would like to remodel into 2 large bedrooms with plenty of closet storage (walk-in closet preferred), 1 foyer/library/guestroom, and 3 bathrooms (the third one can have just a sink and a shower but a toilet would be great – an en-suite bathroom for one of the bedrooms would also be a plus.)
1) We plan to execute the design this summer. We would use the plans and lists. We would hire contractors for all the electrical, plumbing, drywalls, etc… but we are open to contribute some sweat equity of our own (assembling the kitchen cabinets?)
2) The designer doesn’t have to be onsite during the project although, having the ability to ask follow-up questions (and share pictures of the completed work) would be great.
3) Make use of the full kitchen/living-room/dining-room area by opening it up to accommodate friends and family lunch/dinner parties. We like the current style of the home, lots of hardwoods, simple yet elegant, bright.
4) Our budget is limited (of course) so we would stay away from major undertakings (modifying exterior walls & windows) but we are definitely open to breaking some of the interior walls.
5) Leverage the access to the backyard patio with the swimming pool.
6) Modernize the kitchen,
1. Kitchen Design consideration:
1.1. Not really fond of granite counter tops (would rather have something similar to silestone)
1.2. White cabinets (wood not plastic), preferably little or no window-cabinets
1.3. Large single deep basin under mount sink
1.4. Prefer self-closing drawers and drawers on the bottom cabinets for pots and pans as opposed to doors.
1.5. Don’t like separate breakfast area, would rather have a single long table (farm-style)
1.6. Like subway-tile backsplash.
gas stove with large oven, 1 additional electric oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, all stainless steel appliances but not crazy prices, microwave, white cabinets, dark countertops,
1.8. stove & sink against a wall (not part of an island)
self-closing drawers would be nice. 6 burner gas range, warming drawer, large fridge, beverage storage appliance (bottles of wine)
1.10. Some of the walls are likely to be load-bearing walls – need appropriate solutions
2. Bedrooms Design consideration:
2.1. Required - at least 1 closet per bedroom
2.2. Prefer 1 large closet vs 2 small ones
2.3. Required two larger bedrooms
2.4. Required a multi-purpose space, which can be used as a guest room, a place for the kids to put their toys for now, potentially a library.
2.5. Required a 3rd bathroom with at least 1 shower and 1 sink (2 sinks preferred)
2.6. Some of the walls are likely to be load-bearing walls – need appropriate solutions
1. Affordability (target for the kitchen/dining/living area should be around $40,000)
2. Ability to rate the time required to execute the steps.
3. Ability to split the project into 2 phases (kitchen would be first, then the bedrooms)
4. Ability to rate the difficulty of each steps (to allow us to see what can be done by us as opposed to a contractor)
1. Need floor plans (can use a modified copy of the provided visio diagrams)
2. Need 3D design from IKEA for the kitchen part (or equivalent)
3. Need the complete list of all the components (cabinets etc…) with prices, available in NJ.
4. Need the main steps to achieve the project.
5. [optional] appliances suggestions
6. [optional] furniture suggestions
The house is built on a concrete slab (no basements)
We are a family of 2 parents, 2 kids (10 & 11), 3 cats
We plan to stay in this house for at least 10 years. Then sell it back
I shaded in red the target areas to redesign in the visio document with a few pictures of the current state.
I marked in red the walls that can/might/should be taken down or opened in the kitchen/living area on the first floor.