Who doesn't love a before and after project! This project really brought this house to life. From a tiny kitchen and a dysfunctional entry to an open concept entertainer's dream! On this project I worked with one of my favorite kitchen designers, Jen with Indisco and our wonderful contractor Jake with Rock Hill Green Homes.Upon purchasing this home, the homeowners needed a total kitchen renovation to functionally use this home as a family. We ended up taking out the walls and extending into the entry and living space to make it feel like a much larger kitchen. Although the footprint of the kitchen isn't much bigger than the original, the functionality is significantly better with longer counter space and more lower cabinets.Before: After:The entry into the home felt cramped with odd shelf lights that lit the ceiling and mirrored doors that did not help the space feel larger. Although the French doors allowed light into the hallway space, having doors that opened into every room was a functional problem that made the entry feel unwelcoming and magnified the tiny size of the kitchen.Before:After:We removed a support wall at the end of the kitchen and integrated two new ceiling beams to open the flow from the front entry and maximize the space in the kitchen. To support our load the beams still need to be large which works to create a dining area without using actual walls to define it.Before:After:New flooring and adding one more window next to the door opened the whole home up to the lake while also giving the kitchen a great view.And a few more After!
As we mentioned previously, we partnered with Western Maine Community Action to bring some high efficiency home building to the community. It's a great program, combined with the students at Foster Tech, that is making this happen. Weather in the winter is always unpredictable, but things are coming together slowly and surely. Not only is a great family getting a great home, the Foster Tech students are learning hands on building and energy skills that are invaluable for the future of building and the community we live in!Stay tuned for more updates!