Taking a simple 70’s ranch home through a major time-warp to arrive in 2018 is a popular remodel project these days – and priority one for this family’s farmhouse-style remodel. But opening the rooms to each other was a tricky challenge due to the budget-driven need to keep the large, central brick fireplace. “The home originally had three separate zones, with no connection between the kitchen and living room, and little connection to the family area in the back” explained Designer / Remodeler Kathie Maughan Francis. “Our clients love to have small groups over, but the previous layout had the hosts stuck in a cramped and closed-off galley kitchen. The new plan needed to allow friends and family to hang out together, as well as to showcase our homeowners’ wonderful sense of style.”
The new layout is ideal for entertaining or just relaxing near each other at home.
The Maughan Design team spent three months collaborating with our creative homeowners, discussing everything on their wish lists and creating a plan that checked off all the boxes. The final results involved raising the living room floor, removing a major wall, remodeling the main floor bathroom, and relocating the kitchen altogether to the back of the house. Updating the fireplace with a new insert and rustic mantle transformed the brick wall from a frustration to a beautiful feature wall. Working with black and white pattern, faux rustic-wood flooring and updated windows and millwork throughout, the results are an inviting, seamless flow, with a wonderful Farmhouse Charm in every room.