Home Remodel with Cottage Inspiration
Located in the Eastern Birmingham suburb of Homewood, our homeowners wanted the interior of their one level cozy cottage to flow and function better. We put our attention on the family living areas, family room, living/dining and kitchen. The existing floor plan (the result of an earlier remodel) was a challenge. The kitchen/laundry was too small for a modern family and the living and dining were not properly proportioned. A side entrance was out of place opening right into the living area.
We re-proportioned the kitchen, added a laundry room and created a mudroom area for the side entrance. The dining and family living areas were reversed and a more attractive, formal dining area was created accented with period built-ins. Beautiful hardwoods throughout tie the plan together.
Kitchen Remodel for a Cottage Style Home
This once drab kitchen needed much more than a facelift. While the basic layout was adequate, it was small, dated and closed off from the rest of the home. Relocating the laundry closet and opening the kitchen onto the family living area with a casual dining peninsula made all the difference.
We removed the existing pale green cabinets and laminate countertops to make way for a warmer color palette. The original opening into the kitchen from the living space was widened with a cased opening which drastically opens up the space.
Behind sliding doors to the right of the original kitchen cabinetry, once housed the laundry closet. We created a laundry room and eliminated the laundry closet. This freed up space for adequate pantry storage and a desk area.
The original pale green cabinets were replaced with antique white Shaker style cabinets which evoke the cottage style. Medium stained oak flooring and New Venetian granite give the cozy and warm feeling the homeowner wanted. The backsplash also adds to the warmth of the space with its simple tile and glass pattern.
This Cottage Remodel Meant Adding a Laundry
Since we removed the laundry closet from the kitchen it needed a new home. Right-sizing the dining and family living space allowed for a new 8 foot by 8 foot room for laundry. Thoughtful use of shelving and cabinetry makes for a pleasant and productive space. A laminate countertop in Butter Rum Formica was placed above the washer and dryer, perfect for folding freshly laundered clothes. The brick patterned flooring is a durable rolled vinyl that can withstand any wear and tear in the room.
The Dill Pickle green paint by Benjamin Moore transforms this utility room from dull and boring to fun and lighthearted. This is now a cheerful laundry room with its own designated place out of the kitchen.
Updated Mudroom for This Cottage Remodel
The mudroom area acts as an intersection between the side entry, laundry room, kitchen, and dining area. The space ties in well with the adjacent rooms with the use of the oak hardwoods. A well sized bench area makes a perfect place for the removal and putting on of shoes as well as creates extra storage for other items. A coat rack is placed near the side entry with a shelf that now showcases the youngest family member???s rendition of the Blue Dog.
Dining Room Built-ins Add Storage
The original floor plan lacked an entry area for receiving guests. To create a foyer and add visual interest we created a cased opening with two built-in shelving units. The design and the beadboard back panels help create the cottage feel.
Over all the interior of this home functions properly for a modern family while evoking the warm and cozy cottage air the homeowners specifically wanted. Proportion, small details and warm color choices in each space bring charm to this home. It appears that the finished product has always been there which is what we intended to achieve.
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