Column: Transforming a family home to a sophisticated residence


EXISTING HOME: Built in 1987, this east side Carmel home suffered from a choppy floor plan and outdated cosmetics. “After becoming empty nesters, we were ready for a change. We considered upgrading to a newer house, but decided to stay in our family home due to comfort, familiarity and our outdoor landscaping that took years to perfect. Our goals were to open up the main level without breaking the budget, create more storage in the kitchen and modernize the design for a grown up look.”

OPEN & AIRY: To create a more open look without the incremental costs of tearing down walls and installing support beams, the six main level doorways were widened to nearly double in size. Removing the bulkheads in the kitchen and powder room, adding recessed can lights and installing engineered hardwood throughout the main level also helped make the space feel more open and airy.

THE KITCHEN: The original U-shape layout made the space feel cramped and uninviting for guests. Removing the existing closet pantry and desk and replacing it with a wall of storage allowed for a new open cabinet layout with an island.

SOPHISTICATED DESIGN: “Over the years, the design of our home centered around our children. Now that they have moved on, we wanted to create a more grown up look.” To achieve the desired mature look, Giallo Fiorito granite and a stone backsplash tile was selected for the powder room and kitchen. New decorative light fixtures in a bronze finish were installed in the dining room, kitchen and foyer on dimmable switches. The dark family room built-ins were replaced with maple cabinets with an Ivory finish to match the kitchen island.

FINAL RESULT: “The remodel completely changed the way we live and entertain in our home. We love that we can comfortably entertain family and friends. The openness of the kitchen and family room now allows people to freely move around.”

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