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LETTING IN THE LIGHT

REMOVING BARRIERS FROM AN OPEN FLOOR PLAN

Until we began this job, this condominium was not been at all since it was originally built in the late 1980’s. The kitchen had the original wood-stained cabinets and Formica countertops. An unnecessary soffit in this space blocked residual light from the living room. 1Livingroom and kitchen areas before remodel.1. Before

We completely remodeled the kitchen. High-gloss contemporary cabinetry was installed with quartz countertops. All new appliances and hardware were also installed. The refinished ceiling, which was now closer to the height of the rest of the rooms, makes the kitchen feel more connected to the rest of the house.

An existing chandelier in the dining room impeded the open floor plan's flow. We replaced it with a series of recessed lights that give plenty of light and remove harsh shadows over the dining table.

  • The living room with morning lightThe living room with morning light.
  • The living room with late day lightThe living room with late daylight.
  • The living room in the eveningThe living room in the evening.
  • The kitchenThe kitchen.
  • The kitchenThe kitchen.
  • The dining roomThe dining room.
  • The dining room from the living roomThe dining room from the living room.

The living room was an altogether different proposition. I have always enjoyed small, confined spaces, but this one really was tricky. The space only works with seating on either side of the fireplace, which was not centered, so any combination of seating was unbalanced. Fortunately we were able to re-center the fireplace (it was a stand-alone unit) and create a space with strong symmetry and a pleasant layout for furnishings.

The floors were re-planked in white oak and the walls, which were originally finished in a bumpy texture, were re-finished in a smoother, more sophisticated finish.