RESIDENTIAL REMODEL+ADDITION FOR A GROWING FAMILY
Families grow and needs change. That’s the whole reason behind the remodel / addition for the Huntsgame Project.
The house was well suited for a family of three but after the arrival of baby number two, and more working days from home, it was time to explore adding-on.
The clients decided that it would be best if the existing kid’s bathroom (which is poorly designed in the first place) be used as a pass-through to the approximate 19’-0” addition. It is noted on the plan as Bedroom 2 Bath. Let’s take a look at the existing floor plan.
EXISTING FLOOR PLAN
CLIENTS’ WISH LIST
Multi-purpose room that could double as an office and gathering spot, with enough available wall space for wild game trophies
Kid Bedrooms (2)
Bathrooms (2 - 2 1/2)
Additional closet / storage
As with any remodel and addition, the goal should always be to make it look seamless; to improve what’s there, and marry the new portion to the existing, making it look like it was part of the original plan. This isn’t always an easy feat, especially with add-ons. It takes careful planning and consideration during the design process.
ADDITION CHALLENGES AND DESIGN SOLUTIONS
Here are five of the most common challenges when adding on to homes, along with some go-to design solutions:
Long hallways and corridors leading to the new spaces.
Design with destinations in mind. Instead of just pass-throughs, give the space purpose. Notice in the floor plan options below how the proposed hallways are interjected with built-in cabinets, benches and gallery walls, with picture lights. These architectural features give a reason to pause in the space, instead of just passing by. The bench for example encourages both rest and gathering. Imagine sitting there with a little child, reading a book, or combing their hair.
Extensive and uninteresting lines-of-sights created by long hallways
Vary the width of the hallway so there is interest created by the ins-and-outs of space. Notice in the floor plan options below how the built-in cabinets and lighting add dimension and lead the eye to a breakout spaces in an open, and welcoming way.
Dark, long hallways
Be sure to include windows in each room along the hallway. If that alone doesn’t provide enough natural light, consider adding a few tube lights throughout the hall, and /or transom windows above doors. Natural light does wonders with making spaces feel welcoming and inviting.
Draw people into the space by providing an enticing destination at the end of the hall like we did with the floor plan options below. Notice how we’ve created visual balance by centering furnishings and built-in cabinetrY, visually framed by the hallway.
Matching existing materials between the original and added-on space
No matter how skilled a builder is, it’s very difficult to add-on, in the same plane without it being detected as an addition. An easy way to handle this challenge is to off-set the new space, either forward or back putting it in a different plane than the existing building. This will make all the difference in marrying finish materials.
For the exterior elevation, if you plan to keep the siding the same as the existing, the different planes will naturally create shadow lines that will make it hard to see seams. The corner created with the off-set will give a place to transition the new and old finish materials.
FLOOR PLAN OPTIONS
Keeping all that in mind, take a look at the three different floor plan solutions shown below. Notice how each of the challenges listed above were avoided by implementing the given solutions.
OPTION A - FLOOR PLAN
OPTION A - FLOOR PLAN PERSPECTIVE
OPTION B - FLOOR PLAN
OPTION B - FLOOR PLAN PERSPECTIVE
OPTION C - FLOOR PLAN
OPTION C - FLOOR PLAN PERSPECTIVE
TIPS ON CHOOSING COLOR SCHEMES
Check back soon for tips on choosing color schemes that transition well from room to room. I’ll be sharing the concept boards from the Huntgame Project for the nursery, toddler’s bedroom, playroom, kids’ bathroom and multi-purpose room. I think you’re going to love it.
Looking for more ideas with how to handle added-on spaces, go here.