Basement Renovation
Family Room

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Before meeting with the architect to communicate my ideas for the home renovation, I spent time in each room, thinking about the purpose for that room, the quality of light in the space, and if the current room serves the intended purpose.

Photos are helpful if you don’t live in the house yet.  For our home, I identified some key elements that required changing, which were top of my wish list.  I organized my thoughts into a keynote presentation to review with three architects, as part of my decision process.

The key elements that I identified are as follows:

Closed Off Kitchen in Weston CT Colonial

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  1. Alec and I love to cook and entertain often. The original kitchen was sandwiched between the dining room and a family room addition, with little natural light.  #1 on our wish list was to open up the kitchen to the dining room to allow in light and provide an open floor plan for how we live and entertain.
  2. There is a small office off the living room, which has one small window, this space could be used for a larger powder room, or to open up to the family room addition.
  3. Moving from California where I created many outdoor spaces for my clients, I knew I would want more outdoor living space in our Weston, CT home. So the wish list contains adding French doors to the living room to walk out to a terrace to enjoy the outdoor space and incredible view of the forest.
  4. Change the pitch and run of the main staircase and the basement staircase to be safer and more ergonomic.
  5. Remove the entry hall closets and find a new spot for a coat closet on the main floor. This would accomplish my goal of making the entry feel like an inviting room, rather than a utility space to store coats. This would allow more space for the changed entry staircase as well.
  6. One of our must-haves when searching for a home in Fairfield County, CT was a basement. This space is perfect for the bar we intend to build and open up to a screened porch.
  7. The master suite needs a total reconfiguration to make a proper bathroom with a bathtub, window and two sink vanity. The master closet looks like a fun house with a series of doors, we intend to open it up, removing doors.
  8. Reconfigure the laundry room to include a sink and folding counter.
  9. Replace all the existing windows with new, energy-efficient windows.
  10. Replace the front door and side lights.

After writing down our needs the next step was finding an architect since we were making structural changes: Selecting Your Architect in Weston Connecticut

If you are also considering a renovation of your Weston home or need interior design help, please give me a call to discuss your project.