This home is located in a highly desirable neighborhood, but did not offer the space that a growing family would require. Originally built in the 1940s and featuring solid construction, a complete home renovation made the most sense. The renovation includes an addition on the rear of the home, adds a complete second level with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as opens up the main level to create a highly desirable open concept featuring an office, mudroom and gourmet kitchen.
Designers continued the arches throughout the bottom floor. These arches help the spaces of this historic home's first floor feel more bright and open. The arches also allow for a clear view from one end of the space to the other. Here, we see the dining area, home office and state of the art kitchen that have been updated to have all the modern luxuries while maintaining the historic feeling of the home.
As seen on Beach Flip, contestants Sarah and Nick opened up the first floor by removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room at the Gulf Dreams condo. A striped feature wall adds color and pattern to the otherwise-neutral space.
The open floor design of this modern living room plays heavily with geometric shapes. Wenge wrapping the walls creates the geometric idea cubes while details like the X-based coffee table and large rectilinear windows unify the design within the details. A sliding wall gives way to a pass through to the kitchen, and softer textures like a silk area rug, leather bench and linen sofas soften the space to highlight the peaceful living environment.
This living room, which opens to the kitchen, features a mix of different shades of blue. Light blue is used on the wall to create a soft palette, while pops of bolder blues are used in the patterns in the rug, pillows, and furniture to create contrast.
The homeowners love to entertain, so designers wanted to create a space that was functional for them. To do this, they made sure to keep the space feeling light and open by raising the arched doorway that separates the kitchen and living room space and removing the door that previously connected the rooms, creating a clear line of from the kitchen into the living room. They added a peninsula that provides seating, keeping the space functional, but they also included a small area to the left of the breakfast bar that acts as a sort of pass through, making food service between the rooms easy.
A center island is number one on many kitchen renovators’ wishlists, but a large, built-in island doesn’t always fit the budget or the space. No matter, freestanding islands perform the same functions, adding counter prep space and storage, but usually require less floor space and cash — as designer Liz Miller found in her own home. “The freestanding island was a must in a small kitchen with two little kids. When we need more space, to say, have an impromptu dance party, or when we have friends over, we just push the island against the side wall to open up the room,” she says.
To help make this space feel warm and open, designers made sure that natural light flows into the space from every direction. At the rear of the space, light enters through kitchen windows and a large double window in the dining room. From the front of the space, light flows in from the living room and foyer. The dining room even has a skylight to bring in rays of sunshine from every possible angle.
Jen was determined to find a vintage stove to complete the kitchen's farmhouse concept. Luckily, family friends were opening an antiques store and had just what Jen needed.
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On the back wall of this contemporary kitchen, frosted glass and steel cabinets offer visual relief from the texture of the bamboo. A nook for the microwave and a storage display for wine offer more countertop space for food prep. There's also a tambour door in the back corner, effectively hiding several small appliances which used to permanently reside out in the open on the countertop.
The open floor plan of this kitchen leaves space for a large, multi-functional island. The ashy tone of the woodgrain finish blends beautifully with the surrounding hardwood and cabinetry. A marble countertop fits the crisp, midcentury modern style of the room. Large circular pendant chandeliers help fill the high ceilings and add intrigue to the finished look.
Two long runs of counter space give plenty of room in this cottage kitchen. Blue-painted antique corbels hold open shelving and support the peninsula overhang, bringing vintage-inspired whimsy to the space. Designer Sarah Richardson, host of HGTV's "Sarah's Summer House," chose three different cabinet colors to create a dynamic color palette. She used natural materials and a lighthearted color for the backsplash, and the seeded glass cabinet doors bring an extra touch of softness.
Ocean-hued chairs create a colorful focal point in this otherwise neutral breakfast room. The traditional home features a wide-open great room with a kitchen that flows into the dining room, entry and sunroom and deck beyond. A round table and rug allow for easy access and traffic flow through the space. Shell and bamboo accents tie the space to its coastal setting.
An Italian-inspired backsplash glows within the arch-shaped opening of an ornate wood surround in this traditional kitchen. Perfect for the chef in the family, a large island with a stone countertop provides extra space for food preparation or extra seating beneath three striking pendant lights.
Opening on to the living room, the colors of both rooms blend beautifully as they rely on black, white and gray to support the decorating scheme. A wall mural of a vintage surfing scene can be seen from the kitchen.
Open to the kitchen, this newly remodeled family room, designed by Debbie Talianki, features upholstered armchairs in shades of cream with patterned pillows that blend with the nautical beach theme. A custom cocktail table and side table were designed for this home and a commissioned painting in pastel colors was hung next to the French doors. A custom Roman shade with remote control, area rug and white entertainment unit with cabinetry and bookshelves complete the room.
This 12-by-17-foot apartment does not leave much space for creating a separate bedroom, kitchen and living room, but the neutral color scheme and warm accessories provide an open feel with the intimacy of a small space. "My biggest challenge was creating a space that did not feel like a bedroom. I placed the bed next to the kitchen to allow maximum light and views out the windows," HGTV fan moderngeek73 says. Tip: Keep furniture and decor to a minimum if your space is extra small. Use small light fixtures and furnishings.
Beyond offering a place to mix drinks, a wet bar can play an important design role in a home with an open layout, linking the kitchen workspace with the entertaining areas of the house. Here, designer Amy Darooge used rustic materials to create a coherent style throughout. She chose distressed wood cabinetry, a copper sink and faucet, and “the material on the counter is walnut with a live ledge,” she says.