These homeowners came to us with a design for a home addition for their historic home. Upon reviewing the plans with them we realized it was incongruent with their needs and wants. This blended family hoped to accomplish a larger kitchen/eat-in area, a new master suite and additional bedrooms. It was important to improve the aesthetics they wanted as well as the function, while keeping with the period of the home to ensure this did not feel like an addition but part of the original home.
In re-designing the addition, we enlarged their small, outdated galley kitchen into an open space with an eat-in kitchen, a mudroom area from the new garage and a drop zone for keys and cell phones. We removed a window in the dining room and replaced with glass French doors as well as enlarging the walkway from the dining room to the kitchen, which allows for improved flow of traffic between the spaces. We re-purposed their existing cabinetry, to create an island with seating as well as a drop zone near the back door. New large windows surround the room which had been dark and now has a great panoramic view of their gorgeous backyard to watch the kids play. We searched long and hard and found pendant lights with an old-world aesthetic that coordinate perfectly with their vintage lights in the hallway and dining room. New granite countertops, tile backsplash and plumbing features make the space feel fresh and modern while significantly improving the function.
The result not only increased the function of this home but kept true to the period it. The enlarged eat-in kitchen allow this family of five to eat together in a comfortable space with easy accessibility from the new garage entrance and mudroom, as well as from the dining room. It’s difficult to tell the old from the new on this home, and the homeowners love their new-old home.
- Historic home addition
- Polished granite counters
- Antique kitchen pendants
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Credits: Photography by Sara C Imagery