When these clients first set eyes on their property their focus was on the land… not so much the house. The acreage, surrounded by rolling hills, has a beautiful view to the west and a small pond to the north. The outbuildings and the fenced areas are a perfect fit for this family with their soft-spot for rescue animals — from goats and sheep to dogs and cats and most recently, horses. Immediately after purchasing, they added a rustic screened-in porch. Enjoying the outdoors has not been the problem. But the inside of the home didn’t fit their style. In search for ideas on how to blend their beautiful, country outdoors with the uninspiring and challenging layout of the interior, they contacted our team to help them find a solution.
Opening Up the Inside to Match the Outside!
At first glance most would say this house had an open floor plan, but what good is an open floor plan if the flow is off? The three-panel French-style patio doors leading to the deck were no longer operating smoothly and the grills blocked the open view. The kitchen floor tile broke up the space oddly and made placing furniture tricky. The old carpet wasn’t wearing well with their pack of beloved dogs constantly running in and out. They wanted the space to have an overall better flow, accommodate their animals and bring in the natural elements they so enjoy. Along with reusing the existing cabinets, at the top of the ‘musts’ was pet friendly tile floors and dealing with the cavernous vaulted ceiling.
Reconfiguring the Kitchen and Dining Room
First things first. We removed the wall isolating the dining room from the kitchen. We moved the refrigerator to the south wall and added matching end panels to frame it in. The tall pantry cabinet fit nicely to the left of the stove and created a visual break between the now open kitchen and dining space. Incorporating faux beams made from white-washed barn wood gave it more of the natural feel we were aiming for.
Making the Space Seamless
We removed the old, outdated staircase spindles and railing that would no longer match the rustic interior. The new custom staircase offers clues to the homeowner’s love of their gorgeous surrounding farm landscape. We used some of the same pastoral elements we used in the kitchen throughout the rest of the space.
Although acquiring and sifting through stacks of barn wood to find the right piece for the right place can be time consuming, incorporating old materials is a great way to bring character to a space. Rearranging existing cabinets can also be a trick, but new cabinets were not in the budget and reusing was a priority. So, with a little creativity and a couple fresh end panels we were able to blend the old with the not-so-old for a seamless new look. We’re looking forward to showing off the final rural reno soon. Now, where is that floor tile?!
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