David Locicero | architect
Completed in 2016
860 square feet remodel of an 1800 square foot house
The Problem: The basement (ground) level of this 1930 Craftsman style house had been converted into an illegal rental unit. The new owners wanted to reclaim the space as a family room. In addition, the kitchen, though large, was far from modern, never having been updated. In fact, the range was located in the laundry room. The upstairs bathroom was “vintage”, but not in a good way.
The Client: A young professional couple with an adorable and active young son. They enjoy family time together and cooking and entertaining are essential parts of their lives.
The Solution: A new stair had to be inserted into the house to reconnect the basement level to the main level of the house. The basement had to be gutted down to the studs for new insulation and wiring. The basement level bathroom was modernized. The illegal kitchen was converted to an elegant wet bar. The laundry, which was displaced by the new stair, was relocated to a closet off the family room. The wall between the dining room and kitchen was removed, and an entirely new kitchen was installed. The upstairs bathroom was expanded into a space previously a closet. This gave us space to rearrange the fixtures to get a double vanity in the room.
The Results: The house retains its Craftsman / 1930’s era details and charm, and has entered the 21st century with an elegant, gourmet kitchen, which flows naturally into the dining and living rooms. The new open flow from room to room is more in keeping with the needs of an active, young, modern family. The family room is large and capacious, with a large glass door that opens out onto the garden. The Family room wet bar provides staging space for food and drinks making entertaining easier. I haven’t had a chance to get good pictures of this project yet. Those will be forth coming.by