While not perfect, the Burton family decided to purchase their 1947 home in historic Dilworth because of its desirable location and because they had vision and immediately saw the home’s renovation potential, a gift not all buyers possess. Rather than starting with an architect first, this family selected a team to work with and renovate the house into their dream home. Their team consisted of architect Don Duffy, Henderson Building Group (licensed general contractor), and interior designer Kristen Enwright to collaborate and address the homes short comings and bring their vision to life.
Problem: The original kitchen in this home was extremely small and compartmentalized from the rest of the home. The Burton’s desired a more open floor plan with more space for entertaining. The original home had three bedrooms and an addition was done to the home in the 1980’s to add a second floor that included three more bedrooms and a bathroom.
Solution: The Burton’s remodeling team came up with a brilliant plan to reconfigure the floor plan by converting two of three bedrooms on the main floor into a new open concept kitchen/living space and converted the former 10×15’ kitchen into a mud room and laundry space conveniently located next to the home’s exterior entrance. This new floor plan is much more functional and their general contractor was able to utilize their existing plumbing from the former kitchen to plumb the new laundry space.
Taking the team approach to renovate their home served the Burton’s well. It was a smart renovation because the team was able to collaborate during the design process and not after plans were already drawn, which resulted in less changes and re-design time in the end. The team was also able to save the homeowners money by utilizing existing fixtures when available. Renovations are intrusive and homeowners need to do their homework and choose their team members wisely. Reach out to friends and family who have gone through similar projects and be your own advocate to ensure that the transition goes smoothly.