Column: Rearranging a floorplan for better flow

EXISTING HOME: After fulfilling a dream of purchasing a river side home in the heart of downtown Noblesville, the homeowners set out to update their 1940’s home to accommodate their love of family, cooking and reading. “The house wasn’t set up for the way we live our daily lives. It lacked storage space for our book collection. The kitchen was so cramped that we couldn’t cook together as a couple and the dining room didn’t flow well for hosting our large family.”

NEW FLOOR PLAN: The kitchen was gutted and a wall removed to create one large open space. The adjacent living room was transformed into the new dining room. To improve the natural flow the existing doorway leading into the family room was enclosed and two new doorways were added on each end of the wall. The improved floorplan functions better and allows space to add built-in bookcases in the family room and the new dining room.

KITCHEN DETAILS: Maple cabinetry in an “Arctic” finish fills the enlarged kitchen with abundant storage space. The multi-purpose island includes integrated shelving for cookbooks and seating space for three teenagers. The decorative exhaust hood cabinetry adds dimension while the wall chase and niche covered in “Redmond” accent tile draws the eye to the cooking zone. To add natural light, two clear glass backsplash windows were added on each side of the kitchen sink.

READING NOOK: “We wanted to preserve the historical charm in the house so we decided to keep the breakfast nook and convert it into a quiet area for morning coffee and reading.” The existing wallpaper was removed and the room was painted yellow to brighten the space. The existing corner hutches were painted white with bold accent colors.

FINAL RESULT: “We love the new layout of the house. It really functions well for our family. We love the kitchen the most because we can easily prep meals while also spending time with our kids.”