Right away we start sizing up the space, thinking through options, layout changes, wall moving, and window and door changes. There are a lot of challenges and a lot on their wish list. Can we get it all done within their budget? That’s always the struggle! What is a must-have vs a nice-to-have? What design changes will make the biggest lifestyle impact? What floor plan modifications should we consider in order to take this dated and cut up tract home into the open concept family-friendly showplace it can be? How can we incorporate traditional Spanish design without feeling too heavy and dated?
Priority #1 is obvious. Address that kitchen!
The layout is going to be the key in this space. Whenever possible, I love combining the kitchen and breakfast nook into one large, open and continuous space. This approach has many benefits. First, I can usually double the size of the kitchen without having to undertake a long and costly addition renovation.
Let’s use the space we have and maximize it!
Priority #2 is living space integration.
We have to figure out a way to get the dining room more involved with the rest of the kitchen and living spaces. As is, it’s a wasted space with valuable square footage that isn’t being used and is just collecting dust.
Priority #3 is getting these four kids a space of their own.
Mom and dad have been generous with the family room and adult space, sharing it with the kids and their friends. It’s time the kids have a space that is just for them, which will also be a nice win for mom and dad.
Priority #4 can not be undersold—it’s the view!
With panoramic ocean views and west-facing walls, this home should capture views, natural light, and ventilation. Instead, we have small windows and an even smaller door to the backyard paradise that awaits.