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Best Remodel 2014: Inside a Model Remodel

comments (0) April 22nd, 2014 in Blogs
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A small addition and a savvy design transform a small California bungalow

In "Inside a Model Remodel," architect Krista Becker writes about how she designed her award-winning best remodel of the year, a complete reinvention of her 1930s bungalow in Southern California. The whole-house remodel uses smart design strategies-replicable in any remodel-to modernize the floor plan and to create bright, contemporary interior spaces that are inviting and easy to live in. Organizing the new floor plan to create a contiguous living area made the home feel expansive, while providing the practical benefit of easier child supervision. The private spaces-bedrooms and bathrooms-are placed along a central circulation loop around the new stair, which provides access to the new master suite on the second floor. Should access to the master suite ever become an issue, the full bath and main-floor bedrooms can accommodate single-floor living. A thoughtful remodeling design must address four concerns: attention to views enhance a sense of space, uniform finishes builds flow from room to room, creating open space offers freedom (ceiling heights rather than walls help define rooms), and increasing daylight improves a sense of spaciousness.

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