This early 90s home was exactly what we have come to expect of a standard house built during the boom. The floor plan was typical and closed in, little energy was expended on planning for how a family would actually use the space, and walls with mechanicals were placed with builder convenience in mind.
This young professional couple needed a space that would make daily life with their two children easier, as well as one that would allow for entertaining.
Fortunately, with a completely unused dining room on the other side of the kitchen wall, there was ample available space. Unfortunately, standard two story building practices meant that heat runs and plumbing lines were placed in the bearing wall that separated the kitchen from the unused dining room.
With some creative design features, we were able to open the wall between the two rooms and give this family the room they needed.