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But after nine years, it was time -- time to rethink the kitchen and an adjacent family room and get those three bathrooms up to speed. After all, swapping a spacious family room and confined kitchen for a luxurious kitchen and a cozy nook for watching TV meant taking things down to the studs anyway.
It's the perfect time to step back and think about the entire house, says Amy Frye, owner of"While you have the walls opened up on the main floor for a remodel, go ahead and add an extra outlet or re-pipe the second-floor bathroom.
These, like all the cabinets in the kitchen, were laid out to accommodate particular items.
Space was left to house the household phone, a charging station and a place to drop keys once inside the door from the garage.
With room to roam, the design allowed for an island to function in many ways.
Here it holds the gas cooktop and a small second sink, as well as offering space to sit.
The sliding "shoji" screens were made using standard glass-paneled doors.
AFTER: Enlarging the opening improved the connection between the two rooms and the view.
Now anyone working at the kitchen sink -- plopped in the middle of an expansive counter wide enough for plants to benefit from the sunny bay window -- gets to enjoy the serene front yard.