The old breakfast room was expanded up and out to create an airy new family room. Everything to the right of the island is new — part of the 8 feet added to the back of the house.
To improve the family room's indoor-outdoor flow, the designers added a Jeld-Wen sliding door; each central panel slides to the side, creating a 6-foot-wide opening. The door's understated muntins straddle the line between contemporary and traditional, and pay homage to the home's original window design.
Built-in shelving displays the wife's collection of globes, while wall art commemorates the couple's travels. With three dogs in the house, the Flor carpet squares were a practical choice.
AFTER: The homeowners kept some of the old appliances, as well as their beloved lime walls, which seem to suit the new space better. Painted cabinets are paired with an espresso-stained island topped with Carrara marble. The honed finish makes it feel less formal.
In lieu of a skylight, Nualla added an illuminated ceiling recess, which anchors the island within the open plan.
New oak floors augment existing oak floors, all of which were stained to match. The designers confined bright accent colors to walls and accessories — not built-ins — so any future owners could change the palette if they wanted.
Neutral colors establish a serene atmosphere in the master bath. Windows frosted at the bottom admit light while preserving privacy.
The kitchen's Carrara marble appears again on the double vanity in the master bath.
The old house offered little connection to the backyard, which was dominated by an oversize patio covered with a slippery tile.
AFTER: The master suite addition features a shed roof that slopes upward to admit light and views of the landscape. The home's leaky single-pane windows were all replaced, and the cavities around them were insulated, improving the home's efficiency.
The new patio fits the scale of the home better; a retaining wall provides overflow seating for outdoor parties.
The designers switched to a thicker fiber cement siding around the bathroom bay, allowing them to miter the corners. The product also casts deeper shadow lines that help distinguish the volume.