A Mid-Century Multi-Level Home Gets a Modern Update
Today, we’re thrilled to reveal one of our latest projects: the full remodel of the main level at Brittany Road. Built in 1957, the mid-century modern multi-level home had some nice features (a spacious living room, ample natural light, and a fireplace). However, it lacked modern updates throughout. And while it was clear that the owners had great taste in contemporary furniture, paired with the outdated space, it felt out of place. They wanted a change from their cramped kitchen, sectioned-off floor plan, and outdated woodwork and flooring. So, we set to work.
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BEFORE – Living Room
In the original main level, the living room, dining room, and kitchen functioned as completely different spaces. The result felt closed off and much smaller than it actually was. The living room needed a modern upgrade in style and functionality. It was covered extensively with outdated wood paneling around the fireplace and, strangely, around each doorway as well. In addition, it had a wood-burning fireplace that didn’t get used as frequently as the family would have liked. The family had their television on the back wall opposite the fireplace, so it was difficult to both enjoy a fire and a movie or TV show simultaneously.
BEFORE – Dining Room
The dining room, located in the corner between the living room and kitchen, was fairly straightforward. However, it was outdated in style. The light fixture, too, was 1990s in style and needed an update. Furthermore, the glass door to the backyard was small and blocked the potential for much more light in the space. Overall, it lacked the open concept our clients were craving.
BEFORE – Kitchen
Off of the dining room through an interior door was the kitchen. The combination of a kitchen peninsula, butcher block island, bistro table set, cabinets, and appliances made the space feel tight and overwhelming. The white cabinetry felt cramped under outdated soffits and the hardwood floors abruptly joined with the black tiled entryway leading to the front door.
Needless to say, the space needed a major overhaul to be brought up to modern standards.
AFTER – The Modern Reveal
We began the renovation with a major reconfiguration of the layout. First, we removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen. This allowed for a more open floor plan and easier flow throughout the space. Additionally, a new sliding glass door replaced the originals in the initially-separated kitchen and dining rooms. The change joined the new spaces together, creating a wall of light that opened up the space instantly.
AFTER – Kitchen
We changed the kitchen layout entirely with this project. First, we shifted the cabinets and appliances to the exterior wall. Next, we eliminated the island, peninsula, and bistro set. A spacious kitchen island replaced these to comfortably seat four people. We painted the cabinetry on the perimeter of the kitchen a creamy and warm white with brass hardware. The kitchen island anchored the space visually thanks to its deep charcoal color. A sleek black quartz countertop paired with a black apron sink, a brass faucet, brass island pendants, and stainless steel appliances made for an ultra-contemporary aesthetic all around.
AFTER – Dining Room
The now-open dining room finally works seamlessly with the rest of the space. To achieve this, we altered the location of the table so its length ran parallel to the kitchen island. The result was an easy pass-through space from room to room without furniture getting in the way. We updated the light fixture, too, with a modern brushed brass LED chandelier. Visually, it tied in with the brass fixtures and hardware in the kitchen and the brass decor pops in the living room.
AFTER – Living Room
Moving into the living room, we knew right away that the extensive wood paneling had to be updated. We removed the jarring and oversized panel trim around the doorways and replaced it with a more subtle trim design. Then, we painted the wall paneling surrounding the fireplace in the same charcoal as the kitchen island for a cohesive and chic look. We moved the television to the space above the fireplace. This switch made much more sense visually and made for a much more enjoyable viewing experience. Additionally, converted the fireplace from wood-burning to a modern gas insert. This allowed the owners to quickly and effortlessly start a fire whenever they desired. For added style, we incorporated a white marble mosaic tile surround. This both served its fireplace function and helped the newly-painted charcoal wall visually pop.
The result of the main level renovation was astounding. We couldn’t love the new updated and modern aesthetic more. Deep charcoal, creamy white, brass, and more came together beautifully alongside a new open floor plan. Our clients are over-the-moon happy and ready to truly live in their home the way it was meant to be.
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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design