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Brick Colonial House Remodel

Finding balance between the open-concept desires of this young family, and creating a floorplan that felt true to their 1970s brick colonial house was the overriding design challenge behind this large home remodel. Executing the entire design phase virtually during the early phases of the pandemic was where things really got interesting. Thanks to modern technology and the postal service, our design team was able to collaborate with this family without ever having to meet them in person.
Spaces Included:
Kitchen, Other Spaces
Location:
Foxcroft, Charlotte
Project Scope:
Custom Redesign

The redesign began with the relocation of the dining room and home office spaces, and the elimination of an unnecessary hallway and small vestibule to open up the kitchen in the center of the home. A walk-in pantry was added for bulk food storage behind the refrigerator. Additionally, we included a narrower pantry cabinet next to the adjacent sunroom-turned-playroom for quick access to snacks.  

The windows were reconfigured along the back of this brick colonial house to allow as much natural light as possible without sacrificing critical storage space. Cream cabinets and a white quartz countertop reflect light while the dark navy island anchors the space. Centering the 36” range and floating cabinet-style range hood between the new windows creates the illusion of symmetry in the asymmetrical space. 

Flanking the cased opening separating the expanded kitchen from the new dining room stand two cabinet hutches designed to house barware and entertaining pieces. Smoke gray glass conceal the contents of the cabinets until the integrated LED lighting inside them is turned on. The lit cabinets provide ambiance at night or when they entertain. 

Standing at the kitchen sink offers these homeowners a lovely view of their new dining room (and front yard thanks to an existing window) and the refreshed family room.

Foxcroft Kitchen Design
Common in 1970s brick colonial houses, 8’ ceilings can pose challenges when it comes to kitchen storage and ventilation. Here, we extended the cabinets to the ceiling to maximize storage capacity and create a feeling of spaciousness.
Foxcroft Kitchen Remodel
Strategic window placement, and island centered on the range offer symmetry to an otherwise asymmetrical l-shaped layout. The tall pantry cabinet on the right lends visual weight to balance the refrigerator on the left.
Mudroom Addition
French pocket doors allow the laundry room to be closed off to minimize noise, while capturing the natural light for the windowless mudroom entrance from the garage.
Mudroom Built Ins
A site-built bench with hooks for backpacks keep the back entrance clutter free. Cubbies hold baskets for shoes.
Foxcroft Kitchen Designer
The new layout eliminates any unnecessary walls to better connect the kitchen with the adjacent family room, while still retaining defined spaces true to the age of this Foxcroft home. Opening the space allowed for increased traffic flow and a large central island, with seating for four
Foxcroft Kitchen Remodeler
Spice and utensil pull-out cabinets flank the range for easy access during dinner prep and the solid quartz backsplash makes clean up as easy as wipe, rinse and repeat.
German Schmear Brick
Once covered in dark wood on nearly every surface, and an asymmetrical wall of brick, this family room got a simple refresh. Fresh paint, refinished hardwood floors and a German schmear treatment on the fireplace brought this room up to date.

Well Placed Mudrooms Curb Clutter

The former dining room was converted to a large laundry room and mudroom space to serve as a transition point between the garage and the kitchen. Having a covered entryway from the detached garage and a mudroom to keep dirt and clutter contained was important in helping this family function most efficiently. Hard wearing materials such as porcelain tile floors and a black granite countertop for folding clothes ensure these workspaces will stand up to heavy use as this family continues to grow. 

1970's Kitchen Before Foxcroft Kitchen Design
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