before plans
illustrations: Trevor Johnson
With its rough beamed ceiling and knotty-pine walls, the family room in this home was right in step with the times. Unfortunately, the time was 1968, the year the house was built. By current standards, the space was dark, isolated from the rest of the house and badly in need of updating. The remodel you see here brought the wood-sided ranch into the present by converting the family room into a breakfast room, expanding the kitchen and creating a new 500-sq.-ft. family-room addition. The Big Plan: The floor plan of the original house shows how the cramped kitchen was closed off from the family room. The new design opens up the spaces to each other and to the outdoors
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