Annexing the rooms increased the space from 200 to 300 square feet and created a workable layout that accommodates dining and food-prep zones.
What They Did:
1. Took over Several Smaller Spaces—a pantry, mudroom, and closet—that were arrayed along one short wall for an additional 91 square feet of floor space. The new area holds a table and four chairs.
2. Removed most of a structured wall shared with the new TV room and replaced it with three support columns to take the load while allowing for an open plan.
3. Built a breakfast bar between two of the columns to add casual seating and preserve an open sight line to the TV room.
4. Relocated appliances to the opposite end of the room, separating food prep from the new eating area.
5. Installed an Island with a second sink, microwave, and open shelves to triangulate between the main sink and fridge wall and the range.
6. Added more natural light with a new bay window in the dining area and a large bumped-out bay along the sink wall, where two smaller windows were closed up. French doors to the patio replaced the old back door.