This article was originally featured in the Spring 2019 issue of New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles Magazine as Renovation of the Year. Article by Lee Cutrone; photos by Sara Essex Bradley.
“NANO’s new plan was designed to be in step with today’s architecture and interiors trends and to use the square footage in a more efficient and contemporary way. On the first floor, [we] took down walls to create an open floorplan where the living room, kitchen and great room merge, rather than a series of separate rooms that don’t get used. NANO added a side entrance that functions as the service entrance to allow for a less formal living arrangement. The formal dining room became a mud room and a sitting room, while a second dining area at the front of the house, used as a default catch-all room, became the formal dining room.
Upstairs, [NANO] re-appropriated some of the existing floorplan. A portion of the attic is now used for a closet, an expanded laundry room, a large playroom and office space, a plan made possible in part by bumping out the space between the dormer windows in front and back of the house.
With plenty of room to spare on the side of the house, the clients were able to eliminate the circular driveway and replace it with the new lawn and landscaping they wanted, create a new side driveway, and add the outdoor kitchen that they wanted for entertaining.
Though the footprint of the house is almost the same, heightened ceilings (the kitchen ceiling was raised, and an A-frame ceiling was created in the playroom upstairs), blown out walls and increased light now make it feel larger.”
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