Named Renovation of the Year in 2019 by New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles, the Hector Residence was originally built in the 1970s and consisted of a highly compartmentalized floorplan that no longer supported the clients’ lifestyle needs. On the first floor, we reconfigured the highly divided space into a more open and unified layout, inclusive of a new foyer, kitchen, breakfast nook, half bath, dining room, mudroom, and great room. In the kitchen, a 14-foot stand-alone island made from Calacatta Borghini marble serves as the anchoring centerpiece, complimenting the clean lines of the newly installed Thermador appliances.
- Terri Dreyer
- Ian Dreyer
The addition of an outdoor kitchen and living space further enriches the home’s character with a distinctly contemporary sensibility that carries through to the interior great room. At the front exterior of the house, the original circular driveway was replaced by lush landscaping, a request from the client. A new driveway was added to the side of the house and positioned conveniently by a new second entrance off the mudroom, providing a less formal entry.
The two existing dormer windows on the second floor greatly limited the opportunities for new spatial layout considerations. By fusing the separate dormers into a single clerestory, we were able to create more space for an expanded laundry room, closet, office, and master ensuite.
The understated simplicity of the main living areas allowed us to integrate bold patterns, textures, and finishes throughout, while allowing the late family matriarch’s art collection to take center stage. Scallop cement tiles in the master bath, dark bronze, geometric light fixtures in the kitchen, and a custom, double-thick marble kitchen island further complete the space’s transformation.
“Ultimately, our mission was to reinvent the home’s character to better match the clients’ modern lifestyle and functional everyday needs by making more efficient use of the existing square footage. While the footprint of the home remained almost the same, the heightened ceilings and strategic space planning drastically redefined the entire residential experience.” – Terri Dreyer