Converting Existing Spaces for Additional Use

When undergoing a major remodel such as gutting a kitchen or finishing a basement, it’s always a great idea to take advantage of having a construction crew in your home to make necessary repairs or to increase the functionality of other spaces in your house.

The House

Our client’s home is a 1916 Craftsman, an American bungalow-style house that is often identified by its wood and brick siding, low gabled roof, and front porch with thick column supports. Like many Seattle homes of a similar age, the home and property could be considered small by today’s standards, so we had to be smart about how to use the home’s space efficiently. We reconfigured elements of the main floor to gain functionality, with the main focus on remodeling the kitchen — one of the two rooms that, when renovated wisely, can increase a home’s resale value the most.

Before photo of the front entrance porch

The Issue

This home has a main front entrance as well as a side entrance. The front door opens immediately into the living room space, while the side door opens right into the heart of the kitchen. Besides the potential awkwardness of walking right into a busy room, especially for visitors, there was also nowhere to hang coats or take off shoes — a particular annoyance during Seattle’s rainy fall and winter seasons.

What We Did

Per our client’s request, we enclosed the front porch to create a foyer and coat closet. Guests no longer had to come straight into the living room and now had a place to hang coats out of the way before entering the hub of activity. Rather than completely give up the porch, we built a new and improved front porch with a more comfortable and open seating area.

After photo of the front porch


We also enclosed the side porch to create a mudroom, an out-of-the-way space to store shoes, outdoor accessories, and things that would otherwise clutter up or dirty the kitchen and main spaces of the home. This room includes built-in cubbies, a bench, and two walls with hooks for optimal storage. There’s no more risk of tracking mud or dirt onto the home’s hardwood floors, and the side door is no longer an immediate entrance into the potentially busy kitchen.

New mudroom


Next month we will give a rundown of the home’s kitchen remodel and what we did to increase storage and organization options while maintaining an open and welcoming environment.

Our team is excited to have our 1916 Craftsman remodel featured in the 2018 Master Builders Association Remodeled Homes Tour. This unique tour invites visitors and homeowners interested in remodeling to experience the luxury and craftsmanship of some of King County’s finest home renovations. You can visit this particular home on October 27th, 2018, and free tickets are available on the Remodeled Home Tour website.

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