Opening Up the Floor Plan of a Brick Home
Bringing light and open space into a compartmentalized old home, without disrupting the brick walls.
This whole-house remodel transformed an old brick home in Magnolia into a light-filled, airy space full of creature comforts. Before the remodel, the central stair to the basement was fully enclosed, separating the kitchen, dining room, and hall, making them each feel cramped and isolated. By opening up the walls and relocating the stairway to the basement, the main level of the house now feels spacious and unified, even the hallway. From the living room to the breakfast nook, spaces of all scales are ready for the young homeowners to entertain guests, or to simply unwind together.
Light floods in through new folding glass doors on the front of the house — and when fully open, the living space extends from the inside out, with the dining area spilling onto the front patio. In the primary bedroom, we added more storage space with built-in wardrobes flanking a new window seat, and reclaimed some square footage from the bedroom to allow for a small, yet luxe, primary bathroom.
The refinished basement includes a cozy family room with a fireplace and custom-built wet bar, a mudroom with built-in storage and seating, and a large bonus room where the homeowners can play ping-pong with family and friends.
Consistency in the use of materials and palette — such as the quartz countertops, white subway tile, and soft gray hues — paired with custom features, such as built-in storage throughout, give the home a cohesive, designed look from top to bottom.
“…We found Jeff and his team through the work he's done with his current home and have come to find that he and his team care equally about their projects as they do their own homes. […] We're very pleased with the openness, service and ease with interacting with the group. We've recommended B&V to a close friend who has started their project before ours, but also plan on recommending to future friends as well.”
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