Welcome to a mid-week update on the Ranchburger Renovation.
Way back in the early 70s, when the ranch was built, it didn't have a foyer. A dedicated entrance space was carved out in the 1990s, and it was remodeled again in the mid-2000s. Last summer, when I looked at the house, I thought the foyer had lots of potential, but I decided to take my time and come up with a solid plan. Months went by. Then, just two weeks ago, I figured out what to do: remove the smallish foyer walls and create a gallery-type entrance, with three French doors.
Below, you can see the small sitting area and the foyer. It had been decorated perfectly, with love seats and furnishings that were absolutely to scale. But my big, clunky stuff wouldn't fit. At one point, I thought about turning this space into the dining room--or a dressy breakfast area (it's adjacent to the kitchen). Ah, a tablescapers dream!
Tables would, however, obscure the marvelous view, and this house is all about the view.
I kept thinking. I looked at Pottery Barn loveseats but couldn't commit.
When I came up with the "gallery" idea, I asked the architect for his opinion. He thought it would better define the space, and he suggested that we add arched openings at each end of the room. Demolition began immediately. First, the foyer was opened up. (The staircase, too!)
And framed. Doors were ordered. (And the existing front door was earmarked for the pool house re-do.)
I'm adding 3 French doors in the foyer. The center door will be operational; the other two won't be operable. Murdock said the space was still tight, and we could have issues if more than one door was open. Anyway, the doors are identical to the ones in the kitchen.
Here's another look at the small sitting area.
And now, the space is a gallery. Yay!
Let's move to the other end of the room. The former owner had gorgeous furnishings, and she'd used the larger space as a dining room. Behind this room is a hexagonish sun room.
The first time Murdock saw this space, he suggested knocking down the sun room wall to add light and to take advantage of the view. At first, I was reluctant to give up a wall, as I needed all the space I could get for furniture. But after I spent time at the house, I knew Murdock was right.
We're replacing the windows with French doors.
A view from the sun room, into the foyer and living space.
Last week, the wall came down.
Joel, our carpenter, built the arched openings.
I can't believe how much brighter the room is!
This space will be all white (I know...but this house just called for white walls), and it will need texture. There are some issues with the present ceiling, so we are installing beadboard. (It will also go on the kitchen ceiling.) Today, we worked out the lighting. I'm doing recessed, no chandeliers (the "eye" stops on the one behind Mike, below).
A few before-and-"in the middle" photos:
Looking into the sun room.
Space redefined in the foyer.
Looking from the sun room into the new living room and gallery.
I'll update when the doors are installed.
Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to visit. Stay warm!
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