US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Trends Vol. 29/11 - Page 34

Top: The freestanding cabinets also help to define different areas within the open-plan living space. This seating and table games area occupies the space formerly taken by the entry. Full-height glazing maximizes the leafy outlook. Above and above right: The kitchen was moved to the opposite side of the living space, so new glazing could open up the house to the best view. The cabinetry teams sapele mahogany with maple. Right and far right: In addition to removing walls, the architect took out an inglenook-style fireplace and a skylight in the area that is now the kitchen. 32 more renovations at Before But it was clear the house had never been designed to maximize this particular site, says architect Bill Waddell, who was commissioned to design a major remodel. “The entry was rather awkward, with guests needing to walk up a long path at the side of the house to get to the front door,” he says. “And the roofline of the garage, which had been added later, was 4in lower than the rest of the house. “The interior was also tired. The main living spaces were divided by walls and the house lacked the openness and flow