The project was featured in the Times Union House Proud Series on April 1, 2010. (click on the link to view the full article)
Above are two images that illustrate the alteration of the front living room. They are shot from almost the vantage point. What was once an unusable space is now designed to accommodate a cozy living room. The image on the left was taken in 2014 and the image on the right is from when we purchased the house in 2010.
Just 13 feet wide, this house provided unique opportunities for dual functions. The renovation included adding a kitchen to the main floor (the existing kitchen was in the basement), sanding the floors, reorganizing the entry, and creating a built-in couch/daybed in the front window.
The goal was the create a usable space that could accommodate a living room and created privacy when the front door was open to the street.
The solution was was specific to the space. We designed a built-in couch with teal cushions created by National Upholstering, we were able to hide the jog underneath and a false back that can be removed to create a bigger space for lounging or a bed. Ivy in the planters with built in bookshelves below has begun climbing the wires that connect the planter to the 9 1/2-foot ceiling. Furthermore, my husband is a daily bike commuter and we wanted to utilize the entry for his bike. We left no space without a programmed use.
Photographer: Cindy Schultz with the Times Union 2014