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Before: This house is ready for a breakfast room addition, a living room expansion, and a kitchen enlargement.
Before: this kitchen is too small for the family, and they want to move the breakfast table out into a new breakfast room with lots of glass and a cathedral ceiling. The entire back wall of the kitchen will be removed to enlarge the kitchen into the addition also.
During: second floor double-hungs have been removed to fit in the new Breakfast Room roof. They'll be replaced with casement windows which will meet egress building codes. The shallower projection is where the living room is being enlarged.
During: looking into the original kitchen from the new breakfast room, the entire back wall of it has been removed. The second story is now supported by a dropped engineered lumber beam.
During: the view from the original kitchen, under the new beam, out to the new breakfast room. Check out the window seat to the left, already catching some morning sun.
After: looking toward the new larger kitchen from the living room. The island straddles the existing house and the new addition.
After: a view toward the original kitchen from the new breakfast room. The awning window to the right has a twin at the opposite end of the addition, in the enlarged living room (left of this photo), and there's a pass-thru between the spaces. This means that both windows can be opened for cross breezes.
After: looking into the breakfast room, you can just see the previousy mentioned to the right. It looks into the expanded living room area.
I loved this window seat when I was drawing it; but I love it even more now that I've seen how the homeowner has used color and cushions to make it extra-cozy.
After: this door was reused from the original back kitchen wall. It is directly opposite the window seat; and the light fixture is centered on them also.
After: remember this built-in entertainment center? Now this room feels much more open, and it's got that awning window for cross-breezes from the breakfast room.