Space Planning – Make every square foot count

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When it comes to updating your home, materials and finishes are only part of the story. Does your house fit your family’s lifestyle? Are some rooms infrequently used while others are constantly crammed with people and things? A well planned home, where every square foot is functional living space and rooms easily flow from one area to the next, can increase not only your property value, but your quality of life as well. This older center entrance colonial has a very formal floorplan.

The young family of four currently living here loves the character of the established neighborhood and home, but the floorplan just didn’t work for them. The library and dining room were designed to impress guests attending formal, perhaps catered, dinner parties. The U-shaped kitchen is closed off from the entertaining spaces. What was once considered a cozy and private family breakfast room now seems awkward and claustrophobic.

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The family doesn’t host formal, catered dinner parties. Both parents love to cook for family and friends and the kitchen is really the heart of their entertaining space. With two small children, they also needed a space where the kids can play, with supervision, as meals are being prepared.

Opening up the partition wall between the cooking and eating areas, and reclaiming the library in order to shift the dining room forward, creates a small family room adjacent to the kitchen and transforms the space into one perfectly tailored to this family’s lifestyle.


The cozy breakfast room is now filled with light and easily accessed from other areas in the kitchen.


Taking the wall down and relocating the powder room door allows the kitchen to be reconfigured to include much more counter and cabinet space, an island with a cooktop, a small peninsula with seating for two, and a double wall oven.


Mom and Dad can now cook together without stepping on each other’s toes. When company comes over, the space now fits the way they entertain.


When contemplating a renovation, it is important to define exactly what it is about the current configuration that is not working for you. Establishing goals of what you want the new space to accomplish is critical. How long do you plan on living in the home? Should aging in place modifications be incorporated into the space? Are you trying to make the house fit your needs for the next few years and maximize its resale value? How large is your family? Is it growing or are kids getting ready to leave for college? Are some of your family members furry and four-legged? These are all questions a design professional can make sure you ask yourself, and work with you to develop solutions that are realistic within your space and budget.

If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!

Written by Dory Clemens – Design Consultant