One of our recurring design challenges is to provide a design solution that meets the additional space requirements of our clients, while being mindful of limited budgets. This residence in the City of Long Beach—a small, 900-square-foot, post-war-era home—was no exception. To meet both of these requirements, our design added 450 square feet and employs the use of multiple-function rooms and incorporates the outdoors to create a stunning space that is much more functional and larger than it appears.
By removing walls that separated the kitchen from the dining room, and pushing out the rear wall of the house a mere three and a half feet, we were able to reorient much of the existing space. The added square footage in these areas wasn’t a lot, but the revised layout and the use of natural light from the new skylight, window, and large folding French doors brightens the space beautifully and efficiently. Directly off the dining room, we added a large covered patio. With the folding doors open, the whole space turns into the perfect area for parties and entertaining.
A master bedroom suite with direct access to the side yard was also added at the rear of the house. It was initially used as an office, but was easily converted to the bedroom as the family grew.