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From Starter Home to Forever Home: An Addition & A Wood Cabinet Kitchen Update

From Starter Home to Forever Home: An Addition & A Wood Cabinet Kitchen Update

Patty and Gary reached out to us because their family was growing, but their house seemed to be shrinking!  They initially purchased this home as a starter and only planned to stay for a few years, but after more than a decade they finally decided that it was time to turn it into their forever home.  


Location:  Burlington, MA

Type of Home:  Ranch/Cape Built in 1976

Square Footage:  1,625 Square Feet before; 2,080 After

About 6 years ago they renovated the kitchen with very traditional finishes in anticipation of selling, but since they decided to stay, Patty really wanted to make some changes to make it more reflective of her personal style.  The other big issues with the house were:

1. The lack of a closet/ mudroom at the entry,

2. The main family bathroom (with the only shower) was also doubling as the guest bathroom, and

3. The living room was just too small and closed off when the whole family was in the space with friends.  

BEFORE:  Prior to the renovation this 5×8 side entry was an old enclosed porch with windows on every wall.  It was unheated, poorly built, and rotting away.  Since there was limited space at the front entry we decided to rebuild this tiny room into a combo mudroom/pantry to give them a place to drop their shoes & coats as well as give them some pantry storage.

AFTER:  We installed floor to ceiling pantry cabinets on the back wall and on the left we installed a bench with hooks. We used a deep blue-green paint color on all of the built-ins to add a little drama.  The ceiling vault gives it some flair, and classic gray herringbone heated floors lend a timeless look to this entry.