So it’s day two of FFFU Week and you’re getting a 3-for-1 deal. This is for sure the most dramatic reveal, and if I knew anything about anything I would save it for last. But, the dominant left side of my brain tells me this is the logical place to start, so…come take a peek inside our front door!
(Sorry in advance for the picture overload…this space is just so worth sharing!)
What I’m showing you today is the family room / dining room / kitchen combo. There is just no possible way to show any one of these rooms without the others. This space was previously divided by a wall running right down the center between the kitchen and living space. When we did our initial walk through, we knew that was the first things that had to go. Now we have a big, open living area which is where we spend 99% of our “home time” if we’re not outside, in the pig barn or sleeping 🙂
So, before when you walked through the front door this was the view:
Helllooo giant wall. Straight ahead in the first photo you can see the dining room. If you turned at little to the left (second photo), you would be standing in the family room. You can see a glimpse of the stone wall in that second picture, but here it is in all of it’s glory:
(The white line running through the middle of this picture was the wall dividing the family room from the kitchen.)
Really cool for the fact that my grandparents actually gathered all of those stones and my grandma laid them out for the builder how she wanted them placed on the wall. However, not logical to keep in the long run because of allll the limiting factors (primarily the non-functioning fireplace). It just tied our hands in too many other design decisions. Side note: We did salvage as much of the stone as we could for other projects!
And just for reference, here’s the family room looking back toward the front door:
Now from the dining room (you know you want that light fixture), a turn to the left puts you in the kitchen. Again, for us, one of the first things that had to go was that wall. Yes, we lost a TON of storage. But it had. to. go.
Ok, now for the fun part. If you were to drive to Kansas and knock on our front door, this is what you’d see (behind my smiling face) when it opened…
I honestly don’t even know where to start, so I’m just going to try to follow the same flow through the house as above. Turn to the left, and where there was super-70s orange-flecked carpet and a big rock wall with built-ins and a brass fireplace is this:
And from the other side of the room looking back toward the front door:
FYI, this space also serves as Lexi’s play room. That has come with its own set of challenges, but we have worked hard to find a balance between fashion and function not just for her – but for our whole family.
So, walking straight forward through the front door lands you in our dining room:
Which sits adjacent to our kitchen:
So truly, it’s the exactly same “layout” as before…just a little more opened up and updated 🙂
Here’s a flashback to BEFORE (sorry, I should have taken a before pano!)
And now, standing in the exact same location, AFTER:
And just for good measure, I have a little video tour for you as well. Enjoy, and hopefully we’ll see you tomorrow!