An almost-retired couple were our clients for this project, and they were looking to downsize and move closer to Carmel for access to the Monon trail, dining, and the arts. They wanted our Indianapolis design studio to make a 2,200 sq ft ranch from the 90s look bigger with the request to update the look, personalize the style, and to renovate the master bath keeping aging-in-place in mind. One of our biggest design challenges was to create an open, connected flow between rooms and to improve function and aesthetic without adding physical space. To solve this, we identified dead space, removed a reach-in pantry, and changed the entry location to the master suite.
We oversaw design and project management. We changed the layout in a number of places to improve functionality and connectivity in the home. We also updated the overall style with hard finishes and new furnishings and decor. We removed all the non-load bearing walls in the kitchen and living room to open the space and bring in abundant light. In the living room, we created a focal point with a built-in and shiplap-clad fireplace. We also repositioned the entrance to the master suite to allow for a large kitchen island with seating for four, a beverage center, and extra kitchen cabinetry. We repurposed a small breakfast nook to create the new private master suite entrance with age in place design, so it has wide hallways and doors. The grand shower and water closet in the master suite are designed according to age in place design as well. We provided our clients with 3D renderings to give them a visualization of our before beginning construction.
Design highlights include a wood-stained hood, a beverage center top featuring reclaimed hickory, luxury vinyl plank flooring for low maintenance, and a tall wainscot in the back hall to create a mudroom look.
Photography by Sarah Shields.