1980’s two-story homes abound in Raleigh. This popular design generally features 4 main rooms on the first floor (living room, dining room, family room, and kitchen) and 4 bedrooms upstairs. However, the individual first floor rooms are often closed off and have narrow doorways that create traffic jams. Today’s families are looking for more relaxed living with the kitchen and living areas open to accommodate an active lifestyle and casual entertaining.
These North Ridge homeowners of a “four over four” two-story came to Wood Wise desiring to open up their downstairs. WW designer Kathy Walker created several options for them to consider. The winning design includes taking out the wall between the dining room and kitchen making room for the large island. The breakfast room features a serving bar with unobstructed views of their beautiful backyard. Floor-to-ceiling KraftMaid cabinets give more storage than the existing closet-style pantry. The expert renovation has this home ready to serve the family well for years to come.