2009 Idea Home: Chicago Remodel
An expansive makeover
Idea Home: The homeowners, Jim and Melissa Luebbe, wanted to open up the first floor to create a single, flexible space. Removing an unneeded stairway between the former living/dining room and kitchen opened up the home's visual proportions and provided more space for socializing with friends and family. Light walls and bright windows create a spacious feel, while dark floors provide contrast and visual continuity. (See the floor plans, beginning on slide 21; you can also download the floor plans at the link below.)
Your home: Get creative with limited space. If you have a long, narrow area, plan traffic flow to one side so the other side can contain key "rooms." Furniture and rug placement can delineate living spaces. A focal point, such as the stone fireplace we installed, helps anchor a long area.