“Modern Farm House” Renovation

living room open to loft above and adjoining kitchenWith a passion for sports, entertainment, and poker nights with the guys, this Addison couple wanted an open-concept design that would allow them to maximize the space. Additionally, they were seeking to make their living space more progressive, with an urban aesthetic, and reinvent the exterior to be updated, but still fit into the suburban setting. To get the job done, they called upon Normandy Designer Christopher Ebert.

dining room with two modern light fixtures, open to the adjoining kitchenOverall, the entire home was gutted and partially rearranged. The dining room was moved to the living room. Then, the original dining space was added to the existing kitchen, allowing it to double in size. This new arrangement also opened up the kitchen to the family room, creating the open concept layout that the couple desired.

When it came to the kitchen remodel, the space really revolved around cooking, entertaining, and appliances. The work triangle is nice and tight, keeping food preparation contained in one area of the large space. With this setup, the chef will not be disrupted when guests are in the kitchen.

Because the space was so large, it was also important to keep the look clean.

wood grain perimeter kitchen cabinets and white island cabinets pair to create a sleek and modern kitchen“The decorative elements were broken down, which ensured that they did not over-power the space,” said Chris. “Slab cabinet doors provide a sleek, modern look. An elongated hexagon tile backsplash also brings in color, which is aligned with the rest of the home. New oak wood floors were laid throughout the home and were stained with a weathered grey tone. It took several tries to get the exact color that anchored the space, giving it warmth and texture.”

modern style living room with juliet balcony to the loft above

“There’s a definite color pattern throughout the house, with both dark and light greys, whites, and cool blues,” added Chris. “You continue to see these colors as you move throughout the home.”

juliet style balcony with modern railing overlooking living room belowIn addition to the living room and kitchen for entertaining spaces, there is also an upstairs game room with a balcony overlooking the main living space below. The new staircase leads you up to a hallway that has become a gallery for the homeowner’s artwork, both illuminated by low-voltage track.

“We made the balcony walls out of clear glass, so you can see the living room and the game from upstairs,” noted Chris. “The glass wall has a stone top that doubles as a bar with seating. The loft area itself is also multi-functional, with office space to include a built-in desk and bookshelves, as well as a round table for hosting poker.”

While the intention of the home renovation was to create space to entertain, the couple also needed their own private sanctuary from their demanding careers and travel schedule.

master bedroom closet and dressing suite“The original master bedroom was very small and tight on closet space,” said Chris. “We made one large master suite by incorporating an unused bedroom.”

“This allowed us to add a large closet and dressing room as well as expand the master bathroom.”

Two story white house with a contemporary refresh with updated light fixtures and contrasting window trimThis exterior needed a facelift to match the interior style, while still fitting in with the neighborhood.  Stark white exterior vertical siding, contrasted with black framed windows and a black roof gave the exterior the “modern farmhouse” feel we wanted to achieve. Additionally, the windows treatments were selected to be the same on every window so the home looks clean and uniform on both the inside and out.

Whether looking to renovate your whole home, master suite, or kitchen, get started by setting up a consultation with Chris. Or, learn more about the remodeling process by registering to attend an upcoming seminar. You can also visit the Normandy photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.


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