Kace Allen Designs https://kaceallendesigns.com Serving the Pacific Northwest Since 1993 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:06:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Kace Study: 40-ft wide floor plan https://kaceallendesigns.com/2019/08/30/kace-study-40-ft-wide-floor-plan/ https://kaceallendesigns.com/2019/08/30/kace-study-40-ft-wide-floor-plan/#respond Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:03:38 +0000 https://kaceallendesigns.com/?p=336


Recently I had a builder ask me if I had any home designs that would fit on a small lot he owned.

The home has to be no wider than 40 feet, and he wants a 1,500 sq ft design. I sent him some designs I had done in the past, but none of them really worked for him.


Here was his response:

“Sorry, none of these are really jumping out at me.   I know I want 3 bed, 2 bath 1500- 1600 sq ft.  I don’t like garages to sit too far in front of the porch. I don’t mind the porch sitting a little in front of the garage. Interior I want a great room, dining and kitchen (vaulted) that ties to rear covered patio. Walk-in closet, double vanity with shower only in the master. Prefer laundry off garage, but not a must. I prefer an island in the kitchen. Sorry for being so difficult!”


He’s not being difficult, and I see it as an opportunity to come up with an original design or two.  Starting with the maximum outside dimensions, I began working on a floor plan to address the criteria he asked for.

I began with the idea of having the kitchen in the front of the home. That allows for the Great Room to access the back patio, and if the owner doesn’t want a formal dinner table, the Dining area can be included in the Great Room. Then I started on the Master bath design, and the bedrooms.


Then I started over, this time with the Great Room in the front of the home.  I tried putting the kitchen between the Great Room and the Dining, but that cut the open space feeling and separated the rooms more than I think the client wants. I moved the kitchen next to the back patio, which should make outdoor entertaining much easier. I moved the Master Suite to the rear of the home, just so my client could see another option from the first design.


I sent both designs to my client, to see it either of these ideas works for him.


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Kace Study: Victorian Newly-wed Cottage https://kaceallendesigns.com/2019/04/25/kace-study-victorian-newly-wed-cottage/ https://kaceallendesigns.com/2019/04/25/kace-study-victorian-newly-wed-cottage/#respond Fri, 26 Apr 2019 00:50:59 +0000 https://kaceallendesigns.com/?p=314  

About a hundred years ago,  the owners of this Victorian home built a guest cottage in the back yard for their daughter as a wedding gift.

The newlyweds lived there for a time, and as the years went by the little cottage was used for other purposes until time and decay took it’s toll on it.


The current owners hired Kace Allen Designs to create a modern floor plan and make sure it’s structurally sound.


When I first saw the cottage, the floor and interior walls had been removed and workers were digging a crawl space inside.

Originally I think it was built right on the ground.

After advising them to reinforce the walls and ceiling before going any further,  we worked together on a new floor plan.

While we were at it, we added the front porch, side porch, laundry room, and walk-in closet.


We came up with a great concept, and I got to work on making sure they could get a building permit for the project.

It turned out great, check out how it looks now!


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Kace Study: Kitchen and Laundry Redesign https://kaceallendesigns.com/2019/03/09/kace-study-kitchen-and-laundry-redesign/ https://kaceallendesigns.com/2019/03/09/kace-study-kitchen-and-laundry-redesign/#respond Sat, 09 Mar 2019 19:16:08 +0000 https://kaceallendesigns.com/?p=253 A lot can be done to improve a space without adding to the size of a home.  In this Kace study we are showing a recent kitchen remodel we completed for one of our clients that shows how an improved layout can increase the usable space, aesthetics, and function of a room without adding to the square footage of the home.


The owners loved their home, but the kitchen felt small and cramped.  I came up with a new design that took advantage of the space they already had, just organized better.

The original design of the kitchen allowed no light into the workspace.


The Kitchen didn’t have any outside light in the original design, so I moved the laundry space to the interior and took advantage of the existing window and exterior door in the new kitchen layout.


The existing wall will become a half-wall behind the sink, making the kitchen more open to the dining and living room. We will re-use the existing appliances, helping to keep the budget for this project under control. The cooktop is on an exterior wall so that the vent doesn’t have to go through the room above or through the roof. Also, I added a trash compactor in the island at the customer’s request.


New overhead beams will support the room above where we removed a couple of walls.

The new layout provides more space and light to the kitchen.


The result is a more spacious kitchen with an outside window and door, and better connection to the dining and living room.

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