Need help redesigning 1915 colonial

We‘ve just bought our first home, and it needs work. We are struggling to figure out how to modernize the layout. Any advice is welcomed :)
q need help redesigning 1915 colonial
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  • Judi1 Judi1 on May 20, 2018
    What is your budget? Are you wanting both floors remodeled? Which is the master bedroom? I know you have small closets. I think the room you are calling an office was probably a nursery in this time frame. Do you need a den? Do you want open concept or are you trying to adhere to the original style of the house?

    • 1915 colonial 1915 colonial on May 20, 2018
      We are totally open. Budget is around 200K, but it would have to be worth it! currently there is no master and we are not sure how or if to make one.
      We have been thinking to at minimum remove the wall between the kitchen and den.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on May 20, 2018
    Before I can help I need to know a few things:
    1. What physical improvements/minimal repairs are needed? What rooms need upgrading? What rooms are you sacrificing or repurposing?
    2. Budget -who's doing the work?
    3. Timeframe

    Knowing this info will help guide your project

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    • 1915 colonial 1915 colonial on May 20, 2018
      Kitchen and bathrooms need to be redone. Den can be repurposed. We don‘t need a formal dining room. Need to still have 4 bedrooms after the renovation. Budget is 200-250 or so. We’re looking at contractors vs design/build. Timeframe of 5 months or so.

  • Bonnie Bonnie on May 20, 2018
    For a project like this and a budget such as yours, I would hire a designer that can help you get all the features you want while preserving the historic nature of the home.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on May 20, 2018
    Give me a little time and I will get back to you. This requires some real thought! Lucky, lucky you having a chance to be creative and make your house into a real home!

  • Lise Naud McNally Lise Naud McNally on May 20, 2018
    would you consider the 4 th bedroom downstairs where the DR is? Then you could merge 2 bedrooms upstairs to become MB. Open up kitchen, den and family room

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on May 20, 2018
    1915 Colonial.....I have an idea: I would remove the bathroom that's between the 2 BR (that share a wall) and use that space to create a large closet in each BR. I would then convert the 8X6 Office into a Master Bathroom connected to the adjacent BR. You still have 2.5 bathrooms but now have a Master Suite and larger closets (both add $$$ to your home).

    Downstairs, I would tear the walls down on both sides of the den and create an open floor plan that includes the kitchen, den and family room. You can extend the kitchen toward the den and now have more room and flow. You can create a nice walk-in pantry, too! For intimacy/ privacy you still have the separate dining room.

    Just some thoughts 😇

    • 1915 colonial 1915 colonial on May 20, 2018
      Thank you!!! We had considered turning the office into a walk in closet for the front left room, and making that the master, but the bedroom is fairly small and we don’t think it would fit a king.

  • William William on May 27, 2018
    Best would be to hire an architect. They are better versed on what can and what cannot be done. They can advise you and present different options that could fit your wants and needs.

  • Emily Emily on May 27, 2018
    I agree with the advice to hire a professional. I have seen too many of those "fixer" upper type shows that even with the help of a designer run into big snafus and your budget is considerable. Even with a nice floor plan shown people who have not walked the space or measured things or know about supporting walls and local codes and variances really can only give cosmetic advice. I live in a 1905 house, that while having a different layout, has roughly the same number and sizes of rooms. I have thought a lot about what someone else could do and it would not lend itself to the current open concept idea so popular today. Maybe the best thing to do is to consider that the entire house should be restructured including moving the staircase(s). Then you can start from scratch.