Wanting a place where their children and friends could comfortably congregate fueled Kim and Mark Tamoney's desire to renovate their kitchen and recreation room. With four children, the existing kitchen was cramped, especially when friends were over. The kitchen was separated from the family room, and the existing recreation room could only be accessed from an outdoor walkway.
"We can't just have one friend over," Kim says about her four children's social attributes. "Each of the kids has to have a friend over, so then there are eight kids here at a time!"
Now, Kim and Mark are able to easily accommodate their children and friends from the spacious kitchen that is open to the family room and boasts an eight foot island. "The kids congregate around the island and I can dole out the food!" Kim laughs. When meal time is over, the children eagerly move on to the recreation room that has little resemblance to recreation rooms from the past.
To turn less than desirable space into a fully functional layout, PSG Construction worked with architect Cynde Norris to convert the existing recreation room separated by a breezeway into a space styled for multiple tasks, entertainment and convenience. The kitchen was also renovated and opened up to the family room, and the open breezeway was enclosed to connect the kitchen and family room with the recreation room. A new pool deck, reconfigured columns on the back porch and a refinished pool give the family and their friends additional entertainment space that makes the Tamoney home a sought-after gathering spot in the Spring Valley neighborhood in Altamonte Springs.
Having already completed several projects for the Tamoney's, PSG Construction was pleased to tackle a project that would further increase the livability of the couple's home.
Fully Functional Temporary Kitchen is Created
Since the renovation and addition would shut down Kim's existing kitchen for a period of time, PSG installed a temporary kitchen in the adjacent dining room. In two day's time, PSG relocated all the existing cabinetry, appliances, washer and dryer, and ran a phone line so that Kim could still have a completely functioning kitchen with minimal inconvenience during construction. In order to keep the dining room walls from being damaged, kitchen cabinets were secured to freestanding plywood walls. Even a ceiling light was installed from a drop ceiling that left no unsightly marks.
New Kitchen Space is Marked With European Flavor
To turn the Tamoney's new kitchen into a more efficiently-functioning area, PSG first gutted the existing kitchen. The wall and door separating the kitchen from the family room was removed to open up the space and create an eat-in kitchen. To give a comfortable European presence to the kitchen, a pre-finished oak floor was installed and maple cabinetry was combined with painted wood units. Fluted detailing and ball feet give the cabinetry the appearance of hand-crafted furniture. The eight foot island with granite countertop is the centerpiece of the kitchen and is purposely configured to make the most of the new space.
Sophisticated Recreation Room is Designed for Today's Lifestyle
Just steps away from the kitchen and across the breezeway, the family can now access the new recreation room. The old recreation room was gutted and the raised wood floor was leveled to match the breezeway and kitchen floors. Drywall was removed on the eight foot ceiling, and the ceiling was reconfigured to create a cathedral ceiling that peaks at twelve feet. Exposed trusses are wrapped in drywall and faux finished to look like exposed wood beams. Triple dormers on both ends of the recreation room and arched window insets bring in plenty of light. Recessed lights tucked inside the beams offer indirect lighting. The spacious 33 foot by 25 foot room has plenty of cozy corners and entertainment areas including a wet bar with refrigerator, alcove with bench seat and separate sitting areas. The focal point of the room, however, is the 17 foot hand-built entertainment center. Details like fluted edges, glass knobs and seeded glass doors that match those on the kitchen cabinetry make the built-in an exquisite piece that offers plenty of storage.
A wall of French doors from the breezeway also lead to the porch and pool. Columns on the porch previously obstructed the view of the pool, so PSG reduced the number of columns and rebuilt the remaining ones to open up the view, which is especially impressive from the house with the new bank of French doors.
The newly renovated areas give the Tamoney's additional living space and extra comfort. The project also helps Kim keep her children close to home and happy.
Drywall - R.K. Edwards
Appliances - Southeast Steel
Cabinetry - Central Kitchen & Bath
Interior Doors - Residential Building Supply
Plumbing Labor - Modern Plumbing
Air Conditioning & Heating - Air Masters
Roofing - Steppi Roofing