The couple spend most of their time in the kitchen as they are both passionate about cooking. In addition to being the room that receives the most natural light, it is also the focal point of the house since it is located between the two living areas on the first floor. “I designed the space to make sure that whenever you’re in the kitchen you can clearly see and communicate with those in either seat,” says Robyn.
With the help of Patrick Jones and Robyn’s dad, Robyn and Marshall added a 15-foot, two-story addition to the space that made the transition from the kitchen to the family room. This allowed them to create an open and spacious environment. The central banquet location separating the two areas was important as they knew they would be spending a lot of time there.
The family room opens onto the backyard which prior to the renovation was dark and underused. They decided to make the back walls all in glass to let in as much light as possible and mix the house with nature. Having a functional outdoor space that looked like an extension of the house was an important part of the renovation. Comfort for everyone, including their dog Markley, was key. Robyn planned the backyard so that there could be an open space for the dog, as well as a garden and a separate dining area. Due to the fixed footprint of the land and the house, she also focused on adding porches and a rooftop deck to maximize outdoor space.
By making the back of the house all the windows, Robyn decided it was best to move the master bedroom from the front of the house to the back. Outside of the glass French doors, the exterior patios look like an extension of the room. Interiors have been kept neutral, for comfort and serenity, and infused only with subtle pops of color from special art and personal items.
“Setting up the house seemed like our own puzzle,” says Robyn. But the reconfiguration of the house ended up with some nice surprises. A particularly special? “The roof terrace offers beautiful sunsets,” she says.