The only solution for more space was to go out! The back of the house was bumped out to nearly triple the size of the kitchen, and the laundry and mudroom sizes were adjusted to divide the space more logically. The hallway from the garage was opened up to serve as a generous passthrough serving the mudroom and kitchen as well direct access to the backyard grill.
With this project in particular, the “before” truly wasn’t bad, in fact, it was perfect when their family was just beginning to grow. Knowing they wanted to make it their forever home, they wanted to bite the bullet sooner rather than later on turning it into a true dream space. But, if we were going to tear out spaces that were already pretty decent, it had to be absolutely worth it. And they agreed that to be worthwhile they wanted to gain a covered patio out of the deal. So covered patio we did build!