Alice remembers the first time she saw her new home in Princeton, NJ. Everything was perfect … except the house. “We loved the wooded property, the neighborhood, the walking distance to school,” she says. Yet, the classic 1960s-style split-level was gloomy and dated.
Spacious Open Floor Plan Blends Kitchen and Living Space Into One
Fortunately, Alice had the vision to see beyond the dark, closed-in space and shared her ideas with Richard Dickson. “He knew right away that this wasn’t just about renovating a kitchen; it was about taking down walls, putting a beam in the ceiling, updating the HVAC system,” says Alice. “It was about creating a contemporary space that worked with our family’s lifestyle.”
Dickson’s design made the best possible use of a small space, moving the cabinets to one side of the kitchen, and adding an oversized island that blends seamlessly into the living area. “I have three young children and spend half my day in the kitchen,” says Alice. “With a split-level home, I never feel very far from my kids,” she says.
This is one reason for the renewed interest in and respect for split-level homes. Dickson made a point to retain the character, charm and efficiency of a split-level floor plan. “The original kitchen didn’t feel very usable to us. It was cramped,” she says. In addition to opening up the entire first floor, Richard suggested adding recessed lighting and a neutral gray color palette.
“The transformation has been nothing less than dramatic,” says Alice.
To schedule a consultation with Richard Dickson, call 609.799.0220.