Part 1 – Biloski Residence, Ohio

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Part 1 – Biloski Residence, Ohio (Demolition Plan)

  • James Scott

    Good morning John,

    Is a site plan available?

  • James Scott

    I haven’t drawn up a plan yet but I’m visualizing the kitchen in the middle and the living and dining split between the front and the back. In the profile the Biloski family had mentioned that the outdoor space is not that important but they did advise that the dining and living areas are numbers one and two respectively. If the dining space is that important than maybe there is an advantage to it being located toward the backyard.

  • Brad W

    Here is a quick concept.

    Main entry – add a closet on the left, a bathroom to the right and reverse the door swing

    Stairs – open the stairs to the basement as first step towards developing the basement as a hang out for the teenagers and friends

    Kitchen – move to the middle of the house

    Dining Room – open back wall of the house to the backyard using french doors/sliding doors/other

    This changes create a large kitchen/dining room with great access and views to the backyard. The living room is open to this space while retaining some visual separation. Some custom millwork is shown to create display and storage space. More detail is required to complete the finishes.

    A disadvantage of this plan is the lack of a closet/mud room space at the back of the home. The owners could consider adding a mudroom at the back of the home having a closet and small bathroom. This would free up space at the front entry. Also, they could consider not having a bathroom on the main floor and adding a larger 3/4 bath in the basement.

    The drawing was done very quickly owing to limited time this week.


  • Doug Roberts

    My concept similar to Brad’s, with kitchen in the middle, dining room at the back and living room at the front. Given that the garage is in the back, I felt that it was important to keep the bathroom at the back with a proper “mud area” and closet. However, I did not like the way that the existing back entry and bathroom both opened directly into the living spaces, so I turned them towards each other. I agree that the stairs to the basement should be opened up to help incorporate a finished basement into the overall living space (although the clients may occasionally regret that decision when the “teen music” gets cranked up in the basement). I enlarged the front entry, reversed the door swing and added a millwork divider to separate the entry from the living space while still allowing light from the front windows to reach into the entry. I incorporated a small seat into the millwork as a place to sit on while putting on shoes.


  • James Scott

    I agree with both plans so far. Some great ideas.

    Would there be any benefit to the floor plan by extending the back dining space with a solarium?

  • Brad W

    No mud room or main floor bathroom, minimal closet. I think that a design incorporating these elements narrows the space too much.


  • Terri

    I noticed on the demolition plan that the half bathroom was still located on the main floor, which although not in the nicest place, is still a necessary element. Running up or down stairs to relieve oneself is a pain.

    I wanted to keep the kitchen open yet still closed off enough for people to pass from living room to dining room without too much hindrance of movement. I opted to not put the ubiquitous stools at the island because I figure the dining table is close enough. There is space for one or two at the dining end if the clients really want them.

    I envision the cabinetry extending from dining through kitchen with the refridgerater enclosed similarly to keep the eye moving along that west wall. The shaded area beside the wall oven is more cabinetry/millwork, but of a transitional style so that it offers storage as well as a little counter/shelf for keys or mail, etc. The wall beside the entry door is a glass piece–something attractive that is not floor to ceiling and also encased in similar wood as the other built-ins. Same for the closet across from the door–not floor to ceiling either.

    The back door is a single French glass door. I don’t expect it to be used that often except for garbage removal or barbecue, etc. The closet around the corner from it could be used as a recycling centre/pantry/etc. I know it’s not exactly convenient to the door, but I didn’t want to expose it to the dining area, and I figure it won’t be used every day.

    I lost some symbols while playing around with the plan (didn’t make copies) so that’s a pedestal sink in the powder room and the stovetop shouldn’t show such bold lines.


  • Terri

    Whoops! Looks like I changed that back entry again, so the closet is exposed to the dining room. ;) What can I say? It’s late. I apologize for the mess that I forgot to erase in my hurry to download and get off this terminal!

  • Louis Pereira

    Terri – That’s your first plan isn’t it?…That’s great.

    I’m working on a plan that has very similar ideas. I also like the kitchen as you’ve placed it. This allows you to see guests or visitors approaching the main entry. i was intrigued by Doug’s plan and his back entrance layout, but i think there may be some issues with min. space requirements (i.e. w/c and closet). Brad’s plan really opened things up nicely but i agree, the w/c and mudroom on the main floor is still a necessity.