Magazine article Sunset

The Flapjack Remodel

Magazine article Sunset

The Flapjack Remodel

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THE CHANGING WESTERN HOME

* Problem: Not enough accessible and secure outdoor space for a young family. The Kirkpatricks' late-1940s threebedroom bungalow was laid out in a typical pattern: The living room and kitchen faced the street, while the master bedroom and family room (part of a later addition) occupied the rear. A space-hungry driveway took up the entire side yard on its way to a separate garage at the back of the lot.

Solution: "We flipped the house like a pancake," says owner-architect Grant Kirkpatrick. He means that he put a new master suite, with an office nook, at the front of the house, and turned the back into a multifunctional kitchen/dining/ living space that opens to the rear garden. (The bedrooms in the center of the house were left in place.) "With two young boys-Jack is 5 and Ryan is 1we needed a protected place for them to play outside, one that could be supervised, if necessary, from inside the house."

Kirkpatrick also applied the "flapjack approach" to the garage. …

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