Home additions come in all sizes--some you might not even think of as additions because they are so modest in scale. Here is a design solution that draws on the big benefits offered by little additions. In this example, the problem (one we encounter all the time) is: not enough seating space in the kitchen.
Just A Little Bit
Let's say, you don't need a lot more space but you definitely need more than you have. We could build a breakfast room addition, but that would over solve the problem. So we think small. We think banquette. That's built-in seating for casual dining. Here's one we designed for a home in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington DC. It's just a modest little bump out, a window seat really. It serves as a transition space between an open kitchen and living room.
It's a tiny addition to the room, but what a difference it makes. It's so appealing. When you go to a cafe don't you almost always ask for a booth? or to be seated by a window?
Mini Family Room Addition
This little addition is actually a window seat. When you lift the lid on the seating bench, a huge storage bin for the kids' toys is revealed.
It works with or without the table and chairs--giving this family of six the flexibility they need in their family room.
Big Plus Little
This project did in fact require a full kitchen addition. In addition to the addition we snugged in a banquette to provide seating for a large and very busy family to have daily meals.
One of the beauties of this sort of small addition is that, when done well, the result is spatial/visual harmony. Circulation patterns and defined function areas work gracefully together. There is a logic to the room that is immediately felt when you enter. That's the beauty of design, and of thinking small.