The trouble with charming homes built in the 1920’s is that the layout of the floor plan is not conducive to the lifestyle of a 21st Century family. Back then, visitors were received in the formal living room and most of the entertaining was in the dining room. The kitchen, the service porch, the bedrooms and bathrooms were unimportant.
The floor plan of our home was typical for the era. The living room and dining room were filled with light and had oak hardwood floors. The remainder of the rooms were approached via a long hallway. The floors in the bedrooms were fir, and there were windows but not the brightness of natural light that we wanted. Also, the only way to reach the back yard was through the hallway, then out one of the back bedrooms.We removed over 50% of the hallway walls and created a better flow between rooms. We were careful to open the line of site from one room to another, and were consistent with the color and finishes. What was once a portion of the narrow hallway is now an open space in the center of the house with the living room, the kitchen, the mud porch and the guest room radiating off of it.
The guest room had been a bedroom off of the hallway. We removed the hallway wall and installed double French doors to allow light to flow through the room. We also hung lined linen drapes on the inside of the room to give privacy to overnight guests.