When designing a tranquil home that perfectly suited her, Ann Lirette decided to do something very different. “Over the years I’ve had a few homes, including a larger one. Turns out, that comes with a lot of maintenance and a lot of time spent not necessarily doing the fun things in life. So when the time came to do it again, I chose to do something quite different,” Ann shares.
While the home totals only 850 sq. ft. of living space, the entire space totals 1,800 sq. ft. Ann explains, “My carport and porch take up more than the living square footage of my house, but that’s exactly how I wanted it.”
With a passion for the outdoors, Ann will find any excuse to be outdoors, so incorporating lots of windows to bring the outdoors in felt natural, as well as functional to make the small rooms feel larger.
Entering the home directly into the kitchen and living space, one large room with no defining lines makes the space feel large and inviting. “The point of the layout of the house was that you could see as much as you could when you walk through the front door,” says Ann.
Two features in the large room stand out. In the kitchen, a 4×4 plank of milled oak, milled by Ann’s brother is the centerpiece of the space. On the opposite side, a mantle gives the impression of a fireplace, without sacrificing valuable space. Ann added tile to give it a pop of color and is very happy with the end result.