In the second of the “Looking Back” series we take a look at the transformation of the Dining Room and Edmonds Guest Room, both on the first floor.

The original breakfast room became the Edmonds Guest room.  Part of the old kitchen can be seen in the foreground

The original breakfast room became the Edmonds Guest room. Part of the old kitchen can be seen in the foreground

The Dining Room had a few issues.  First, there was extensive water damage in one corner that was uncovered with the removal of the multi-layers of

Dominated by a large table the Dining Room provided a few challenges during the renovation.

Dominated by a large table the Dining Room provided a few challenges during the renovation.

wallpaper and paint.  Second, the weight assembly of the three tiered window-door leading out to the back porch was completely deteriorated,  allowing only the lowest two windows to be raised.  To get out to the back porch you had to bend in half and try not to hit your head on the sash.

The first issue was addressed by the great plaster master we hired for the project and in no time the corner was rebuilt and ready for painting.

As for the second issue we had a choice: rebuild the original infrastructure of the window or simply replace it with a door.  For simplicity’s sake we opted for the latter option, and while it was unfortunate to lose the lovely architectural detail form – in this case – had to follow function.

Knowing that we wanted a guest room on the first floor and in order to accommodate the mobility impaired our creative architect came up with a solution to transform the existing breakfast room into a fifth guest bedroom.  This involved cannibalizing some of the existing kitchen space in order to expand the existing half-bathroom into a full bathroom and create a bedroom where there was none.

The Edmonds Bedroom, while the smallest, is bright and airy.

The Edmonds Bedroom, while the smallest, is bright and airy.

Once the renovations of both spaces were completed the focus turned on to functionality and style.  Our personal preference at Bed and Breakfasts where

Open and bright, the Dining Room opens out onto the rear porch leading to the gardens and fountain patio.

Open and bright, the Dining Room opens out onto the rear porch leading to the gardens and fountain patio.

we had stayed previously was to not have one large table for all guests.  Hey!  Not everyone is a “morning person”.  So we opted for 5 separate “two tops”, which then gave us the flexibility to create several combinations of table sizes for various combinations of guest party sizes.  The Dining Room is the only room at The Croff House where you will find lace – we re-purposed lace drapery that was in the house when we purchased it.  We put these up in the bay window to provide our guests privacy during breakfast from #6 Willard Place next door.

Edmonds, being the smallest guest room in the Inn, needed to be light and airy.  Since it overlooks the rear garden and fountain patio it also needed to convey the sense of “garden” with out being overly feminine, while at the same time providing all the amenities found in the remaining guest rooms/suites.  We believe we achieved just that.