The first level’s original maze-like floorplan accommodated three cramped bedrooms, a bathroom, and kitchen and living room. The new program’s focus was to move the kitchen to the back of the house and make it open to the family room and dining area. French doors connect the family space to a rear patio, and large windows flood the open space with natural light. Increasing the ceiling height from 8 to 9 feet also adds to the open feel. This was possible as we were adding a full second story. To learn more about this project, e-mail