"We knew we needed to open up the spaces to each other to create views from room to room, which would make the house feel bigger," says Smith. This meant altering the entire floor plan, beginning with relocating the main entrance. Smith created a "mud alley" here, which navigates the space between the existing sunroom and former garage.
"Although the space is only four feet wide, there are plenty of places for the eye to go, both vertically and horizontally," Smith says. High ceilings make the space feel more open, and a Rais woodstove draws the eye to the end of the room, where light comes in from either side. Additionally, this space is packed with storage: underneath a long bench, bookshelves, places for coats and other winter gear, a counter, angled shoe shelves and cubbies for mail.