The location of the house was near perfect: on a tree lined street across from a pretty park with pond, just minutes away from the center of a camera-ready commuter town. On the other hand, the house itself was not nearly as perfect: short on space and in dire need of a kitchen facelift, it made up for spatial and practical shortcomings with its photogenic Craftsman Colonial details and a good-sized lot ready for an addition.

By chance, the requirements for breakfast and family rooms on the first floor with a master suite on the second fit together snugly in a wing that I expanded out from and built up on a shallow bay that already jutted out from the back of the original house.

I filled the crook of the newly-formed L-shaped footprint with a screened porch serving both original dining room and new breakfast room.

While the floor plans essentially designed themselves, this was not the case for the interior and exterior elevations: it took concerted effort on my part to achieve apparent effortlessness on their parts. Seamless melding of interiors and exteriors ultimately rendered a picture perfect pairing of great house with great location.

As a postscript, the judges of the Great American Home Awards recognized the efforts of the entire building team when it awarded the project first place for Sympathetic Addition, making this a winning project all around.