Make the Most of a Small Addition
A first-floor master suite maintains the scale of the house and creates a courtyard out back.
Synopsis: Architect Lynn Hopkins details the first-floor addition she and her husband (also an architect) added in order to accommodate the needs of their growing family. The addition includes a master suite, bathroom, reading room, and a walk-through home office that makes great use of the hallway space. The author also expounds on additions in general, pointing out the benefits of adding a first-floor addition instead of an entire second floor, which is more costly and involves a much more disruptive process.
It’s unusual for anyone to buy a house and not have a renovation lurking in the back of their mind. After all, it’s the potential in a house that attracts many of us. In our case, my husband and I started with a little Cape in a nice neighborhood. Because we’re both architects, we assumed (perhaps a bit arrogantly) that we could fix anything about the house except…