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This large historic house seemed surprisingly small and chaotic on the inside, a typical problem when an interior is chopped up into many small rooms. We found that as we judiciously combined rooms, slightly enlarged some of the doorways, and created views all the way through the house, the interior spaces dramatically expanded. We used paint colors and lighting to further enhance this effect.

To my client's delight, this better utilization of their existing space allowed us to re-open a formerly enclosed porch on the second floor, actually decreasing the square footage of the house. The interior now gives the impression of calm and clarity -- and is in harmony with the house's grand exterior.