A Tiny Addition With Huge Impact

A large addition isn’t always necessary to make a home feel more expansive. Sometimes it’s just a matter of rethinking the space you already have.

Our clients, who live in an older home near the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, came to us searching for a solution to a cramped, closed-off galley kitchen and breakfast room. They also wanted better flow in general between the public spaces on the main floor.




The kitchen and breakfast room. The bar counter makes an already narrow space feel even tighter.


The dining room, in a photo taken from the adjacent sitting room. The wall cuts it off completely from the kitchen.


Our solution to these problems involved flipping the kitchen and breakfast room, and pushing out just 60 square feet in back to create a spacious, open kitchen:


Under the new plan, the breakfast room fits comfortably into the old kitchen space, and is now open to the dining room via pocket doors:


We also added a doorway to the living room directly across from the dining room entry, so there is complete circular flow throughout the first floor:


These tiny adjustments gave our clients a large, bright kitchen, a light-filled breakfast room that looks out at the Cathedral, and a more gracious, dining room.

In other words: A small addition with an outsized impact.