The First Floor
Architect Cratsley's ground-floor plan divides the existing barn into two equal parts: The front half contains an entry foyer and coat closet, half bath, and furnace room, plus a stairwell that is relocated to the other side of the structure. Squeezing all those small but necessary elements into one end allowed Cratsley to leave the back half wide open, where a 234-square-foot kitchen and dining room will make the cottage feel much roomier. Extending out from the dining area is the 12-foot-square living-room addition (zoning rules prohibit increasing the barn's square footage by more than 20 percent of the existing structure), which will handily double as a second bedroom.

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