second-floor floor plan of 1830s farmhouse rehab
Illustration: Ian Worpole
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Second-Floor Floor Plan

Upstairs, they added a master suite. All of the additional rooms were created while staying close to the house’s original footprint. The design called for adding 150 square feet to the foundation but otherwise building up to make space. “We got lots of square footage inside without overpowering the old scale,” says Quinlan.

“At an open house after the project was finished, I heard one guest say, ‘This is the best example of downsizing I’ve ever seen,’” says Rick O’Leary. Though the home had grown by about 500 square feet, it felt cozier than ever.
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