Wide passageways became a motif, repeated downstairs, where the parlors were opened to create one living area, and in the entry from the new mudroom to the future family room. Paneling became a motif too, as did Michael's two-tier treatment of the bedroom's fireplace.
Soon, in fact, he had developed a signature approach: Add definition to walls and ceilings with crown and baseboard molding. Descend to basement workshop to make flat and raised panels, window trim, etc. Return upstairs, where handy miter saw is kept. Fit everything in place.
Pictured: The family room's gas fireplace was finished in a less ornate style than the one used for those in the original portions of the house.