The home's original staircase, now reinforced, leads back down to the dining room and the adjacent living room. Our long table, which I built from leftover floor boards, has a full view of the hearth, thanks to the extra-wide doorless passage between house and addition. That spot-on idea was Kelly's and is appreciated every time we light the fireplace for a party.
Shown: The long, family-friendly table for 12 was constructed from surplus salvaged floorboards. A vintage Nesbitt's soda cooler serves as an extra sideboard.