The result is a free-flowing hive of activity at the back of the house. Those seeking refuge can sneak into the living room to nap under the guise of reading. In fact, says a pleased Stacy, "we're in the dining room and kitchen the whole time—the new setup just works for everyone." That includes the designers' three boys, who have become regular guests. No surprise: It seems the two families find they're equally at home in each other's house.
Shown: Cabinets conceal the laundry chute, which opens at the crossroads between the bedrooms and the bath and empties into the basement at the foot of the washing machine.