"The entryway just looks like a box, but I'm stumped as to how to improve it," says Tyler Wille of his 1920s starter home, in Norwalk, Connecticut. To give him some ideas, we turned to designer Keith C. Bigelow of nearby Ridgefield.
"In old neighborhoods like this one, space is tight and people try to get extra room however they can," Bigelow says. "In this case, the entryway might have been an open porch that was later enclosed." The bumpout gives the house a much-needed mudroom and coat closet, but it detracts from the home's charm.