There was little question that Mark, who'd been planning the renovation for years, would call the shots. But first, he and DeGraw had to synch their visions. Mark wanted to change as little as possible about the original structure. DeGraw pointed out that the main floor's mishmashed half amounted to about 450 square feet, a clue to how the overcrowding began. "There was no way to stay within the original footprint," DeGraw says. The answer was an addition on the house's right side, and he and Mark agreed that it should be stepped back and lower than the original roofline, to fit under an old pine tree in front. On the side, it would line up with a barn-style garage the couple hope to add later.
Shown: Crown molding gives open shelves in the kitchen a finished look.